Answer key: Quitting jobs in the U.S.

Lesson Plan:  Quitting Jobs Has Become Contagious

Word Inference

  1. infectious |inˈfekSHəs| adjective (of a disease or disease-causing organism) likely to be transmitted to people, organisms, etc., through the environment.
  2. spate |spāt| noun 1 [usually in singular] a large number of similar things or events appearing or occurring in quick succession: a spate of attacks on travelers.
  3. decades |ˈdekād| noun 1 a period of ten years: he taught at the university for nearly a decade.
  4. contagious |kənˈtājəs| adjective 1 (of a disease) spread from one person or organism to another by direct or indirect contact: a contagious infection.
  5. begets bəˈɡet| verb (begets, begetting; past begot |-ˈɡat| ; past participle begotten) give rise to; bring about: success begets further success.
  6. inspire |inˈspī(ə)r| verb [with object] 1 fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative: [with object and infinitive] : his passion for romantic literature inspired him to begin writing.
  7. poll  |pōl|  [with object] 1 record the opinion or vote of: focus groups in which customers are polled about merchandise preferences.
  8. petri dish |ˈpētrē ˌdiSH| noun a shallow, circular, transparent dish with a flat lid, used for the culture of microorganisms.
  9. mimic  |ˈmimik| verb (mimics, mimicking, mimicked) [with object] imitate (someone or their actions or words), typically in order to entertain or ridicule: she mimicked Eileen’s voice.
  10. *the grass is greener  phrase If you say the grass is greener” somewhere else, you mean that other people’s situations always seem better or more attractive than your own, but may not really be so. He was very happy with us but wanted to see if the grass was greener elsewhere.


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Grammar Focus: Word -Recognition

For employers, replacing just one quitter is a straightforward task. But replacing several, or even dozens, is far more challenging, and the interim period tends to leave existing staff with a heavier load, while recruiters field awkward questions about what’s fueling all the departures. With quitting rates soaring, some executives are wondering how to lift morale.

Reading Comprehension Identify The  Speakers

Tiff Cheng, 27, who left her job in digital marketing in July, along with five of her close friends at the 40-person agency.

“It catches quickly. There’s a shock when you see multiple people leaving — it’s like, oh, is there something I’m not seeing?”

Will Felps, who teaches management at the University of New South Wales.

“Quitting begets more quitting, a challenge that employers can’t always solve with raises or perks. Even a single resignation notice can breed a hot spot.”

 Erika Cruz, 31, was working at a Silicon Valley start-up.

 “Meetings that could have been an email and lack of control over her schedule.”

Anthony Klotz, an organizational psychologist at Texas A&M University.

“It’s a huge decision. If you Google how to resign from your job, there’s lots of conflicting guidance.Those answers are not in a company handbook. It makes sense people reach out for sounding boards from trusted others.”

Nikissa Granados, 26, was weighing whether to leave her job at an Orange County, Calif., school in 2020 to do freelance social media marketing.

She made the leap after seeing two of her teammates resign. She went from making $2,100 a month, spending days on her feet setting up cots for nap time and begging children to wear their masks, to making as much as $8,000 monthly while dictating her own schedule, she said. She realized something now viscerally clear to many child care providers: In her work at the school, the mismatch between strain and pay had been stark.

Kathryn Minshew, chief executive of the Muse, a job search site.

“When one person announces their resignation, there are usually some questions from their colleagues and workplace friends. Where are you going? Why are you leaving?”