Recovering from the Great Resignation: 12 Sustainable Solutions for Organizations

Schaumburg, Ill. (Sept. 19, 2022) — Recent workforce studies across the world highlight a  considerable shift in employees’ attitudes toward work brought about by the  COVID-19 pandemic—including the hotly debated “quiet quitting” trend. ISACA’s  new white paper, The Great  Resignation: Business Challenges and Sustainable Solutions, discusses the  reasons for the Great Resignation, the difficulties it creates for enterprises,  and recommendations for developing a sustainable, multipurpose  workforce-management solution.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing turnover is  a global concern and a major risk to the sustainability and resilience of many  enterprises worldwide. Enterprises must take immediate actions to become  flexible with responses to employee demands, allowing more flexibility for  working from home and balance between work and life commitments when coming  back to work after the pandemic.

ISACA’s white paper delves into the components of operational  resilience and different types of risk that the Great Resignation introduced,  including productivity loss, poor customer service, as well as reputational and  information risk. When addressing the challenges caused by the Great  Resignation, the white paper suggests keeping the following in mind:

Adaptability is  essential: It is hard to predict exactly the skills that will be needed  even five years from now, so workers and organizations need to be ready to  adapt to any of the worlds envisaged.

Focus on employee  value: The risk of losing critical people to burnout or early  retirement will be a constant concern; organizations need to pay careful  attention to the employee value proposition.

Adopt a phased  approach to solutions: Although problems caused by the Great Resignation are  pressing, they should be solved using a phased approach to avoid sudden changes  overwhelming staff.

ISACA’s paper shares several sustainable solutions to  workforce issues, including:

Strengthen  innovation, creativity, empathy and leadership capabilities in the business  alongside critical technology skills.

Build and nurture  adaptability in the enterprise workforce by harnessing a flexible talent mix,  new ways of working and learning, and providing radically different career  paths.

Build a future-looking  understanding of how humans and machines can collaborate to deliver the  enterprise’s purpose.

To download a complimentary copy of The Great Resignation:  Business Challenges and Sustainable Solutions white paper, visit Additional  resources from ISACA can be found at and


ISACA® ( is a global community advancing individuals and  organizations in their pursuit of digital trust. For more than 50 years, ISACA  has equipped individuals and enterprises with the knowledge, credentials,  education, training and community to progress their careers, transform their  organizations, and build a more trusted and ethical digital world. ISACA is a  global professional association and learning organization that leverages the  expertise of its more than 165,000 members who work in digital trust fields  such as information security, governance, assurance, risk, privacy and quality.  It has a presence in 188 countries, including 225 chapters worldwide. Through  its foundation One In Tech, ISACA supports IT education and career pathways for  underresourced and underrepresented populations.