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"Hey girl, what's up?" "Oh, not much. I just quit my job." *sips tea* "Sounds goo-wait, what?!"
Yes, that is the exact conversation I had with someone after quitting one of my jobs to teach English in South Korea. It honestly baffles me when people are surprised that I just walked away from a job.
Let me ask you this: are you currently happy with your job? Do you smash the snooze button on your phone, roll over and groan, absolutely dreading having to walk in there every day or do you hop out of bed, dance into your clothes and walk into work with the brightest smile?
If your answer is along the lines of the first one, you need to take a step back and seriously evaluate the reason why you’re still at this job. Is it because you need money to pay the bills? Or maybe it’s because you feel as though you’re obligated to stay. Whatever the reason may be, ask yourself if you can seriously see yourself sticking around for the long run.
Alright, so we’ve come to the conclusion that you don’t turn into a chatterbox about how much you love what you do. Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of why it’s perfectly okay to swipe left and move onto something better.
- 1 1. It ain’t all about the Benjamins
- 2 2. Your boss or co-workers (or both) are trash
- 3 3. The passion just isn’t there anymore
- 4 4. It’s physically taking a toll on you
- 5 5. There’s no recognition for a job well done
- 6 6. Work Life + Home Life = No Go
- 7 7. You’re doing the work, but where’s the money?
- 8 8. You’re Cinderella, but your job isn’t the glass slipper
- 9 9. If you can’t go up, where can you go? Out!
- 10 10. A better opportunity comes along!
1. It ain’t all about the Benjamins
Let me be the first to tell you that you should not be at a job purely for the money. Society has brainwashed many of us into thinking that this is what working is all about, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Is it true that money is awesome and we need it to fuel our Netflix addictions? Yep, it sure is, but having money is not the answer to everything. There is absolutely no reason to work yourself to death for the sake of it. Remember, there will always be money, but what you won’t always have is time, so take care of yourself.Remember, there will always be money, but what you won't always have is time, so take care of yourself. Click To Tweet
There are so many ways to make money these days. Hell, this blog is a prime example of a way to make money without selling your soul.
I’m all about honesty and as your friend, I’m going to say this, please don’t let yourself become a slave and held captive by money. Your job is not worth it. #Srsly
2. Your boss or co-workers (or both) are trash
It’s as simple as that. There’s no sugarcoating it, they suck! S-U-C-K, suck! You have no control over how nasty someone is, especially if you’ve done everything you can about them, including speaking with them personally or going to higher-ups about their behavior. At some point, you have to realize your self-worth and put your damn foot down! You do not have to put up with someone’s incompetence, disrespect, bullying, gossiping, sexual harassment, or whatever the case may be. You need to leave those toxic people behind in that toxic environment and move on to bigger and better things.
3. The passion just isn’t there anymore
It’s happened to us all at some point in our lives: we’ve fallen out of love with something or someone. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. If you feel as though you’ve lost the connection with your day-to-day tasks or you’ve gotten ridiculously bored with everything, you might as well throw the towel in and start embarking on your next journey. Did you know that 41% of people aren’t interested in their work? That’s tragic and actually very disheartening! The age-old saying of “If you do something you love, it won’t feel like work” has never failed to ring true! It’s never too late to pick up some new skills or to enhance the ones you have to give you not only a boost in confidence when applying for a new opportunity, but it also gives you a more competitive edge!
There are plenty of affordable online options that you can choose from to learn something new. Here are a few to get you started, some free and some paid (but not expensive):
4. It’s physically taking a toll on you
This is a BIG no-no in my book! Your job should not be making you sick, whether that’s from stress, physically, mentally, you name it. A job also shouldn’t be making you come into work after having a serious surgery or procedure done, that’s inhumane. Believe me, it happens, and people will continue going in despite feeling like they’re on their deathbeds just to keep their jobs. All this shows is that your job just really does not care about you as a person and they will replace you very quickly.
The sad reality is that you’re nothing but a number, so always be aware of your health. Don’t push yourself to your limits.
5. There’s no recognition for a job well done
Where is the love?! Not to straight up bite off the Black Eyed Peas, but for real, who likes to bust their ass at work and not even get a “good job, (insert name here).”? As human beings, we feel the need to be recognized when we do something great and can burn out quickly if we’re working our butts off with nothing to show for it.
Not everyone needs recognition for doing their job, but let’s not act like we wouldn’t appreciate it every now and then, especially if you’re going above and beyond.
6. Work Life + Home Life = No Go
What good is it if you can’t separate from work when you walk out of the door every day? The stresses of your job should stay there, in the workplace. Try your very best not to bring any of that negative energy into your home because this can cause a rift between you and your significant other, your children, your parents, or your friends. You may lash out and take your frustrations from the job out on them and that isn’t good for any of the parties involved. If your unhappiness at work has gotten to that point, it’s time for you to take a step back and make a change for the better. Everyone in your life will thank you for it.
7. You’re doing the work, but where’s the money?
No, I don’t mean you’re not being paid at all, that’s an internship, but there are instances when you’ll be doing things outside of your job description or taking on extra responsibilities. If you don’t mind doing those things, that’s great, but if you’ve taken on those responsibilities and it doesn’t get reflected in your paycheck, you need to do one of two things: bring attention to it and ask for a raise or chuck up the deuces and take your talents elsewhere that will appreciate them. As millennials, we are known to go above and beyond to prove that we aren’t what older generations claim we are, i.e. lazy and cry babies. You are not someone who should be taken advantage of, so be sure to make this known.
8. You’re Cinderella, but your job isn’t the glass slipper
Are you a good fit for your job personality wise? Believe it or not, this plays a major role in how well you perform in a certain career as well as the level of job satisfaction you’ll have. If you’re an introvert, are you really going to shine in a customer service oriented position? Probably not. This article from Business Insider can give you a more in-depth look at the different personality types and how they do in terms of salary, happiness, and whether or not you’re better at being self-employed just to name a few things. You can also take a free personality test here!
9. If you can’t go up, where can you go? Out!
No one wants to work in a dead end job. So, if there are no opportunities to move up within a company or you’re simply being overlooked despite being qualified for a promotion, what are you really doing with your life? No one is (hopefully) trying to stay in the same position their whole career. You’re doing everything necessary to move up the ladder and it’s just not happening: excelling in your position, building great relationships with managers and co-workers, receiving great feedback about your work ethic…and that’s it. There’s an underlying issue, one that you may never find out, so don’t continue being stuck in the same position with the same salary if you know you’re worth more.
10. A better opportunity comes along!
Hopefully, this one is a no-brainer for ya’ll. There’s no need to go in-depth here, but if you are approached with a better opportunity than the one you’re currently at in terms of pay, location, benefits, etc. there really shouldn’t be much hesitation to kick your job to the curb. Look back at the time you spent at this job and reflect on what it taught you about yourself, your work ethic, and how well you deal with certain people. Be grateful for all that you’ve learned and take that with you in future endeavors. Good luck!
At the end of the day, you’re in control of your mental health, well-being, and happiness, so you have to do what works best for you. No one can live for you or through you, so don’t allow them to.
Fun fact: According to this GoBankRates survey conducted in 2017, 57% of Americans have less than $1,000 in their savings and 39% have no savings at all.
So if you’re planning on calling it quits, be sure that you have enough money to survive your job hunt if you don’t already have something lined up. If you don’t, this only puts in a tough spot which can lead to bad decisions financially.
“If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission.”
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Let me know down in the comments how you feel about quitting your job or how you knew it was time to go! I’d love to hear all about it.
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