The trend of showing off work

No longer afraid and afraid of the reputation of unemployment, many Americans enjoy showing off on social networks about quitting their jobs, even inviting others to take a break.

Tiffany Knighten, 28, was upset when she discovered a colleague’s annual salary was $10,000 higher than hers, despite the same workload. She decided to apply for leave and posted a video sharing about leaving the company.

“My mental health has gradually improved,” says Tiffany. Throughout the video, she wears a nose with the words “I hate it here”, referring to the fact that she hates her old company.

Tiffany is not an isolated case. The feeling of disgust at work is quietly taking place among office workers in the US. Instead of being shy and hiding, they are ready to quit their job and announce this on social networks as a “trophy”.

Tiffany Knighten started quitting her job to start her own business. Photo: Amy Lombard/The New York Times

The rate of workers leaving their jobs in the US is at a high level, at 3% this fall, and this trend can be easily seen on social networking platforms with the hashtag #quitmyjob (quit) to appear publicly. Users expressed their happiness when getting rid of stressful working hours and showed a screenshot of the “don’t need this” message to their boss. In addition, some videos have counseling or emotional support for people who are considering quitting their jobs.

Since retiring from work, Tiffany and her friends freely participate in parties. “Everybody is proud to have left the environment that did not benefit them,” she said of her decision to quit her job to open her own media company.

As for Giovanna Gonzalez, 32, who left her role as an investment manager at Phoenix, in June last year was hesitant to go public because she was afraid of being judged by her former colleagues. But because she wanted to inspire others with the confidence to “leave her comfort zone”, Giovanna started making sharing clips. “I’m not bragging, I want you to make the impossible possible,” she said.

Not only employees, executives are also joining this trend. Jack Dorsey, the head of the Twitter platform also announced his resignation, along with a picture of sending an email to resign.

In the past, it was considered unwise to publicize the resignation on social networks. Even disparaging the old company is taboo, making it easy for the following recruiters to have an unfriendly view of the candidate.

But after more than a year of the pandemic, a part of employees is willing to drop the old standards and speak up for personal views. Even, the advantage is in favor of workers who have boldly quit their jobs. When the supply-demand level of the labor market is in their favor and employers have less and less choice.

Notably, the percentage of job postings on the ZipRecruiter website asking for “no experience” increased to 22.9% this year, from 12.8% last year. The percentage of bachelor’s degree requirements fell from 11.4% to 8.3%. In some parts of the US like Nebraska, there are 69,000 job openings, while the number of unemployed people is only 19,300.

“In the past 25 years, this is the first time that many organizations are so thirsty that they hire employees who do not meet the standards,” said Tom Gimbel, head of human resources company LaSalle Network.

The people who run the company also gradually sympathize with employees when taking leave, even though this action was previously considered treason.

“They gradually understand that employees are worried. Many units offer a one-year leave for employees, meaning that quitters can return at any time with the same benefits.” Anthony Klotz, a psychologist at Texas A&M University, says. But many people still gave up and left.

Gabby Ianniello left her job and started Corporate Quitter, a podcast about giving up the 9-to-5 lifestyle. Photo: Amy Lombard?The New York Times

Gabby Ianniello of New York is doing a podcast urging people to give up the “9 to 5” lifestyle (9am-5pm work). Photo: Amy Lombard/The New York Times

As for Gabby Ianniello, 28, a marketing coordinator in Manhattan, who is tired of waking up at 4:45 a.m. to get to work, eating lunch while handling work, and bursting into tears from blisters caused by blisters. had to wear high heels every morning… also resigned.

After quitting his job in February this year with about 10,000 USD in savings. Come summer, she shares happy feelings on social networks. Now, Gabby has also opened a podcast channel about her new life with the message “now, quit is necessary”.

However, some career consultants warn the trend is only short-term fun. Many employers are still looking for candidates on social networks and consider bad news about the old company as unacceptable.

While others say the workforce is shrinking by about three million people, at some point, job demand will be higher than it actually is.

Minh Phuong (According to NYTimes)


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