How To Handle Mass Workplace Resignations: What to do if all your colleagues resign to “japa”

What happens when you show up at work one morning and get faced with the reality that a lot of your colleagues have resigned? Especially with the “japa” wave in the country presently, knowing fully well it must have taken them months to plan, and you cannot just quit because you haven’t got anything planned?

How do you think this would make you feel? Well, this was exactly the case of Rachel, who worked at an insurance company for over five years. Here’s her story;

Rachel started as a junior underwriter and gradually climbed up the ladder to become a senior underwriter. However, around summer time (when schools started resuming abroad) many people resigned from her company, including the head of the underwriting department, leaving Rachel with more responsibilities than ever before.

With the number of resignations increasing, Rachel was given additional tasks and responsibilities without any extra pay. She found herself constantly working overtime, weekends, and even during holidays to keep up with the workload.

She was managing multiple accounts, working on complex cases, and training new hires while handling her existing workload. Additionally, the added pressure and responsibilities started taking a toll on her mental and physical health.

Soon, Rachel started feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and stressed. She found it challenging to manage her time, prioritize tasks, and communicate effectively with her colleagues, and her work-life balance was significantly affected, as she had little time for her family and friends, and even for herself.

You see, Rachel’s case, as unique as it might seem to her, isn’t so unique as many other people can relate to this scenario. Situations like this even take a toll on many, as they might start to feel like they’re being left behind, while some who didn’t even have plans to relocate might start contemplating it, just because of the pressure.

Before you go ahead to making any decisions, you need to first ask yourself 2 important questions. Ask yourself;

  • Am I happy with my present position? Or am I lacking inspiration and motivation?
  • Is there anything else besides my work that makes me more excited?

If you can resolve your dissatisfaction at your current job with your employer, then great! If not, this only means it might be time to start looking for your next opportunity.

But however the case may be, here’s how to approach workplace “japa”

  1. Upskill: Expand your skills and close any talent gaps by upskilling.
  2. Put yourself out there: Utilize social media sites like Twitter and LinkedIn to connect. Also write or speak about your encounters, abilities, and lessons learned so as to get noticed.
  3. Be brave: Being brave means putting yourself out there,so be confident and assertive because your odds of being given more opportunities rise when you are confident.
  4. Demand more:  As the adage says, those with closed mouths don’t eat. Therefore, as you take on more or different responsibilities, this is an excellent opportunity to reassess your situation and negotiate a new job title, salary increase, and flexible work arrangement.
  5. Avoid getting burnt out: As more obligations pile up, be realistic about what you can accomplish. Talk, and take breaks to avoid burning out.


We understand that workplace resignations can be difficult, especially if you’re one of the few people left, but we’re rooting for you, and we’re sure that with the expert tips above, you’ll successfully weather out the storm

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