In April 2014, just under 2.5 million Americans quit their jobs. That’s more people than live in Pittsburgh, PA! Some people quit with a new job awaiting them while others just needed something new. In the eyes of some economists, it’s a sign that the economy is getting red-blooded again. However, not every reason for quitting your job is a winner. Here are 4 signs that your resignation might be jumping the gun.
You’re quitting on an impulse – It’s like buying a Lamborghini on a whim. In most cases, you’ll regret your decision within the first few miles. Let’s face it: we’ve all had days where we wanted to quit in a flurry of emotion. With deadlines approaching fast and complications worming out of the woodworks, stress levels can easily spike. However, you should never be quitting your job without calm forethought.
When you’re hit by the full force of a terrible workday, the goal is to simply survive. Don’t add undue pressure on yourself to make it better; it usually pushes you closer to the brink. Never try to make any sweeping fixes. Just weather the day until you can escape into something that gets you recharged. Go for a run. Marathon your favorite show. Spend time with family or friends. Then, when you have a clear head, make your decision.
Your only goal is more money – Anyone who tells you that money doesn’t matter is oversimplifying things. Money is important – job satisfaction alone isn’t going to pay your bills – but it shouldn’t be your driving force. Of the reasons to quit your job, an increased salary only satisfies for a short window of time.
Before long, your lifestyle will expand to fit your salary. If your new job lacks the key principles of job satisfaction (ample challenges, a rewarding culture, new opportunities to learn, etc.), it won’t be long before you feel it’s time to quit your job yet again. Repeat this a few more times and you’re little more than a money-minded nomad.
You’re starting to feel bored – A good job challenges you. It pulls you out of your comfort zone and encourages your growth. However, you shouldn’t fly the coop as the first symptoms of boredom begin to creep into your career.
First and foremost, try to take care of your own engagement. Seek out new challenges. Ask your boss for more engaging responsibilities. Try to incorporate new technology into your repertoire. After you’ve exhausted all other options, it’s definitely okay to consider your other options.
You cannot stand a coworker – Not every work relationship is going to be an amicable one. Some people, maybe an immediate coworker or boss, will rub you the wrong way and get your ire burning. Your reasons to quit your job should not rest solely on this conflict.
Mediation is always the first step. If you need to do so, bring in a neutral third party. Be open to the other person’s perspective and take steps to correct your own behaviors. However, if you’re in a hostile culture that naturally clashes with your personality or values, it might be time to consider a new job.
by James Walsh