By what felt like the 47th day of March 2020 or the 82nd day of July 2021, some of us may have begun to question decisions we’d made in our lives, asking things like: Why am I married to this person? Why do I live here? And, in a professional context, why am I doing what I’m doing?

Perhaps as a result of these questions, and the utter absurdity of the context that prompted them, people who were once resigned to work for organizations that did not align with their sense of purpose and meaning decided they would not resign themselves to an unfulfilled life—and started resigning en masse to find work that better reflects their introspective pandemic experience.

But not everyone giving notice these days is striving for purpose and meaning.

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