The quitting economy
When employees are treated as short-term assets, they reinvent themselves as marketable goods, always ready to quit.
- In a way new to the world, and begun by the re-orientation of companies to maximise shareholder value, quitting work is now central to what it means to have a job in the first place. People apply for jobs with the conscious plan to quit, with an eye toward what other jobs the job for which they are applying might help them get.
- If you are a white-collar worker, it is simply rational to view yourself first and foremost as a job quitter – someone who takes a job for a certain amount of time when the best outcome is that you quit for another job (and the worst is that you get laid off).
- A good job is one that prepares you for your next job, almost always with another company. And it isn’t a good job if you have to work such long hours that you never have time to look for the next job.
- In the quitting economy, you have to work for passion, and working for passion means focusing on the task, not the company. When you work a job that presumes you will quit before too long, the tasks that are good for the company might not be good for you.