layoff lust
n. The strong desire to be laid off from one's job.
A new term has entered the language: "layoff lust," the sudden desire to be sent away with a severance package, providing time at last to search for meaning and cultivate the soul.
—Cullen Murphy, “Fast-Free Living,” The Atlantic Monthly, April 01, 2002
2001 (earliest)
—“Gen X Embraces the Recession By Going to Plan B: Layoff Lust,” New York Observer, December 10, 2001
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