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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!