This week was a busy week. Work was so busy that the IT security lead cancelled all our meetings on Friday and told us to get "caught up". This week I celebrated my fifty-fifth birthday. I rented the upstairs space from Flounder Brewing, Bhavna and I picked up food from Annie's Hot on D Spot Roti Shop, and I invited family and friends to celebrate with me. It was fun but the preparations left little time for photography and the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #174: Shapes and Designs.

The best I could do was photograph dead leaves in the early morning frost.

20 November, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T3 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
20 November, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T3 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
20 November, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T3 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
20 November, 2021 | FujiFilm X-T3 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR

Sunday Reading

According to Greg Morris, the solution to shitty yellow journalism on the internet is more journalism.

Anyone with access to the internet and publication skills now has an unnatural reach around the globe. Shifting power to everyday people by giving them access to unlimited information, but very few filters on the actual information available.

CyberSN, a job and career resource website on information security, claims many professionals are quitting their jobs even as demand for our talent increases. In this post, Combating the Great Resignation with Great Retention, they explain what's happening.

What is the Great Resignation?

For 20 years, from 2000 to 2020, the US resignation rate never surpassed 2.4% of the total workforce. During the height of the pandemic in April 2020, the quit rate plummeted to just 1.6%, with employees plunged into lockdown and either unable to job hunt or laid off by employers. As the pandemic continued into 2021, the number of resignations has been steadily climbing, reaching 2.9% in August 2021, the highest on record. Tech is one of the hardest hit industries, with resignations increasing by 4.5%.

Why are professionals growing restless?

Many are attributing this employee exodus to the pandemic shifting priorities in both our lives and careers, with professionals delaying transitioning out of their roles until the pandemic eased, requiring more flexibility or better work-life balance. Half of the professionals surveyed in ISACA’s State of Cybersecurity Report felt that cyber employees are leaving their current jobs due to lack of promotion opportunities and poor financial incentives, with 40% also blaming high-stress levels at work. Stress amongst cybersecurity teams is common, with 91% of CISOs stating that they suffer from moderate or high stress and 57% of employees currently in a burnout state.

We are running on fumes.