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Should I Quit my Job or Not?

Updated on March 9, 2015

To Quit or Not to Quit?

Short answer: Quit.

Long answer: Quit eventually, but make preparations.

Why Should I Quit?

The number one reason people want to quit their job is because they hate it. This is especially true when you're at a crappy, low-paying job. If your job is minimum wage, it's pretty easy to quit and to find something else pretty quickly.

You may want to quit your crappy job because: the pay is low, your co-workers are jerks, the customers are jerks, it's too hard/uncomfortable, it's boring, it's too far away, etc.

The story is completely different, however, when your job is a well-paying job with future career possibilities. For example, I currently work at one of Canada's largest banks and although I am a teller, earning the lowest wage in the organization, there is a definite path to career advancement. Do I want to take that path? Well, let me tell you a story from someone who was a former employee.

I met "Jerome" one day at the branch that I work at and we got chatting, which is when I found out that he was a branch manager in the past. Now, however, he was running his own home-renovation company. He told me that he went from teller to branch manager in the space of five years - amazing! That's very quick and impressive, I thought. Our conversation went something like this:

Me: Wow, that's amazing. So, how come you quit?

Jerome: I just didn't want to work at the bank.

Me: But, you were already branch manager! The pay is great!

Jerome: Yeah, but at the end of the day, you're still working at the bank.

The moral of the story is this: If thoughts of quitting have crossed your mind, it's probably want you want and is the best choice for you.

Strong Reasons to Quit

There are many reasons to want to quit your job, but read along to find out some of the better reasons.

1. You're only there for the money.

If you're only there for the money, it's going to suck. If you're only there for the money, it means you dislike all other aspects and that's not a good thing. All jobs pay money, so you have to realize that this is not a legitimate reason to stay at a job that you hate.

2. Management/co-workers are jerks.

If everyone you work with is a jerk... it's not good for your health to spend most of your waking hours in such an environment. Even if the money is half decent and you enjoy the job itself, who you work with is a really big part of your job.

3. It's stressful.

A job could be so stressful that it actually causes you to get sick. Maybe the job is really physically demanding, maybe you often get injured on the job. Or maybe the customers you deal with just cause a lot of grief, or there is so much to do that you're always running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Is the stress worth the pay? If not, quit!

4. The job is dead-end.

Even if the pay is OK, the people you work with are great... it might be a dead-end job. Perhaps you've been there a while and know your job inside-out. You could do it with your eyes closed and there is no room for advancement. It's time to leave and go somewhere you could actually spread your wings.

5. It's too far away from home.

Even if you have the perfect job, but your daily commute is too far, well, it's not the perfect job anymore. Unless you are willing to move house for your job, it might be time to quit. For example, a job that is an hour's drive away from home is worth 20% less than a job that is a 20-minute drive away from home (think about the gas and time costs).

How to Quit Your Job

There are many ways to quit your job. I'll list them out, from fastest to slowest.

Just walk out mid-shift or never return for your next shift.

This method may not be recommended by most people you meet, but hey, I recommend it! If you are sick and tired of your work and one day decide you can't take it anymore, do it. Just walk outta there or don't ever go back. You'll feel as if a weight has been lifted off your shoulders.

Only do this if you never want to work there ever again, and if the relationships with your supervisors and managers does not matter. You may or may not have to fight (e.g. contacting the government labour department) for your rightful pay if you do this, depending on the size of company you walked out of.

Just make sure you are OK financially for a few months! It could take a while to find a new job or source of income.

Give two weeks' notice.

This is normally what people do. They write a letter and hand it to their manager, notifying them two weeks in advance when their last day will be. It's not mandatory to give two weeks notice, but it's customary and it's polite. This will allow you to leave on good terms with both the company and the people who are in management.

Discuss things over with your supervisor/manager and agree on a day that will be your last.

This is the most agreeable way for an employee to leave, from a management perspective. It gives management enough time to prepare for your exit - like, do they need to find someone to replace you, or can they deal with it OK and thus let you go right away? Management may also try to convince you to stay, or offer you better employment terms (higher pay, better hours, better position, etc.) or they may be able to move you to another work department/branch, etc.

Just Do It!

Most people you talk to will try to convince you that quitting is not a good idea... but, I say, just do it! Don't waste any more time at a place you don't want to be. Look forward to your life and leave the rotten things in the past.

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