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An emergency exit sign is seen next to closed counters of German air carrier Lufthansa on the day of the airline's annual general meeting at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, May 4, 2021.
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Romy Newman, president of career advice site Fairygodboss, said the best piece of advice she ever got came from an HR manager at a previous employer: “You should always be browsing for jobs.”

Keeping an eye out for other offers, and your mind open to the idea that you could always quit, can help you think through what you want out of your career. Sometimes, that might lead you to leave your job—but it might also push you to ask your boss for a raise, a promotion, or some other change that will make you happier in your current role.

Lately, a lot of workers have started thinking about quitting. Microsoft’s 2021 Work Trend Index report surveyed 30,000 people in 31 countries and found that over 40% of workers are considering leaving their employer this year. The company cites pandemic-induced burnout and the erosion of work/life balance for remote employees as possible explanations.