Why You Should Make ‘Career Cushioning’ Part of Your Job This Year + MORE Feb 1st

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Have you ever casually browsed job boards, just to see what’s out there? Taken a recruiter’s call, even though you’re not sure you want to leave your current role anytime soon? Started a side hustle because it never hurts to have a Plan B? Congratulations, you were “career cushioning”—which means you’re ready for 2023’s buzziest work trend. 

In a nutshell, career cushioning is exactly what it sounds like: Being proactive about your career prospects to soften the blow should anything go wrong with your current job, whether that’s layoffs, a toxic boss or just waking up with the sudden realization that you’re stuck in a role that no longer serves you. 

It’s about keeping your options open, says Miriam Groom, an industrial therapist, career coach and founder of Montreal-based Mindful Career counselling service. She says the motivations are similar to what drove 2021’s “Great Resignation,” which saw 47.8 million Americans quit their jobs. (Although we didn’t see as many workers flat-out quitting here, according to the Financial Post, 24 per cent of Canadians changed jobs during this period…

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