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Working Strategies: Quitting your job Part 1: What to do at work

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Working Strategies: Quitting your job Part 1: What to do at work

Do you remember a few years ago when quitting out loud was all the rage? YouTube and social media were lit up with people topping each other with the most flamboyant ways to quit their jobs. Bands were hired, billboards were customized, singing telegrams were delivered … disgruntled workers could hardly wait to tell the world how they felt about their jobs.

Amy Lindgren

I wasn’t a fan of the trend, but I’m old-fashioned that way. I still favor giving a little notice, but if someone’s going to leave in a huff, a simple “I quit” will do. No need to be obnoxious about it.

Quitting is in the news again, although not for the spectacle of it. Now, the sheer number of job quitters is grabbing attention, with more people voluntarily leaving their positions than any other time in the past 30 years.

All I can say is we’ve come a long way. This may seem odd to millennials or even gen-xers, but it wasn’t long ago when people felt ashamed to be out of work. You could be rich and own five homes but if you weren’t going to work, something was wrong with you.

Those weren’t the good old days, in my view. For fear of cultural approbation, workers stuck with abusive bosses or low wages or unfulfilling positions. But if they left, new employers might decline to hire them, under the assumption that someone who quits without new employment is unreliable or a job hopper.

Overall, it’s a good thing that workers are feeling more freedom of movement. It’s better for the worker and, eventually, it will be better for the workplace when more jobs are held by people who want to be there, not by those who feel trapped into staying.

Unfortunately, not everyone who’s quitting right now is exercising some new-found sense of freedom. Lack of day care, fear of getting sick, and just plain burnout are driving a lot of the job departures that are filling up economists’ stat sheets.

Like everything else in our work lives, there are good and less-good ways to do things, including quitting a job. If you’re toying with the idea of leaving, whether from necessity or to fulfill a personal dream, you’re probably not lining up a brass band to give the announcement. That’s good, but what departure plans are you making instead?

Following are five things to do at your job before giving notice. Next week’s column will provide five more things to do in your personal life, with a final column on five things to do in your career before pulling the plug on your job.

1. Talk to your Boss. This may be the last thing you want to do, but think about it: If you’re going to quit anyway, what’s the harm? Set a meeting and explain that you’re thinking of leaving, then see what transpires. You might not change your mind, but then again, you might end up with a raise or a better schedule while you complete your plans.

2. Look for internal opportunities. Maybe you don’t need to quit so much as you need a change of pace. New committees, projects or a new job altogether might make it possible to stay longer with the same employer.

3. Prepare to leave. Just in case things go faster than you expect, start now to collect contact information for your co-workers or others you want to stay in touch with, as well as work samples for your portfolio. While you’re at it, clean out your computer, truck, locker, desk or work station so you can make a quicker exit when it’s time.

4. Upgrade your training. If you’re planning to stay a few months or more, look for company training you can access in the meantime. That could be software upgrades, management classes, license renewals, etc.

5. Check your timing. Does your company pay bonuses in March? Then don’t leave in February if you can help it. Do you get depressed in the winter? Then it might not be smart to be unemployed when the snow flies. Since you’re controlling this job departure, make sure the timing suits you as well.

What if you just want to leave — right now? If you’re too burned-out to make plans, take a sick day, breath deep and think once more just to be sure. Or wait for the next two columns to see what else you might want to do before flying the coop.

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The 10 best jazz albums of 2021

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The 10 best jazz albums of 2021

December means “best of” list time. And here’s the list I think about putting together all year long.

My criteria are pretty simple: What albums, out of the hundreds that come my way every 12 months, am I liable to put on again and again? What surprises me every time I hit play? What invention and beauty sets one piano trio date, say, apart from the others?

It’s been a remarkable year for new music, and emerging old music was well represented in 2021, too. Here’s my top ten, followed by some terrific excavations. I hope you’ll dig in.

James Brandon Lewis Red Lily Quintet — “Jesup Wagon” (Tao Forms)

The emerging tenor saxophonist and composer leads a thrilling band, featuring cornetist Kirk Knuffke. Lewis has his free jazz history down, and at times he sounds like Albert Ayler might in the 21st century.

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Lewis & Clark Community College partially reopens after cyberattack

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Lewis & Clark Community College partially reopens after cyberattack

GODFREY, Ill. – Lewis & Clark Community College is reopening its campus Monday to team members only.

The school shut down just weeks before finals due to a ransomware attack on November 23. The school was forced to shut down everything from its phones to the website’s home page.

Student activities and events will all return to a normal schedule starting Tuesday morning.

All classes, campus events, program events, and athletic events were canceled last week as the college’s IT department worked to resolve the matter.

Students were told they will not suffer any academic penalty for this disruption.

Due to the attack, all of the electronic systems on campus were taken offline to prevent further problems. It’s not been made clear how the attack occurred.

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Kiszla vs. O’Halloran: Did Broncos throw too much money at receivers Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick?

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Kiszla vs. O’Halloran: Did Broncos throw too much money at receivers Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick?

Kiz: Broncos general manager George Paton recently spent more than $95 million, including in excess of $50 million guaranteed, in new deals for receivers Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick. During an embarrassing 22-9 loss to Kansas City, however, Sutton and Patrick produced only three receptions for a grand total of 24 yards after being targeted 11 times by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Did Paton throw good money down the drain?

O’Halloran: Handing out receiver contracts days apart remains an interesting development, particularly because Jerry Jeudy is making plays befitting a No. 1 target. But two games is too small of a sample size to serve as a judgment on the deals because Paton is playing the long game, trying to keep (and then gather) assets that make the Broncos attractive to a veteran quarterback next March. But the numbers also don’t fib — Sutton and Patrick should be more involved. In the last four games, Sutton has nine catches and Patrick 13.

Kiz: The Denver offense definitely isn’t explosive and often isn’t efficient. Should we place all the blame at the feet of offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and Bridgewater? Or is it fair to wonder that outside of rookie running back Javonte Williams and 2020 first-round pick Jerry Jeudy, the Broncos’ simply don’t have enough playmakers? Patrick can help you move the sticks on third down. But is either he or Sutton a true big-play threat?

O’Halloran: Much of the criticism should be directed at the play-caller (Pat) and trigger man (Teddy), which you correctly took to task after the Chiefs’ 12th consecutive win over the Broncos. Where is the originality? Where is the smart-but-aggressive chances? Where is the downfield accuracy? The Broncos called an early shot to Patrick, but Bridgewater overthrew him. They threw a pass to Sutton down the right sideline, but he couldn’t break free of coverage. And they went deep to Sutton, but the pass wasn’t anywhere close to being accurate. In the biggest game of the year, the Broncos were particularly short-handed at quarterback.

Kiz: I understand the logic behind the new deal for Patrick. He’s a football warrior. While Sutton is a solid teammate and stand-up guy, he doesn’t strike me as either a true No. 1 receiver or a target who will make it any more likely for Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers to dream of playing quarterback for the Broncos in 2022. While I firmly believe Paton has shown what it takes to be the GM who returns this team to an elite level, I also think he showed too much love to Sutton.

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