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The worst reasons to quit your job
August 28, 2017, 10:56 am
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There’s nothing inherently wrong with saying sayonara to your current job. With the right timing and the right strategy for dealing with your disappointed employer, leaving your gig may even turn out to be the best decision you have ever made. That said, resigning is a pretty big deal, and there are many common workplace issues that (while certainly frustrating and problematic) are probably not grounds for doing so in and of themselves. If any of these problems are plaguing you from nine-to-five, see if you can get creative about solving them before you give up entirely.

You’re not crazy about your coworkers: Having a friend to sit next to in meetings and chat with at the water cooler is (of course) a perk at any workplace, but lacking that special someone — or even working on a full team of people you don’t even like — is no reason to hand in your notice. Instead, address the individual colleagues that are actually causing a problem so that you can move forward.

Your hours are too long: Time management — not overwork — may be the real issue at hand.  Before you leave because of this, take stock of how you use your time, both on and off the job, and see if you can guarantee that you can cut out waste in both areas.

You don’t love all of your work: You’re not going to love 100 percent of your job 100 percent of the time. Take a closer inventory of how much time you spend on the things you don’t enjoy and try to reduce it. Talk to your boss about focusing more on the things you love. There has to be something in your job description that excites you — and if there’s not, then you really might have a problem and grounds for leaving.

You didn’t get the promotion: You have to stay level-headed about how quickly career advancement happens for lady bosses everywhere. According to the employee engagement survey, more than half of employees believe they don’t have the advancement opportunities they’re looking for right now. Instead of quitting, make sure your boss is aware of your career goals and set up a plan to reach the next rung. If after you and your boss have communicated about your ambitions they still don’t walk their talk on helping you grow your responsibilities, you may then decide to set your sights elsewhere.

You’re not getting enough credit:  If you feel like you’re not sufficiently acknowledged for the good work you’re doing, you’re not alone. According to a global survey on the state of employee engagement, close to two-thirds of employees agree that their work isn’t being adequately recognized either. If you’re craving more feedback from your boss, request face time with them on a monthly or quarterly basis. But be careful, because your mistakes will come up too.  Many bosses will be too busy to give you the credit you so sorely crave, so don’t make any major decisions about your current place of work thinking that a new employer will solve the problem. Odds are it won’t.

 

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