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Should I, or Should I Not Quit My Job?

Updated on November 15, 2012
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Quitting your job may often sound risky but that does not necessarily mean that it is always wrong.

For most people, quitting their job is often a risky thing to do. In fact, this might be the reason why most people tend to stay with their present employer instead of resigning even though by heart, they know that they aren’t actually pleased with their job. Well, on one end, they might as well be doing the right thing. Why? Because by sticking to their present job, they are able to pay their bills at the end of the month. Nevertheless, on the other end, they are just leaving themselves open to even more pressure by sticking to their present job.

Therefore, if this happens to you as well, it is important to think of reasons why you should stay with the company you are currently working for or why you should leave and move on instead. That said, these several reasons might give you an idea just in case you aren’t quite sure just yet.

Professional Relationship

One of the worst things that might happen in your work life is a bad relationship, be it among you and your co-workers or you and your boss. A friend of mine happened to experience this. Honestly, this friend of mine is sort of a naive person. When he says something, he never seems to think about the possible outcomes in advance. So, when he started working in this company, say X, he happened to say something that made his female co-worker feel offended. If he were talking to me instead of his female co-worker, I wouldn’t have felt offended at all as that wasn’t what he was really trying to say. It was only that he wasn’t smart enough in choosing the right words to say. I can say this for I have been his friend for a long time. Well, with this kind of person might sometime sound arrogant but the reality isn’t really like that. You need to get to know him better first so that you’ll understand that he’s actually a good guy.

Well, that’s a real life example of bad professional relationship with a co-worker. Now, I’ll try to give you another real life example of a poor relationship with the boss. This also happened, again, to the friend I mentioned earlier and, within the very same company, X. Whew, what an unfortunate man he was, believe it or not. So, when he started working at X, he was very excited. However, as days and weeks went by, he found out that his boss was difficult to communicate with. Every single time he, his co-workers, and other employees tried to communicate with his boss, his boss always wouldn’t get what others were trying to say. What would happen all the time was that his boss gave a reply that was completely off-topic, imagine that!

To make things worse, both the aforementioned female co-worker and the boss were stubborn and afraid of changes. Speaking of stubborn co-workers, there’re some tips you might want to try.

Untrustworthy Employers

This is the next reason that should make you think if you really should resign from your present job. What I mean here by untrustworthy employers are those who can’t even remember their own statements, even crucial ones. For example, let’s flash back to when you were first invited to join your present employer. Before you actually began to work where you work now, you had most likely been interviewed and questioned regarding the salary you expected. Well, this is what might happen. Your employer promised to give you $250 (we’ll be using illustrational figures only) per month even though you only asked for $200 per month. So, your employer might tell you that for your probation period (the first three months, for example), you would get $220 per month. Afterwards, you would get $250 per month, stated by your employer.

Unfortunately, the fact you were experiencing turned out to be different from your employer’s statement. Even worse, when you tried to see your employer to discuss about it, he changed his original statement back then when he first encouraged you to work for him. Instead of giving you what happened to be your right, he changed his statement to something like, “What I meant was that you would get $250 per month if I think that you deserve it.” Heck, it seems now that he didn’t actually intend to give you $250 per month, yet why shouldn’t he just say so in the first place when all you asked for was simply $200 per month? Why should he promise you even more? This is a problem for sure, if you get what I mean.

The effects of working for an untrustworthy employer can vary widely. Here’s another example. In my country, Indonesia, most companies declare that they will have to evaluate new employees for three months (this is known as the probation period). Unfortunately, some companies seem to have somehow poor calculations.

There’s a programmer I know working in an IT department of an electrical company. The company gave him a probation period of three months, as it would other employees. This programmer was asked to develop a warehouse/inventory system combined with product generation system. After three months (which means that the probation period has passed), he managed to finish the product generation system while the other system was well underway. In the meantime, the product department staffs had been using the product generation system for a while.

Seeing that his probation period has passed, he asked the IT boss about his employment status. Instead of admitting that this particular programmer has indeed passed the probation period, his boss gave him a surprising answer. He told him that his system was only halfway done and that the result wasn’t visible yet. Having said that, the boss delayed him another month just in order to clarify whether this programmer had been accepted as a permanent staff in the company or not. The boss also asked him to finish the rest of the system within that another month so that the boss can discuss about this programmer’s status with the big bosses. So, having been thinking positively on the boss’ answer, this programmer decided to finish the system within the given time frame.

What happened next was that the programmer actually managed to finish the rest of the system, even before one month. He also managed to initiate test run for the users. Five months have gone after that and yet his IT boss still hadn’t given him the answer he expected, about his employment status. So he waited and waited again. When payday came, the programmer had been working in the company for five and a half months and yet, when he tried to confirm his status, he still didn’t get a clear answer.

Under such a circumstance, it seems that the programmer’s only real option is to leave that particular company behind and move on.

Degraded Excitement and/or Focus

Because of various reasons, such as those mentioned above, you may find that your excitement of working in a company has degraded. Every day you go to work, you may only feel upset but forced to go. Due to this degradation, you may no longer focus on your work. As a result, the company’s operational activities may be interrupted. In this case, resigning seems to be a rational action to take.

Company Direction

The next reason that may play a role in your decision to resign is the direction the company is heading towards. When a company is rumored to be facing negative progress such as losing customers, possible bankruptcy, and so forth, I think it’s time to consider resigning.

What About Not Quitting Your Job?

Well, of course, as there are reasons why you should consider quitting your job, there are also reasons why sticking to your present job is a better option. For example, if you are a married man, you will have to think about your household allowances in advance, prior to deciding that you will quit your present job. Of course, it’s a whole different story if you’re single.

The next possible reason you may want to stay with your present employer is that you have bills to pay at the end of every month. With the salary you gain from your present job, you know that you can make ends meet. However, also keep in mind that working is not all about salary. You should think about your spiritual self as well.

Another thing that may make you stay with your present employer is that if your employer provides you with clear career progress. Unfortunately, this is not likely to happen if your employers are untrustworthy. Therefore, you might want to review some of the points mentioned above.

So, what about you?

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It’s Your Call

So, after having considered all the varying reasons, it’s ultimately your decision whether you want to stay or resign from your present job. If you decide to resign, it’s time to wake up and start processing your resignation. However, if you decide to stay with your present employer, you will have to gather your excitement and/or focus back, if you’ve happened to lose them. Concentrate and grow big with your present employer.


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    • davidlivermore profile image

      David Livermore 

      6 years ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      I have thought about quitting my job and trying something new... but with how this economy is, that could be a stupid decision. I'm still on the fence. Nice hub, voted up.


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