Burned-out employees leave jobs by the millions



AUSTIN, Texas – Addie Broyles wrote for the Austin-American Statesman for 13 years. Most of her time there she spent writing a food column called Relish Austin. It covered food businesses, cookbooks, farmers markets, and everything in between.

In June she left her position to find something else.

“I loved being a food writer,” Broyles said with a smile. “It was one of the great joys of my life to be able to hold this position. I didn’t like the ongoing difficulties in the journalism and media industries and the never-ending need for content. “

Addie was responsible for writing a column every Friday, even when she was on vacation.

“That was a minor stress that I lived with for more than a decade, and I think my health is better now that I can’t cope with this deadline,” she said.

My farewell column that will be in tomorrow’s paper. It’s been fun digging up a few photos of me in action over the years: https://t.co/lDfI2eNMDH

– Addie Broyles (@broylesa) June 1, 2021

“The Great Resignation” is a defining phrase for 2021. In September alone, 4.4 million Americans quit their jobs, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Harvard Business Review examined the Great Resignation and found that workers between the ages of 30 and 45 saw the largest increase in termination rates, with an average increase of more than 20% between 2020 and 2021. While turnover is typically highest among younger workers , [the] Study found that over the past year, layoffs among workers aged 20-25 actually decreased (likely due to a combination of their greater financial insecurity and lower demand for entry-level workers).

“I think burnout is so real for millennials right now,” Broyles said.I see the Great Resignation as a kind of strike. And I feel like I’m part of a group of college graduates who are saying, ‘I don’t want to work this way anymore, and I’m holding my work in this workforce and trying some other ways of doing my job express and express myself in business. ‘”

After more than a decade in business, Broyles felt more comfortable leaving her job.

“I’ve had enough years in my job to have an established career, have a network of people and have a strong sense of what I’m good at and what I want to do,” she said.

Since June 1st, Broyles has been working on independent projects. She has her own newsletter, which costs $ 6 a month for subscribers. She is also working on a podcast that has some sponsors, but not as many as she would have liked. She gets paid to look after dogs through an app and she knows she can deliver food or groceries if needed.

“In the back of my mind, I can always find a job,” she said.

Another passion of hers is reading tarot cards. Her interest was piqued while listening to a podcast five years ago, and now she is paid to read.

“I can fill my day with work that I find rewarding and that I want to do,” she said.

Despite having multiple jobs, Broyles admits she isn’t as financially secure as she was when she was at the newspaper. But she says she feels wealthy in other ways now. Part of that comes from cooking for her family.

“I could go to work and make enough money to buy kombucha or kefir, or I could find ways to work and be at home so I can make kombucha and kefir for my family,” she said. “There is this time balance. What do we really need? What do we work for What kind of wealth do we want to build? And that kind of knowledge of how to do things like that makes me feel rich. “

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