Do you want to quit your job??
Well, it’s not surprising considering the fact that almost 60-70% of employees keep thinking about quitting their jobs at all times. Not particularly sure about it, but you do have an inkling of it, like a residual tone of a song playing in the background of your mind without pausing. It is stubborn and despite all your affirmations and explanations to forget it, it stays.
Neither it’s uncommon nor irrational to be having such thoughts.
There are the most likely reasons that making you quit your job –
- First, because you don’t like your job, even hate it. Not that you dislike the job itself but the toxic environment, boss’s behavior, you feel undervalued, endless workload, manipulative team lead, or something else. These are the major factors that influence you into deciding to quit.
- Second, when you are actually comfortable at your job- good pay, satisfying job, but you see everyone around you at the workplace is leaving their jobs and that’s when you start thinking why you should too. Maybe they know something that you don’t, maybe something is wrong here which I’m not aware of, they are thinking about growth elsewhere and I should too, etc.
- It might also be that you see no room for improvement in the current job or you want to change the career itself.
But how to know that it’s the right decision for you?
That’s what this blog is about! So, shall we?
Ask these questions before quitting your job
You might have good reasons to quit your job, but before you go, you should ask these 5 questions to yourself –
Are you sure about quitting?
Have you thought about it twice? Are you completely sure about quitting? What are these things that tell you that it’s time to quit?
Maybe you have been working on the same role and routine for so long that you are frustrated and see adventure in another job.
It won’t benefit you in any way if you carry those troubles with you to the next job and start thinking about quitting that one too. Instead of quitting, try to sort out your issues. You need to acknowledge what exactly is troubling you.
To be sure about quitting, it would be best to take a couple of days off and go on a trip. It will clear your head, recharge your battery, and help you think of it in a new light.
It’s quite possible that when you return, you see nothing wrong with the job and don’t want to quit anymore.
And it’s worth to try to get things right in this job only as both the company, and you have invested time, efforts, and resources to bring you where you are now.
Do you see growth at your current role?
If the answer is YES, then nothing else matters much. But if your answer is NO, then it’s right of you to see advancements elsewhere.
But did you try to collaborate with the HR or manager to determine what possible growth you can see in your role or how to get where you want to be?
It’s possible that you want a role in a different department but doesn’t see a way to get there. Unless you work with the HR or boss to find out what skill set or certifications would you need to successfully transit to that role, there is no possibility for this internal movement.
If nothing else works, then you will leave knowing that you did your best and there was just no room for betterment and growth.
Are you filled with negative thoughts?
You had a dreadful day at work, and you are very angry and want nothing more than to leave the company right at that moment. However, it would be a not very wise decision and will create even more trouble for you.
Quitting your job in a fit of frustration and rage without following proper transition procedures may lead you to face legal actions. Also, it will ruin your image in front of the entire company, boss, colleagues, and even your well-wishers.
Letting your emotions take the lead is not a mature move in a professional environment, you need to stay in control. These things are what instill leadership qualities in an individual and ensure growth.
There’s a big difference between actually having a toxic work environment or getting frustrated enough with everything that you think is toxic. It might be all in your head and not in reality.
Maybe all this negativity is augmenting the situation many times than it actually is. Before taking this big decision of quitting the job, you need to leave some space for positivity and think with clarity, without any judgments or prejudiced opinions clouding your mind.
Did you try to speak your concerns?
It will serve you well to voice your concerns to your team lead, manager, HR, or boss.
If it’s about toxicity or politics at the workplace that’s eating your mind, then the best way out of it would be talking – to your superior, mentor, or anyone else instead of bottling it all up into your head.
Frankly, no employer would want to reap any kind of toxicity in his premises, so it would be a plus point if you report about such things (Not before confirming that it’s real and you are not just assuming things!).
If it’s about your role, responsibilities, or salary, then also you need to speak to HR first. You might get help in shifting your role and workload, or place you in a different project,
You also have a better chance to switch your profile in the current company without going through all the trouble of finding a suitable job after months of searching and interviewing.
In all probability, you will get a solution to deal with your situation, if not, then you know what to do!
Does quitting solve your problem?
The market is always uncertain and finding a job matching your requirement is hard to come by. Depending upon your skills and experience, it may take a few to many months before you find that specific role.
As they say- ‘the best lessons are learned in the darkest and toughest of times’.
It’s easy to collaborate in a comfortable environment, but it takes a stout heart to stay in not-so-good times.
Those are rare people who do not blame anything or anyone about their present condition and only focus upon the betterment of themselves. Only a brave person says ‘It’s only a phase and things will be better soon’ or ‘I need a change of scenery, that’s it’.
Last but not the least, if things get too out of control, ugly, and unavoidably intolerable to handle, then wise people keep a backup plan in place. If you have made your mind to quit then you better leave prepared.
Whatever decision you make, trust yourself with it and make it work because, in the end, it’s you v/s you and no one else is responsible for your actions but you.
All the best to you and I would stop typing here hoping that you would work out whatever issues you have at work. 🤞😊