Professor discusses ‘great resignation’ on ‘With Good Reason’

Radford University Assistant Professor of Management Benjamin Biermeier-Hanson.

The workplace changed in 2020 during the COVID-19 global health pandemic as some American workers began prioritizing job flexibility over pay.

Radford University Assistant Professor of Management Benjamin Biermeier-Hanson studies organizational behavior and human resource management. He spoke recently with the “With Good Reason” public radio program about the mass workforce exit known as the great resignation. In the recorded interview, Biermeier-Hanson explains strategies in which employers can retain their workers and what employers learned and did not learn from the now-slowing great resignation.

Biermeier-Hanson’s “With Good Reason” interview will air for one week beginning Oct. 27 on more than 60 radio stations across the United States. Listeners in the New River Valley can hear the program at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 31, on Public Radio WVRU 89.9. The show is available as a podcast at

The “With Good Reason” radio program is produced by Virginia Humanities for the Virginia Higher Education Broadcasting Consortium, which comprises all of Virginia’s public colleges and universities.

The award-winning program is heard by an estimated 100,000 people each week on public radio stations in 38 states, including Virginia and Washington, D.C. Thousands more listeners download the episodes via iTunes.

In addition to Biermeier-Hanson, many other Radford University faculty members shared their ideas and expertise in interviews on the With Good Reason program in the past year:

Professor of History Sharon Roger-Hepburn spoke about her latest book, “Private No More: The Civil War Letters of John Lovejoy Murray, 102nd United States Colored Infantry,” which features a compilation of 56 letters written by John Lovejoy Murray, a private in Company E, 102nd USCT (United States Colored Troops).

Assistant Professor of Biology Tara Pelletier spoke about her research into unknown mammals that are hiding in plain sight.

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Daniel Miner spoke with the radio program about his work with Wheel Love, a Virginia community group that helps make recreational activities available to people with disabilities.

School of Teacher Education and Leadership Professor Tricia Easterling talked to “With Good Reason” about her dedication to teaching and boosting her students' critical thinking skills.

Professor of Biology Karen Powers discussed her research on preventing bird-window collisions.

Associate Professor of English and literary tourist Courtney Watson spoke about her travels throughout the southern United States and various locations around the world to examine the legacies of well-known authors such as Ernest Hemingway, Eudora Welty, Richard Wright and William Faulkner. 

In Hwajung Lee’s “With Good Reason” interview, the computing and information sciences professor spoke about the benefits we receive when we unplug from devices.

Oct 27, 2023
Chad Osborne
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