Thinking About Quitting Your Job?
Your boss just called you out in front of all your fellow co workers- when you legitimately know you did exactly what he told you to do. Everyone at your place of employment has a negative attitude- partly because upper management doesn't care about their opinions. You've worked at the same job for ten years and seniority means nothing, you're still treated like a "newbie" and probably getting paid less. You bring unnecessary stress home-- it causes your personal life to go down hill because everyone gets sick of hearing you complain about your job, but you have no other way to deal with it. If any of these scenarios sounds like you-- you're probably trying your best to find another job. With the economy being the way it is, jobs are hard to come by, and you feel trapped. So what do you do? You can suck it up and try to make things work, you can try to fix the situation by speaking with your boss or management, or you can quit. For most, quitting a job isn't an option.
Document! Document! Document!
As far as options, the best thing that you can do is document everything that occurs at your place of employment. Here are a few examples:
- If your situation at work is something that can be resolved, address the issue in a positive way. You could word it in a way such as "It would benefit the company if..." or leave an anonymous note on someones desk that could resolve the issue. I know it sounds silly, but I've had this work.
- Having issues with co-workers? Directly address the issue with someone in management. I would advise to try not to discuss the issue with other employees. That can definitely make the situation worse.
- Not receiving the proper training needed to properly perform your job can be very frustrating. Write down every type of developmental training you receive, or notate new policies you are being required to implement without the proper training.
- Do you feel like you're being degraded by your boss or co-workers? Write down each and every instance where you feel you were called an unfair name, singled out, or presented in a negative way.
You get the idea. If you have a great memory, take some time (especially when you're frustrated) and write down everything you can remember. If you have any memos, e-mails or online correspondence that has caused you any type of mental anguish, stress or made you uncomfortable print it (with the date on the bottom), save it on a flash drive, and again document it in your list of issues that you've experienced.
Change positions or schedules
Do you work in an environment where you have the option to change your position? If so, maybe a different department will solve the issues that you're having. The pay could be a little less- but it could be worth your sanity (until you find another job). Can you afford to work part-time? Or could you work a different schedule until something else comes around? It's hard to work a full-time job and actively seek another position.
I know these options may not be suitable for a 9-5 job. For those that do not have the option to change schedules or positions, rationally decide how expendable you think you are. You may hold a position that would not be as easy to replace. If that's the case and you're at the point of walking out at the drop of a hat then maybe you need to test your place of employer. If you've documented everything that you can-- go to work with the mind frame that you're resigning, putting in your notice, or quitting. Walk into your HR office (skip management) and say something about your situation. Pull out your list of issues, and state that the work environment is not something you can tolerate. Chances are your HR department will need to investigate any claims you make and more often than not it will be noticed. Hopefully, the issue will be resolved and you can continue working. Of course, things don't always work out that way, but if you've done everything in your power to rectify the issues that you have, I don't see how you couldn't get unemployment (but that's not an issue I know much about- yet.)
Are you seriously contemplating quitting your job?
One last thing
Do a budget. What do you have in savings? Can your spouse support the family for a couple months? Are income taxes coming in soon? There are options. The hardest thing to do when you're completely stressed is contemplate and make rational decisions. So try to take a step back, breathe and weigh all your options.