DENVER — Dawnn Short had a successful career as an analyst for a medical device company. Her hobby was roasting coffee beans as she and her husband love good coffee.
During the pandemic, Short decided to turn that hobby into a business. It went really well, so she quit her corporate job.
Short is one of more than four million people in the U.S. each month who are quitting their jobs. Some are quitting to make more money or for better quality of life, while others like Short are looking to follow their dreams.
It's why you see so many "Help Wanted" signs these days in restaurants, box stores, business offices and factories.
Labor experts say it's going to take some time to sort things out.
In the meantime, employers are going to have to get pretty creative to attract workers. It's not only better pay — although that's a big one — but everything is on the table, from helping to pay for daycare to four-day work weeks, flex schedules and working from home.
The pandemic gave workers time to reflect on their lives and many decided they'd rather do something else.
Many labor experts say it may be less of a "great resignation" and more of a "great reassignment."
Meanwhile, Short said if you're stuck in a job you don't really like, go for something else.
"It's so rewarding," said Short. "Yes, there's the money issue. 'Can I afford to do it?' But if you've got the passion to do something, do it. You're not going to have that sitting at a desk job."
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