Shift Shock

What does Shift Shock mean?

Shock you feel when a new job turns out different than you thought

When someone starts a new job and realizes that it’s not what they had in mind, they experience something called Shift Shock. This unexpected surprise can either be positive or negative, but it’s often a letdown when the job turns out to be worse than they thought.

Interestingly, the term ‘Shift Shock’ only began to catch on in 2022. This was largely due to an event known as “The Great Resignation”, during which many people quit their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021.

With so many people leaving their jobs, employers were in a bind. They had to find ways to attract new workers and sometimes, they resorted to exaggerating or misrepresenting their work conditions and perks. For instance, an employer might try to entice millennials with the promise of working from home and unlimited vacation time, only to take these perks away once they’ve started the job.

Example for using ‘Shift Shock’ in a conversation

Just started my new job today! 🎉

That’s awesome! How’s it going so far? 😃

Well, I have to say, I’m experiencing some serious shift shock. 😳

Oh no, what happened? 😮