Thinking About Quitting in 2012?

By Jesse Langley

With unemployment rates just barely below ten percent, quitting your job can seem like an impractical decision. Although the market may not be in your favor, some experts say that quitting can be a logical choice under certain circumstances. Most people can find at least a couple of things that they dislike about their jobs, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it warrants quitting. In any case, you’ll want to leave your position without burning any bridges if possible. Charles Purdy of advocates thinking your decision through before actually quitting your job. He advises, “Never quit a job in the heat of the moment.” If you haven’t thought your decision through just yet, consider the following indicators that quitting might be the best solution for you.

Your job literally makes you sick

Few people have the luxury of truly enjoying the work they do, but an exceptionally stressful job can eat away at your mental and physical health. If you go home at the end of a work day with headaches, stomachaches, or trouble sleeping, your job may have a serious long-term effect on your health—and that might not be worth enduring for job security.

You work in a poorly organized environment

If you work under a management team that never seems to know what’s going on, this can dramatically increase your stress levels at work. Not to mention, it probably doesn’t make you feel better about advancing in the company. If your boss isn’t even secure or happy in his or her position, why stick around for the same fate?

You have an alternate source of income

Ideally, having another position lined up would be an excellent reason to quit your job. If you have a side business that generates a source of consistent and reliable income and allows you to obtain adequate health care coverage, quitting your job can seem like a practical decision that would allow you to focus on better opportunities. Whether you’re pursuing your entrepreneurial goals or starting an entirely new career path, leaving your job for something better is a reasonable trade-off.

You don’t believe in the company’s values or business methods

It can be as simple as a lack of interest in the company’s product, or as serious as a fundamental disagreement with the company’s ethical conduct. You may not want to stay in a job that doesn’t line up with your values. A job shouldn’t ask you to sacrifice your beliefs, and you shouldn’t feel compelled to do so in order to stay employed. It’s up to you to leave a job when you find your company’s behavior morally objectionable.

No one should feel obligated to work at a job that is unsatisfying and detrimental to their well-being. Although quitting your job is a huge step, it can also be seen as a new opportunity to develop your professional image and improve your candidacy for a better job in the future. You can look into taking classes at a local college or manage your time more effectively by working toward earning your degree at an online college to open your mind and better yourself. No matter which path you choose, think of your decision as a new opportunity to improve your life on a professional and personal level.

Jesse Langley lives in the Midwest with his family where he loves reading, writing, and blogging.  He writes on behalf of Colorado Technical University.

Additional reading:

Sixteen Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Job (US News and World Report)


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