Cindy Ngo knows her story isn’t unique. A nurse since 2014, her experience working through the COVID-19 pandemic completely depleted her, she said, and she was burnt out. So in April 2021, she quit.
The stories of what many are calling “The Great Resignation” aren’t hard to find, especially in the Bay Area. In October, 4.2 million Americans quit their jobs, down 2.8% from a record high of 4.4 million in September. There isn’t one reason for their departure — everything from burnout to lack of childcare to a desire for more work flexibility all have been cited in people’s decisions. To better understand these historic numbers, we talked with Bay Area workers about why they decided to quit their jobs in the past two years.