By Julia Richardson – Many times we want to quit but talk ourselves out of it- even when it’s a job we love. Maybe it’s a moment of exhaustion and frustration, but when cooler heads prevail, you are usually glad you didn’t act on impulse. If you think you just can’t take it anymore and want to quit, have a look at the following list of the worst reasons to quit your job, along with solutions to each problem.
1. Bad Day
The Problem: We’ve all had those days where nothing goes right. It’s hard to pinpoint what’s wrong, because everything is wrong. From start to finish it’s all been bad. As a result you hate the world and are ready to wave the white flag and surrender. You don’t just want to quit your job- you want to quit everything.
The Solution: Bad days come and go, but unless your bad days become more frequent than your good days (which could indicate another problem altogether), a bad day is no reason to quit your job. If your bad day has you ready to quit, step away. Call some friends and meet up for a drink after work. Take a walk or go shopping- the important thing is to do something you love. Tomorrow is a new day.
2. Bad Coworker
The Problem: Your coworker is too much to handle. Maybe he’s obnoxious. Maybe he’s a know-it-all or a one-upper- but you just can’t take it anymore. You’re ready to do anything and everything necessary to get away from him. You want to quit. You love your job, or at least like it, but you hate him so much you’re willing to walk away.
The Solution: You can’t control others, but you can control you. Ask to be moved to a different location within the office where you’re less likely to be bothered. If it’s certain behaviors that are the problem, talk to your coworker. Be assertive, not mean. If all else fails, practice self-calming techniques- like THESE– and channel the energy once spent obsessing over his annoying behaviors into increased productivity.
3. Bad Boss
The Problem: Your boss is horrible. He’s so horrible he makes the bosses on Horrible Bosses look like saints. You thought you could tough it out but it’s all too much. You aren’t alone. The number one reason people quit their job is due to a bad boss, so your relationship with your boss definitely matters.
The Solution: Assess the situation in order to determine what is wrong in the relationship. Is it something he’s done or doing, or is it a matter of perception? Communicate with your boss regularly in order to establish a work-related relationship with him. Again, you can only control yourself (not anyone else), so adjust your mindset and dig deep. Focus on your work. Remember that you don’t have to love your boss to love your job.
4. Bad Review
The Problem: You’ve had your yearly performance review and you didn’t do well. Whether you completely tanked or merely failed to live up to your own expectations, it doesn’t matter because you’re upset and wondering if you’re in the right field or doing the right thing. You find yourself questioning everything, and you’re thinking it’s time for a career move. You want to quit.
The Solution: Like a bad day- because, let’s face it; a bad review makes for a bad day- you need some separation. Take a little time to decompress after work and start fresh tomorrow. This isn’t the time for snap judgment. A review is meant to be constructive, use your review as a challenge to perform better. Don’t tie your potential or self-worth to a review. Instead, use it to your advantage. It’s all about attitude.
5. Bad Decision
The Problem: You made a bad decision and now things at work have gone from good to bad. The impact could be small, like increased time working on a task, or big, resulting in monetary loss. Either way, you feel horrible and maybe even a little embarrassed. You may even be scared that you’re going to get fired. You want to quit to save face and forget it ever happened.
The Solution: As painful as the consequences of a bad decision may be, it is a necessary evil that will help you grow as a person and in your profession. Be prepared to make mistakes in business and life. Don’t run away from the problem, but take an honest look at what went wrong. While you shouldn’t dwell on your mistakes, you should understand their value and learn from them. If you do, your mistakes will be an asset and not a liability.
Ultimately, a job deal breaker is only a deal breaker if you allow it to be. If you are unhappy at your job, the option to quit is always an option. However, if you find yourself having a bad day, making a bad decision, getting a bad review, or questioning your sanity due to a bad boss or coworker, don’t become discouraged. Before you quit, evaluate the situation. Sometimes it really is possible to turn lemons into lemonade. It’s simply a matter of perspective.