Quitters Without Jitters

Bob Goldman on

Be honest now -- when was the last time you thought about quitting your job?

Was it two weeks ago, because that's when you were ordered to return to the office, or two minutes ago, because that's when you realized that, if you do go back, you'll never again get the chance to watch "Oprah"? Either way, you are not alone.

Ask the Economist magazine.

"Workers are quitting jobs at rates not seen this century," says the hoity-toity British publication. "In April, according to preliminary data from the Department of Labor, 2.7% of the workplace quit their jobs -- well above the previous peaks of 2.4%, briefly reached in 2001 and 2019."

There are good reasons to take that job and shove it. Many willing workers are having trouble finding affordable child care, while other employees may balk at a return to the petri dish of disease that is the modern office. Also on the table are concerns that workers, who are receiving an extra $300 a week in federal unemployment benefits, may decide that, instead of going back to work, they'll use their windfall to buy a 400-foot superyacht and cruise the Cote d'Azur. Or so 25 Republican governors apparently believe, which explains why they took an ax to the program. (If you're wondering why Jeff Bezos' 400-foot superyacht just showed up on Craigslist, now you know.)

One obvious motivation driving the quitters is the plethora of bright shiny new jobs now available, many in the area of food service.


Don't turn up your nose.

Why not put your art history degree to work as an Alley Coordinator, a Prince of Parsley, artistically arranging garnishes at a nearby Olive Garden? "Non-managerial wages in the hospitality sector hit a record of $15.70 per hour in April," according to the Economist. I don't think the Museum of Modern Art pays that much.

As someone who has left many jobs in the past, though never quite voluntarily, here are a few of the circumstances that say, "It's time to quit."

No. 1: The big boss calls you by your first name.


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