Fishbowl’s Year In Review 2021

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2021 was a momentous year for the world of work. It was defined by the second year of a global pandemic that has fundamentally changed our relationship with work, the work-place, and stimulated a large conversation about what a positive work environment should look like. 

We took a look back on the World of Work in 2021 based on what we learned from the Fishbowl Community. 

The Story of 2021

Fishbowl set another record for user engagement in 2021. Users spent a cumulative 117,542 days on the app. 

In total, 168,000 salaries were shared between professionals on Fishbowl, and there were more than 169,000 private conversations in 4,190 company bowls about everything from compensation, benefits, vaccine mandates, to company culture. 

 

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Fishbowl platform data as of Nov. 16, 2021

The Great Resignation on Fishbowl

When the story of 2021 is written, it will go down in history as one of the best years ever to be a professional. 

People finally saw accelerating wage-growth after more than a decade of stagnation, and a shortage of workers due to the pandemic led to unprecedented and widespread quitting across the economy as people found better, and more lucrative opportunities in their careers. It is important to note that the Great Resignation as it’s being called wasn’t concentrated on blue-collar, hourly workers. 

Fishbowl users who are predominantly employed in the Professional Services sector also experienced career dynamism in 2021. 

These words related to job-switching appeared with higher prevalence in 2021 than 2020:

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Fishbowl platform data as of Nov. 16, 2021

The way professionals used Fishbowl also mirrored movements within the labor market. 

This chart shows 1) The rate at which non-farm professionals quit their job in 2021 (through September) and 2) the participation in bowls related to finding a new job rising 7x in 2021.

This pattern of people quitting their jobs was reflected in the interest professionals on Fishbowl had in job-switching bowls.

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Fishbowl platform data as of Nov. 16, 2021

How We Worked*

The Great Resignation wasn’t all that dominated our professional lives in 2021. We still dealt with the more mundane aspects of our career as well. 

For example, billable hours and time sheets were mentioned 38 times per day. 

Apparently, email is still a thing people hate, because it was mentioned 26 times more often than Slack. 

And Microsoft Teams was discussed way more than Zoom – 3.75 times more often to be exact.

*Fishbowl platform data as of Nov. 16, 2021

What We Discussed

Here are the topics that were most discussed in 2021 on Fishbowl

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Fishbowl platform data as of Nov. 16, 2021

Here are some Fishbowl posts with the highest engagement in 2021

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Fishbowl platform data as of Nov. 16, 2021

What We Learned

Fishbowl occasionally polled its community of professionals on interesting topics throughout the year to learn more about what people really think. Here’s what we found: 

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  • On the issue of vaccines, 68% of professionals on Fishbowl thought their company should be able to require its employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to return to the office. (Survey of Professionals on Fishbowl, June 22, 2021 – June 25, 2021)
  • 34% of professionals said that remote work made it more likely that they would leave their industry (not just their job) within the next year, while only 28% said they were more likely to stay. (Survey of Professionals on Fishbowl, May 18, 2021 – May 19, 2021)
  • Only 28% of professionals said that their companies had done enough to support their mental health during the pandemic. Nearly one out of every four professionals (23%) said their company had done nothing to support their mental health during the pandemic. (Survey of Professionals on Fishbowl, May 7, 2021 – May 21, 2021)
  • 64% of professionals have said that working from home as a result of the pandemic has made their work-life balance worse. (Survey of Professionals on Fishbowl, May 17, 2021 – May 21, 2021)

What We Did

Fishbowlers started 2021 with serious goals and we witnessed some interesting trends amongst users.

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Fishbowl platform data as of Nov. 16, 2021

 

  • In January 2021, the most joined bowl was Startups & Entrepreneurship.
  • By March, however, those New Year’s Resolutions to get serious about your side-hustles had faded, and the Job Search bowl became the most joined bowl that month. 
  • Saturday, April 24 must’ve been rowdy, because on Sunday, April 25, the number of people who joined the Confessions bowl surged 182%, for the second most joins of any bowl in a single day ALL YEAR!!
  • In fact, more people join the Confessions bowl on Sundays and Wednesdays than any other day of the week. 
  • On May 19, the price of Bitcoin fell 30%, but the number of people who joined Fishbowl’s Everything Crypto Community jumped 143%.
  • Personal finances were of strong interest for professionals in a year that brought about epic wage growth. The Personal Investment Chatter bowl set a record in 2021 for the most people joining a bowl in a single day on Friday, September 17. 

But the dreams that we started the year with never died. The most joined community on Fishbowl in 2021 was the Startups & Entrepreneurship bowl. 

We hope this year on Fishbowl was fun and helpful for you! Thank you for showing up and being a part of our community. If you’re a Fishbowl user, check out how you have contributed to the Fishbowl community in 2021 by visiting the app!

 

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