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From Great Resignation to Great Re-Negotiation on space and time for more holistic individuals and organizations

Leigh Anne Liu (Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

Personnel Review

ISSN: 0048-3486

Article publication date: 17 January 2023

Issue publication date: 13 March 2023




This paper aims to offer a new perspective to conceptualize the Great Resignation from the cognition of space and time, as well as the opportunity to re-negotiate space and time arrangements in personal and organizational lives. As a result, the paper provides new ideas for developing more holistic and sustainable individuals and organizations to survive and thrive in challenges of global disruptions.


Drawing from anthropology and psychology works in space and time, this paper proposes new ideas for individuals and organizations to negotiate space and time arrangements that facilitate holistic personal growth and sustainable organizational lives.


This research raises a critical point on the need to reconceptualize and renegotiate work arrangements about where we work and when we work. Anthropologist Edward Hall suggests that work should be viewed from multiple lenses that connotate different meanings of space and time in different parts of the world. Instead of separating professional and personal lives, we need to cultivate a more holistic mindset and renegotiate space and time settings at work.


This research broadened current conceptualizations of the Great Resignation and organizational behavior around work arrangements. From an interdisciplinary perspective, this paper suggests that individuals and organizations negotiate space and time arrangements for more agile and resilient future.



The author is grateful for faculty research grant from Georgia State University’s CIBER.


Liu, L.A. (2023), "From Great Resignation to Great Re-Negotiation on space and time for more holistic individuals and organizations", Personnel Review, Vol. 52 No. 2, pp. 434-441.



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