Slick Tricks for Quick Quitters

Bob Goldman on

Look out! There's a major new detour in your career path.

No longer is the goal to work hard and reach the top. Today, the savvy careerist works hard and reaches for their resignation letter.

"I've really enjoyed working here," you write, "but I'm going to enjoy quitting here a whole lot more."

Or so I learned in "Why is everyone quitting, and how do I know whether it is time to leave my job?" a recent article in The Washington Post by Taylor Telford and Aaron Gregg.

According to the authors, the U.S. Labor Department is reporting "a record 4.4 million people -- about 3% of the nation's workforce -- quit in September." That's on top of the 4.3 million who quit in August.

The name for this phenomenon is the "Great Resignation." What it says to me is that if you haven't quit yet, better get a move on. Nothing is more embarrassing than walking into the office, resignation letter in hand, only to learn there's no one to give it to, since everyone else has already quit.


Of course, if you're one of the poor unfortunates who really love their job, you may need help in finding a reason to quit. Before I quit writing this column, or you quit reading it, here are three factors that tell you it's time to go.

No. 1: Your boss is nice to you.

Does your manager treat you with respect? Do they shower you with scads of appreciation for your work? Beware! All those kind words are meant to lull you into a stupor. Your boss is getting ready to quit. By leaving a responsible employee in place to take up the slack and take on the pressure, your manager's own departure will seem more, well, managerial.

Don't be fooled. The minute you get an awesome review and big raise, immediately quit.


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