Workers are leaving their jobs. But are they getting better ones?

So, let’s find out:

Crista, for their part, left their job in January: “I was weighing the risk of, do I potentially bring Covid home to myself and my family for what amounts to basically poverty wages?” They went back to a previous job at another dog-grooming salon, where the work is “not customer-facing at all,” they said. “I don’t have to interact face-to-face with people, which is a huge relief after some of the attitudes and tantrums.”


Crista, for their part, is making 50 cents an hour less than they were at PetSmart, though they said “it’s worth it just based on how much more calmly my day goes.”

By the way that Christa defines her – their – life that’s a better job. So, yes, they are.

18 thoughts on “Sigh”

  1. There are numerous studies that show job satisfaction means it takes a substantial pay increase for most people to move jobs as people aren’t purely driven by money.
    Any quick scan through motivation theory would tell you the same thing, people look at their job as part of their life not just an income stream.
    I once knew a struggling company where everyone voted to agree to take a weeks voluntary unpaid leave, but the uproar when they stopped the free tea and coffee was crazy.

  2. A few years before I retired I was pretty unhappy with my job and started applying for other work. In most cases I was applying for jobs that would pay less but that I wouldn’t hate as much. As it turned out I was unsuccessful and probably retired a little earlier as a result. But had I changed jobs I would have considered that I was moving to a better job. Money was only a secondary consideration, I had paid off my mortgage and also had access to my pension fund by this time.

    As for referring to yourself as a plural, what a ridiculous affectation that is.

  3. @BlokeInTejas

    You’re right. English has evolved over the centuries to distinguish between singular and plural. I read something like that I’m left wondering who the other person is. The whole point of language is to convey meaning from one person to another. this seems to be a deliberate attempt at obfuscation.

  4. They and their are now singular pronouns? And presumably also plural. It is awkward but apparently woke. I keep wondering when the Spanish documents the local government prints and that I sometimes read to keep in practice will quit using masculine and feminine nouns.

    However, isn’t determining whether you have a better job or not too complex to be left to the individual? Don’t we have woke guardians to determine that for you?

  5. “they” is third person unknown, not third person singular.

    “There’s somebody at the door”
    “What do they want?”

  6. It is strange that in a language with a perfectly adequate third person neuter, they refuse to use it.

  7. Third person unknown.

    Indeed. But this “Crista” thing is known and named.

    So not relevant

  8. jgh
    Third person singular neuter.
    “There’s somebody at the door”
    “Who is it?”

    I have no idea why English slips into the third person plural in certain cases. “What does it want?” would be just as grammatically accurate. Maybe the thorn letter at the start of “they” gives a clue. Relic of the Saxon part of the language like “thee”. Other wise it makes as much sense as wokespeak. Maybe dearieme would have some input on the matter.

  9. Stonyground,
    The worst mistake of St Margaret of Thatcher – ‘we are a grandmother’.

  10. I think she said “we’re a grandmother” It’s quite common. It’s in the London vernacular that I speak. Tendency to use the first person plural for oneself. Using “I” a lot is somewhat pretentious.

  11. It’s in Northern Ireland english as well, isn’t it? Even more pronounced. I know with people from that part of the world, at times I’m thinking “Who’s the other person they’re referring to here?”
    I might say “Give us it” They say “We’re going down the pub, alone”

  12. I think Maggie meant to say “we’re grandparents” but uncharacteristically misspoke. Of course, the usual suspects were all over it, just as you still find people claiming she believed there was “no such thing as society”.

  13. I might say “Give us it” They say “We’re going down the pub, alone”

    Not really one I’ve come across, but the plural of you, as in you’s (or youse) is quite often heard in certain parts.

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