First came the Great Resignation, then quite quitting, and now a new workplace catchphrase is trending on social media – career cushioning. In the midst of job uncertainties and mass layoffs, everyone is curious about how to make their career recession-proof. This new workplace trend can be your answer!
What is career cushioning?
The term cushioning comes from the dating world, where people keep their romantic options open to avoid the hard landing of a breakup. Likewise, career cushioning is the act of discreetly lining up a Plan B while fully employed. Given the current scenario with tech giants like Twitter, Meta, Amazon, and several others laying off employees constantly, it’s natural for the workforce to feel anxious about making their careers more secure.
How are employees doing career cushioning?
Before getting into the how and why of career cushioning, it’s crucial to remember to be ethical. That said, career cushioning is about being aware of what could be your next potential workplace in case of any mishap at your current one. It’s mostly about job-searching lite, networking, and job board scanning. These must be done off-hours.
Why to do career cushioning?
While many are in favour of career cushioning, several are against it. During an interview with Bloomberg, career strategist Abbie Martin said there is no need to feel guilty about career cushioning. “A lot of people feel that looking for another job while already employed is cheating on a company, which I find insane,” she said. Career cushioning in its simplest form is making sure you’re always prepared for potential change.
3 reasons to cushion:
- To have more control in the ever-changing market.
- It’s the answer to the question most employees are asking themselves right now - What would you do if the thing you’re currently doing was suddenly gone?
- Cushioning can help you develop your skills and keep yourself relevant.