American workers are unhappy at work in large numbers — perhaps a majority of them are not satisfied. The average job hunt lasts five months despite record-low unemployment a new study says this is the longest it has ever been. The decision to quit is a big one – and not an easy one to make. One summer, I wrote about how I quit my first day at a brand new job earning over $100k. There was a bit of a viral phenomenon. The Sunday Morning show on CBS picked it up. I now hear from almost everyone who wants to quit almost every day. I do not think that just because I have done it once, everyone else should do the same. Whenever you find yourself in that position, there are at least five crucial questions to ask yourself first. If you answer yes to the majority of those questions, you will be confident in your decision to quit your job.
1. Is the feeling familiar?
Would you mind telling me if you are suffering from a Does this mark the tenth Monday in a row that you awoke at home and dreaded going into Let me ask you, if I had to put a percentage on it, how often do you wish that you didn’t have to Every now and then, we all have a bad day. When you are 40 years old, you get between 8,800 and 9,300 In no time at all — a few months or maybe a couple of years — the constant negative feeling you have about your job will start to color your entire future. The first sign that bad days have become the norm is when it’s time to move
2. Would you hate your boss’s job even more?
During a one-on-one conversation with my former boss, I told him that I would never want to work for him. Although it ended up being an expensive mistake, it also led to a valuable Take a moment to ask yourself this question (Here’s that story.) You could have the job of your boss tomorrow if you wanted it. Would you take Do you want your salary to be bumped up at all? If you do, what is your motivation other than your salary increase? Daniel Gulati asserts that if you do not see your boss’s job as one worth aspiring to, you are probably already on the road to failure in your present position. Because your peers – the ones who like what they do and who, in fact, hope for promotions – will have a greater level of motivation than you do. In the long run, you will wind up feeling even less satisfied with your current job when they move past you.
3. Does your job negatively affect your life?
You should always remind yourself that work is not everything. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself. There may be solutions short of quitting that will address some of these issues, but if you say yes to all of them, you should probably look for something new in the future.
4. Are you stagnating?
There’s one main piece of advice I’ve read or heard from almost every successful person I’ve ever encountered Never stop learning and growing. Being that we spend most of our waking hours working, it makes sense that determining our work priorities is of utmost importance. According to a British study based on the lives of 600,000 people, “lifelong learning” was one of seven factors linked to a longer life. Think of a way to highlight where you have grown and learned at your current How hard is it to find one or two You do things all the time, right? (Flipside Do you constantly mess things up?
- Does your gut tell you it’s time to quit?
An employee’s decision to quit their job is usually a big one. It is by definition impossible for ordinary decisions to be big You may want to incorporate these tips from a Nobel Prize-winning economist into your thinking when making big decisions In his book, Daniel Kahneman (who won the Nobel prize for economics) strongly advocates what he calls the Mediating Assessments Protocol (MAP), developed by Dan Lovallo and Olivier Sibony. The goal of MAP is to address complex problems by separating them into smaller questions and to use objective data to the maximum extent It is important to remember that the answer to each individual question won’t affect your answers to other questions subconsciously. However, intuition is the last stage in their process. Our bodies do not work like The world around us is constantly absorbed by us and synthesized by Though we can interpret things incorrectly, if we are honest, our gut feelings usually contain the greatest amount of As a result, we are left with Would you be better off quitting if your gut was telling you to? I assume you’ve also thought about other questions that might arise from the above questions You know you have a different job than others — maybe you’re considering other factors as well — so you can be fairly confident that your intuition is a solid one.
Bonus: Do you have a plan?
So far, everything we have discussed is about whether to quit or not. The question is not necessarily whether or not you should quit. The experience can be disappointing, but only for a fleeting moment. Even if you don’t know what your life would be like on Tuesday if you quit on Monday, you might need the money (that happens a lot). Then again, you may be able to start freelancing tomorrow, but you do not know what you will do for health insurance or any other benefits. It’s not unlikely that you’d be worried about what your track record would look like if you didn’t stick around to meet an important I’ll take that for now. Here, you have to decide if you’re going to quit or not. There’s nothing wrong with sticking it out another three or six months — and as long as that’s what it takes to formulate a plan for you — if you’ve already decided on that. There are probably various things you need to do at this time, whether it’s getting serious about job hunting, preparing to set up a side business that could turn into something better, or finding ways to cut spending while building your savings before you move A variety of factors can be found as many scenarios as there are possible outcomes. You should still keep an eye on them, but do not get too caught up in The reason some individuals stay at jobs where they are not a good match also has a variety of causes. It is entirely possible that you have concluded that it will not As soon as you’ve made a decision — I mean, you’ve really made the decision, even if you haven’t told anyone yet — you’re suddenly in a stronger Therefore, even though there are still a few more Mondays to endure, it may be a great deal easier now.