Today I quit my job. I can hear readers asking what prompted me to make such a radical decision. After all, we are still struggling our way out of economic hard times, and jobs aren’t plentiful. The decision process has been well thought out, and wasn’t a momentary lapse in judgment or a whimsical decision. I actually made a list of ten things that were a clue or more like a beaming ray of light, letting me know it was time to move on.
1) When you dread going into work every Monday or at the beginning of every work week, this might be a hint. While this is probably normal for all working people at one time or another, if you always have this dread, it may be a sign. If the dread is excessive and still there when you walk in the door, this is a major clue.
2) You might find yourself becoming sick due to the excess stress that the workplace is placing on you. In my case, I have made several trips to the emergency room for heart problems, all brought on by stress. After all, health is more important than money. Often a physician can verify that work is the issue, especially if they have seen you on a long term basis and note a sudden change in your health.
3) If your find yourself being written up numerous times, it may be a clue to leave. Of course some people are poor employees ( Sorry if your one), then others just seem to have office issues. In my case, my previous boss accused me of things I didn’t do because of office gossip. Sometimes, it is difficult to dig yourself out of a hole when your reputation is on the line. The bottom line is, I had a collection of miscellaneous issues in my employee file. If this happens to you, it might be time to leave.
4) If you can’t find one agreeable person in your workplace, it might be time to find a new job. While we are at work to work, we spend a large portion of our life at work, and it should at least be pleasant. This was a large factor in my deciding to leave. I don’t have one work friend or work buddy. Then again, you may be the type of worker who doesn’t care about the ambiance. To me, environment is important. I could no longer work in an unfriendly office.
5) If you find yourself having to go on medication for anxiety, stress or depression, this may be one of those beaming light moments rather than a clue. If your entire life is topsy turvy, it may not be fair to blame your workplace, However, if you think the issues may be your workplace, something has to change. Anxiety and stress lead to other more serious health issues if not handled correctly.
6) When an employee is placed on an improvement plan, chances are you are on the way out the door. Whether or not it is your fault, a workplace often uses this as a means to cover themselves when it comes time for you to file for unemployment, if you should be terminated. When an employer tells you the improvement plan runs out in a certain number of days and you won’t be given an extension, this is also a beaming ray of light.
7) If you have real emergencies and your work tells you to handle them on your own time, this might be an indication you need to exit the door. While every workplace has policies concerning leaving early or taking time off, a strict employer who doesn’t understand that crisis do arise, is unlikely to every change their attitude. Unless you can turn your life off at the door, this may not be the type of workplace for you.
8) If you have serious medical issues, and your workplace will not allow you to see a doctor, even with advance notice, you need to either be perfectly healthy or find a new job. Again workplaces have policies concerning taking time off as they have to be manned, but a no time off at all policy is not feasible.
9) If you find that you are being reprimanded for the same things your fellow employees do, it is probably time to leave. They may even be more at error than you but for whatever reason, aren’t being monitored. Again, your employer is trying to document so they can get rid of you with no expense on their end. This is a time to either go higher up in management to talk to someone or to leave.
10) Perhaps you walk into the office, and hear your co workers gossiping about something minor you did. Later you hear from your boss that someone accused you of the minor offense. Seems this is a gossipy workplace, where anything you say or do will be used against you. You can either become a hermit, talk to your boss, or quit. If you talk to your boss, remember they may see you as the gossip, not your fellow workmates. They may also accuse you of not getting along with people.
There are directions you can take before leaving. You can talk to your manager and co workers to try and smooth out any difficulties. You can document occurrences to protect yourself if you do decide to keep your job. Above all else, make sure you have arrangements in place for finances before quitting. Also, remember that when you quit a job, you generally do not qualify for unemployment.
In the long run, this might prove to be the best decision I have ever made. I have wanted to pursue my writing more vigorously and now the chance has arrived. While this may be the best decision for me, my advise for others it to take it slow before acting rashly. Sometimes a weekend away from the workplace will give you a fresh perspectives. Then again, all the weekends in the world haven’t and won’t work for me!