Here’s a six-word story for this economic moment: Job opening, just posted. Please apply.
Americans are quitting their gigs at a record-setting rate: 4.3 million people said bye to their boss in August, according to new data from the Department of Labor. That’s up from the previous all-time peak, logged this past April. Open positions are likewise trending high.
It’s a job seeker’s market, and employers may find themselves under pressure to make work life a good life, or face a pile of resignation letters.
Is your job giving you the blues? Here’s how to pick a new one that’ll make you happy. “Decades of studies have shown that the people most satisfied with their work are those who find a fundamental match between their employer’s values and their own,” our happiness columnist, Arthur C. Brooks, writes.
But remember: A profession is not a personality. “Too many people who work hard and strive for success self-objectify as excellent work machines and tools of performance,” Arthur explains.
Slack has upended the workplace. Employees love it; bosses, not so much, our Special Projects editor Ellen Cushing writes in our magazine’s technology issue. The software is changing how a generation works—and complains.
Employers have been offering the wrong office perks. Forget the beanbag chairs and the foosball table. Give your staff clean air instead, Joseph Allen, a Harvard professor, advises.
The rest of the news in three sentences:
(1) Most people should no longer start a low-dose aspirin regimen to prevent a heart attack, an independent panel of experts warned. (2) The Brooklyn Nets say Kyrie Irving “will not play or practice with the team” amid a fight over his vaccination status. (3) Kim Kardashian joined Saturday Night Live and remained on brand.
Today’s Atlantic-approved activity:
Knock out those chores. Here’s how gender researchers divvy up all that sweeping and dishwashing and taking out the trash.
A break from the news:
Some flatworms reproduce by having sex. Others just tear themselves in half.