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5 Things To Consider Before You Quit Your Job

5 Things To Consider Before You Quit Your Job

 

There’s nothing more satisfying than to quit your job for something better. Maybe you’ve been offered a better position, you’re ready to launch your own business or you’re ready for something new. Whatever the reason, I want to say “Congratulations!” as you take the next step in advancing your career and pursing your dreams.

 

There’s no surprise that more than half the population is unhappy at work according to this recent study.

 

From being overworked to horrible bosses, there’s lots to be unhappy about. However,  I must beg the question: does your current job have the potential for higher job satisfaction or is it time to throw in the towel?

So before you put in those two weeks, here are five things to consider before you quit your job.

 

1. Can things improve?

I know what you’re thinking; “I already made the decision to quit my job so why would I think things could improve?”

As someone who wanted to quit my first full-time job three months in, I had to remember that every job has its ups and downs. However, knowing what you can or can’t put up provides you an opportunity to have an honest talk with your manager on how to make your work life more bearable.

Consider this:

Is your daily commuting sucking the life out of you? Ask about the possibility of telecommuting one or more days a week.  If you face issues working with a specific supervisor or colleague, ask about possibility of being transferred to another unit or minimizing contact with that specific person.

Bottom line:

If your manager is inflexible with some of your most important needs, take that as a sign to look elsewhere for the chance to have your needs met.

 

2. What’s causing your stress?

If you are feeling stressed out to the point where work has become unbearable, before you decide to quit your job, it’s important to understan where the stress is coming from. Are feeling stressed out because of external factors, such as family obligations or simply being overworked? Or are you actually working in a toxic environment?

Consider this:

If it’s the former, ask your supervisor to reduce your responsibilities, workload or hours to give you a chance to regain your bearings. You can always ask to take a leave of abscence or even better – a vacation!

If it’s the latter, consider speaking with a trusted supervisor about your issues and concerns or even suggesting opportunities for improvement such accountability checks with regular anonymous feedback.

Bottom line:

And if all else fails, sometimes it’s best to quit your job to find another that fuels you mentally and emotionally.

 

3. Is there room for growth?

According to a recent LinkedIn survey, 45% of people quit their jobs because they feel they don’t have the opportunity to grow.

Consider this:

Opportunities are not given, they’re made! Before you call it quits, ask your supervisor for new job responsibilities, a possibility to fill a new role or a chance to initiate a new work idea. You never know what doors might open.

Bottom line:

You can’t expcet to grow if you are doing the same things over and over again. If your manager is resistant to giving you the opportunity to bloom, there are plenty of other companies that will.

 

4. Is that other job offer really better?

According to a recent Refinery29 article, one of the biggest job offer mistakes people make is not understanding how much more they’ll be making at their new gig and how the non-compensation benefits compare.

Consider this:

Do your homework and compare the pros and cons of the compensation and benefits between both jobs to know what appeals to you more. Even if you have your mind set on the new offer, before you say “yes,”  now would be the perfect time to negotiate with your current job to see if they can match what the new one is offering just in case you actually wanted to stick around.

Bottom line:

Generally employeers are willing to negogiate to keep their best employees (you, duh) and keep their employees happy. If you don’t ask, the answer will always be no.

 

5. Will you be (A LOT) happier if you quit?

At the end of the day, life is too short to live unhappy! As I mentioned earlier all jobs have their ups and downs. However, if you current job is having more downs than ups, why not find your happiness elsewhere?

 

Have you recently quit your job for something better? What was the deciding factor? Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

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23 Comment

  1. Reply
    Michelle
    September 9, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Great post and so on point for me right now! Looks like I may have a few things to consider.

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      Katrina H.
      September 9, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks for reading Michelle! Yes I usually have to ask myself these questions when I’m facing a hard time at work to ensure I know where I am and where I want to be

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    Kyla
    September 9, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Great things to consider! I think about quitting my job once in a while and then I remember all the pros and how they outweigh the cons! Help to write them down too!
    Kyla
    Wanderlustkyla.com

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 9, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      Thanks is much for reading Kyla! It’s always good to re-evaluate from time to time to know if it’s worth staying or leaving.

