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The Top 8 Reasons To Quit A Job

Updated on October 27, 2016

Working for somebody else can have its positives and negatives. But when the negatives far outweigh the positives, sometimes its time to take back control and do what is best for you, which many times is to leave. Whether you leave for a better opportunity working for someone else, or leave to work for yourself, it’s best to make the change if you’re not happy. Not only is life too short to stay in a bad situation that makes you unhappy yourself, but it also makes your friends and family unhappy too having to hear on a day-to-day basis the bad situation that you’re going through. If you’re in a bad situation and it can be changed, I’m all about changing it. When I say quit a job, I don’t mean quit and not have a backup plan, or quit in a furious rage. I mean make sure you have another job or source of income, and make sure you have all of your ducks in a row and are prepared. Even give two weeks notice if necessary. Just make sure you’re not keeping yourself in a situation where you know you deserve and can do better. So here are my top 8 reasons when someone should consider quitting a job and looking elsewhere (“They” not only refers to an employer but can also refer to either your boss, owners, hire-ups, or anyone that supervises you):

1. They Do Not Treat You With Respect.

Respect is the least an employer can give to you, when you give them your valuable time and energy. Employees make the employer 10x and beyond the amount of that the employer gives the employee. And while I’m not here to get into politics, the least the employer can do is give their employee respect. A lack of respect can be seen when the employee needs a day off or a vacation, and the employer knows that it can be done but chooses to refuse instead (just in case). Respect an employee’s life and work balance. A lack of respect can be seen when an employee has an idea of how to fix a certain problem in the workplace, and an employer doesn’t acknowledge the employee or scoffs it off like the employee doesn’t know what he or she is talking about. Respect an employee’s ideas and intelligence. Anybody that make you feel like you or your life doesn’t matter shows a lack of respect, and nobody should live their life feeling that way.

2. They Will Not Promote You Or Move You Up The Ladder.

Employees rarely want to stay at the bottom level where they first start. This could be in terms of income, the hours they work or get, the position in the job, or the area they work. Employees want to feel like can grow in their job or career. Whether they’re looking for more income or just more pride and prestige, they want to feel like the time they are putting into your company is going to have future rewards. When an employer refuses to promote or move up an employee when the opportunity presents itself (and they are next in line with no good reason not to) it lets the employee know that either there is favoritism in the works, or that they are not valued. And even though the employer doesn’t need to guarantee any promotions, the employee needs to decide whether they are willing to stay at the bottom or grow somewhere else.

3. They Do Not Take Your Opinions Into Account.

This goes along with reason #1 and shows a lack of respect. No matter what your position is in your current job, having your voice heard is something everyone wants. Your idea may not go through, but to know that is was important enough to consider is enough to make an employee feel pride in the place they work for. I believe this is a large reason why many union based jobs have long-term employees. They know that if they have an opinion, complaint, or issue their voice will be heard and taken seriously. I think it all comes down to respect and importance. Nobody wants to feel like they don’t matter. When an employer directly or indirectly makes an employee feel like they don’t matter, most of the time that employee will find a place where they do.

4. They Treat You Like (Or Even Tell You That) You Can Easily Be Replaced.

Even if an employer feels this way about their employees, they should never let on that they do. Yes, they can get new employees, but a good employee is hard to find. And just as an employer can find a new employee, an employee can find a new job. I know people feel like jobs are scarce these days, but that is mostly untrue. It depends on what area you live, what industry you wish to get into, your skills and experience, and your determination. If an employer tries to overwork you unreasonably with the threat that your job is on the line, or makes you feel like they don’t care if you’re working for them or not, it might be time to look elsewhere. If your employer treats you like a slave and that you don’t have a choice, remember that your choices are endless. You only have one life to live, don’t live it like a prisoner. Remember you don’t have to do anything. You are there by choice.

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5. They Talk About You Behind Your Back To Other Employees.

Workplace gossip among employees is going to happen, and it’s hard to avoid. But an employer, manager, supervisor, etcetera should never be a part of that. Down talking an employee to other employees (or to anyone) is very unprofessional, and makes the business look bad. Any issues that an employer has with an employee should be discussed with that employee directly. A lot of times it’s never obvious (like “he/she is so annoying”, or “he/she isn’t getting a promotion on my watch”). A lot of times it’s the little things (“I never understand what he/she is saying”, or “he/she is a little weird”). If you have caught your employer talking negatively about you, or telling personal things about you to others, just know that if it happened once it will happen again. And knowing that your employer doesn’t respect, or even like you is enough to get out of that situation as quickly as you can. Not only are they damaging your image, you’re also not likely to get promotions or benefits any time soon.

6. They Call You Out And Embarrass You In Front Of Others.

Constructive criticism is definitely a necessary in the work place and in life. People should learn how to accept and embrace criticism, and people should also know how to give it. Criticism should be done privately, in a professional matter, without accusations or putting someone down. If you work for a place where you, or your fellow co-workers are publicly criticized in harsh ways and demeaned in front of others, you might want to reconsider working there. If it were done to you, you obviously wouldn’t want to put up with that because it’s not right and breaks trust between the employer and employee. But even it’s done to another, just be aware that it can happen to you in the future. Everyone deserves dignity and respect. If a company is willing to disgrace you, it’s a clear sign that they don’t see their employees as people.

7. They Only Know How To Criticize and Not Praise.

Even if the employer is respectful enough to keep criticism constructive and private, and good company also knows how to praise their employees for what they do right. People thrive off of praise. It makes them want to work harder, and fulfill that good image that the employer expects of them. If someone works for a place where their employer only sees their faults, it’s not good for ones self-esteem and pride to be constantly in that situation. Life’s too short to feel unappreciated and like you’re a problem and not a solution.

8. They Play Favoritism And You Always Get The Short End Of The Stick.

Favoritism is a big problem in most jobs. It is illegal in most companies but sometimes hard to detect. Most companies don’t even allow supervisors to date or befriend the supervised. But most times you can’t control who gets along with whom, or who just likes whom. While friendships and bonds between employers and employees happen, it should never affect who rises to the top or who gets paid more. If those factors are not based on how long someone has been with the company, then it should at the very least be based on performance. If an employee has been with a company longer than the employees they choose to promote, then that employee should be notified as to why they are not getting promoted. If you’re left in the dark as to why you are not getting promoted, better hours, better pay, or similar, and the employer doesn’t have a good reason for it that you can accept, then the company might be playing favorites or have a dislike for you. As hard as that is to accept, it might be time to move on.

I’m sure there are plenty more reasons to leave a job. Add your own below. There are also many smaller reasons to quit a job that have nothing to do with the actual employer. Some examples of those can include that the job doesn’t pay well and raises are few and far between, you have been at the same job for years and you’re bored and want a change, or you’re moving and the job will be too far away. Whatever the reason, if you’re unhappy with any situation in your life just remember that you have the power to change it in most cases. Change can be a little scary at first, especially if you don’t know if the change will end up being a better one. But if you have the courage to take that chance and a calculated risk, life will reward you with happiness. And people underestimate how important happiness is in one’s life.

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