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Teresa Ghilarducci

How to Cope When Everyone Around You Is Quitting

Advice for burned-out employees who don't have the luxury of leaving or feel obligated to stay at their current jobs.

One option. Photographer: Frederic J. Brown/AFP

One option. Photographer: Frederic J. Brown/AFP

My friend who works in an emergency room as a physician assistant recently told me that she’s ready to collapse. Instead of seeing from 26 to 30 patients a day, she now sees 44. But the culprit isn't Covid - it's from her co-workers leaving and those positions remaining unfilled.

As the great resignation takes hold, workers across industries are sharing similar stories of burn out. U.S. labor productivity rose 2.3% in the second quarter, but what's really eye-popping is that evidence suggests the number went up as fewer workers did more. Most employees are working more hours each week compared to pre-pandemic times, especially in health-care and other service-oriented jobs. So what can those employees who don't have the luxury of quitting or feel obligated to stay do when they feel crushed?