“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius
It can be said that employees who find happiness in their careers are fortunate. And why not? Since employment occupies anywhere from 8 to 16 hours of your life, it is important that you remain enthusiastic about your job.
Unfortunately, not all people are granted the job they have been dreaming of. What if you were one of these people, who often finds himself sad, or burnt out even? While you might have second thoughts resigning because of the tough job market out there, sometimes, enough is enough.
So if you find yourself pacing back and forth over this big career decision, then here are good and valid reasons why you, an employee, should fire your current company:
This is perhaps the primary reason why most people want to resign. Think: If somebody who does the exact same job like you earns $20 an hour, and you get $10 an hour, isn’t that unfair?
While money does not account for anything, it certainly accounts for most things. If there is a company that offers better compensation for the same amount of work – maybe lighter, if you are lucky – then why not transfer there?
Yes, it is very easy to resign citing ‘poor compensation,’ but do remember this though: before you resign, make sure you have a guaranteed place to transfer first.
Are your bosses fond of bending the rules? Are they reluctant in supporting their employees in their endeavors and other worthy pursuits? If you see your co-workers packing up, then maybe it is a sign that you should too.
A company with a poor management system is one of the biggest reasons why most workers leave their present jobs. And why not? The management, after all, is the backbone of the company. If the head honchos are ineffective in handling the company, then it would not take long before the corporation loses its ‘supporting bones’ (aka the employees.)
With this being said, it sure would be better if you get to leave before the company crumbles because of poor management.
Extended Work Hours and Lesser Time Offs
There are times when you need to work overtime in order to get some things done. But if this becomes an unhealthy habit – and you find yourself forcing your body to the limit, then it means that you might need to say goodbye to your current work.
The harsh fact is that most employees – especially the millennials – are drowning themselves in work to make a good impression. While their bosses are benefitting from this, the workers miss out a lot on life. Sister’s recital – absent. Dad’s 70th birthday – absent. Best Friend’s wedding – sends proxy bridesmaid.
Perhaps the worst thing about extended work hours and lesser time offs is that it is wreaking havoc on the body. Lack of sleep and over-fatigue from overwork are seen as the culprits behind the untimely deaths of workaholics Moritz Erhardt, an intern from the Bank of America, and Mita Diran, a copywriter for Y&R Indonesia. So before death clutches you in the face, better make an escape!
Bad Working Environment
A smelly office, a humid sweatshop or a store in a high crime rate area – these are just some of the many examples of a bad working environment.
As it has been said, you spend most of your time in your workplace. If you are not comfortable or at ease at your workplace, then it is time to make the move.
While a bad working environment can force you to get up and leave, there are a few things to consider. Are there ways that can make the workplace better? Is the management amenable to such modifications? If they are open to such suggestions then maybe you could stick around for the changes – to see if they can change your mind.
George Halas once said “Nothing is work unless you’d rather be doing something else.”
Do you often find yourself bored, even with the mountains of documents you need to accomplish? Do you always find yourself drifting, wishing you were in some place or doing something else? If your answer is yes to both questions, then it means two things: you are bored with work and you need to do something with it.
Boredom at work is uncommon in happy employees, as they always find joy and inspiration in their place of employment. But if you cannot get satisfaction with your work – or if you are just too bored to see if such satisfaction is available – then it means that you need to find a new work, a career that will motivate you and challenge you once again.
Lack of Opportunities for Promotion and Career Growth
Of course, all employees are striving for promotions and better positions in the company they have been working for. Apart from an increase in compensation, promotion gives the worker confidence and affirmation – that he is good at what he does and the company recognizes it.
If you know in your heart that you have worked hard – and you have given your all several years in the company – yet still, the undeserving hotshot gets the promotion for the nth time, then maybe it is time for you to head out the door.
A Better Career Opportunity
According to P.T. Barnum, “Without promotion, something terrible happens…Nothing!”
Imagine being stuck at your same, old workaday job for 10 years straight. You are bored and feel like there is nothing left for you to do. True enough, the lack of promotion and stagnation at work hinders your growth, because you will not be able to optimize your full potentials.
So if you find a better opportunity in the horizon, don’t be afraid to take the plunge. While a new environment, new colleagues and a new job might be intimidating, remember that change is good!
Your work is your bread and butter. It is the source of your income, the money that keeps you fed, clothed and sheltered. Although it might be difficult for you to part ways with your job because of the current market, the aforementioned reasons should help you decide the best path for your career health.
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