  3. Reply
    Amanda Rinehart
    September 9, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    I was drawn to this post as I am dying to quit the job I’ve had for almost 9 years now! I finally graduated and want to work in a new field, and suddenly the job Ive been fine with since I was 17 is driving me BONKERS! I have considered these things, but I do think I have good reason to finally look elsewhere. 🙂

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      Katrina H.
      September 9, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      Thanks for reading Amanda! I’m so glad you’re ready to leave for something else 🙂

      I know I’ve stayed at places before Bc I was to afraid to quit and where I quit too easily. Good luck on your new endeavors! 🙂

  4. Reply
    Alex
    September 9, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    I’m the kind of person that quits his job the second something happens. But this is actually something I need to consider!

    X, alex
    http://Www.lexpander.com

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 9, 2016 at 11:22 pm

      Hi Alex!
      I had a tendency to do that as well! It took a lot for me to really think about why I Was leaving (and even more for why I was staying). Thanks so much for reading 🙂

  5. Reply
    Karoliina Kazi
    September 10, 2016 at 12:34 am

    Every now and again I have considered leaving my current position, but thinking about all the pro’s and cons have always kept me going . This week I finally asked for reduced work hours and I got so much support for it from work – made me very happy 🙂 That will surely reduce my stress levels and I have more time to consentrate on other aspects of my life. Great post!

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      Katrina H.
      September 10, 2016 at 8:23 am

      I’m so happy that you were able to reduce your hours! It’s always good to put yourself first and know what you can handle. No one should feel stressed out. Thanks so much for reading Karoliina!

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    ELLIOT HAMMOND
    September 10, 2016 at 1:37 am

    This is very informative.Thanks for sharing.

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 10, 2016 at 8:24 am

      Thanks for reading Elliot!

  7. Reply
    Laveena Sengar
    September 10, 2016 at 4:46 am

    This is so true. There is so much to consider before actually quitting a job. Managing stress is something that I really have to work on.

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 10, 2016 at 8:25 am

      Hi Laveena! I know a lot about being stressed! Lol. Sometimes you just gotta step away and relax 🙂

  8. Reply
    Stevie Jewel
    September 10, 2016 at 7:05 am

    This is so thoughtful, and it’s great that you present the points to consider and the bottom line. All in all; great advice!

    1. Reply
      Katrina H.
      September 10, 2016 at 8:25 am

      Thanks so much for your kind words Stevie!

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    Jasmin N
    September 10, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Wonderful post and so accurate for me! I’ve been struggling how I feel about my job at the moment 😀

    ~ Jasmin N
    Little Things With Jassy
    Bloglovin’

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    Saranda
    September 11, 2016 at 12:46 am

    I recently started thinking about looking for the next step, unfortunately my current employer beat me to it and told me to start looking as they are letting me go soon. I think you should always follow your gut when it comes to not feeling happy at work… 🙂

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      Katrina H.
      September 11, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      I’m sorry to hear that they let you go! Most definitely you should always follow your gut. I think it’s easy to sometime jump the gun when things don’t go your way by when you know for sure something isn’t right it’s always best to up and leave. Good luck on your new venture!

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    Kerry
    September 11, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Great point and I agree with everything. They say every successful person ‘jumped’ so I do believe in taking chances and jumping!

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      Katrina H.
      September 11, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      Thanks so much for reading Kerry! Exactly; there’s nothing wrong with taking a chance on faith and jumping at the next opportunity 🙂

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    Christine Maguire
    September 11, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Great post Katarina, this would really come in handy for anyone thinking of quitting. A lot of the time, the stress of being unhappy at work can make someone so miserable they may not think about how changing one aspect could change everything!

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      Katrina H.
      September 11, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      Thanks for reading Christine! If a job is way too stressful I would just quit off the bat – as long as you follow you gut and know when it’s time to leave or maybe step back and think about it some more, you’ll be just fine 🙂

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