Freedom From 9-5

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Freedom From 9-5
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Nidhi Sinha - 28 July 2022
For many individuals, especially those who lost their loved ones to the pandemic, being part of the corporate rat race suddenly became unattractive after Covid struck. Having a work-life balance, pursuing dream careers or passions and spending quality time with their families took centrestage. People started discovering alternative ways of living and earning, which some found was more fulfilling. Not surprisingly, the world underwent the “Great Resignation”. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 47 million Americans voluntarily quit their jobs in 2021. India is not untouched. A recent report by recruitment agency Michael Page predicts that 86 per cent of Indian employees are planning to quit their jobs in the next six months. The numbers are unprecedented. While Covid was a trigger for many people, an alternative way of life to 9-5 beckoned to several others, such as Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE), or living a more fulfilled life. Three months ago, Ayushman Basu, 30, left his 9-5 communications job in Mumbai and came back to his hometown...
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