Welcome to your job.
Fresh off the U-boat, you’ve worked for 5 years. Life’s pretty great! You’re still employed and getting paid, you’re drinking and splurging, or saving your month’s worth of wages (of what’s left of it) and things really don’t seem bad at all.
What do you want to do?
A). The party continues!
B). Sick of it. But I need the money. (See A)
A). 10 years in, you’re under stress because you’re either so cocky that you’ve indiscriminately pissed off plenty of people or you’ve been meekly suffering in silence and now you’re dead in the water.
What do you do now?
A). Who cares? Work is life.
B). I’ll become my own boss…later….someday….i guess. (See A)
A). You’re at the 20-year mark! Older, wiser, you’re actually good at your game now. But wait a minute. Didn’t you say you wanted to start your own business 10 years ago? Ah crap. Depression sets in.
What now, boss??
A). I’d wipe my tears with money except I don’t have any.
B). How’d it all go so wrong? Tears, more tears… (See A)
A). Now you’re dead at 50. Yep. Life expectancies have shortened dramatically.
Fine, I made that up, but all I’m saying is that for most people, life is about work. Services rendered in exchange for cash money. It’s a sweet deal: you get a place to go into everyday, maybe a seat? Seriously, appreciate your seats if you’ve never worked retail.
It’s not a particularly difficult way of living, working in an office. But, if you’re really thinking of making a break for it and quitting your job, here are some legit reasons to leave your job:
Your salary is chronically late
If you’re not getting your salary on time for the 3rd time this year, you really know that things have gone south in your company. There have been many cases that I’ve heard of whereby the employees salaries have been gradually delayed, a little late at first but then it gets pushed a week, two weeks, then finally a month away. Now all they give you is an ‘I owe you’ note and the promises come pouring in; but by then, you’re basically working for free.
The easiest solution here is to just leave. Pack up, and leave. Give your 2 weeks notice (if you need to) and get out. Cutting your losses now will be hard, but you weren’t likely to get paid anyway, and if they were sincere, they’d pay you back. Even worse if the company tells you that you CAN’T leave, for whatever reason, at that point, get professional, legal help. But for the love of Zod, don’t stay with a company that doesn’t pay you your salary.
You’re the victim of dirty politics
This one’s pretty much unavoidable in most mid to large companies, because people will be people, and when egos clash, things inevitably devolve into petty politicking. If you can stomach it, then you’re pretty much golden. However, that might also mean that you’re the petty politician, but no matter. Anyone can be a victim in these circumstances, so here’s what you can do if you find yourself caught in the crosshairs and decide on a change of scenery.
Get out on good terms
Just be cordial, or be honest, but just be civil to everyone because taking the high road will set you up as the mature one in the company of complainers and con artists. When you leave, you leave with your dignity and head held high, and don’t be dragged down to their level because even if your colleagues won’t miss you, your boss surely will.
Your environment is dangerous
I’m not saying that you have to be ultra-sensitive to everything around you, but if you feel that something’s off (within the context of your work) or anyone in your workplace is acting dangerously and that is somehow tolerated, you do have the right to remove yourself from that situation.
Ask for protection.
There’s no shame in protecting yourself first and foremost, as what’s acceptable to others may not be acceptable to you. This is especially relevant if you have special needs or care requirements and the management or co-workers aren’t willing to meet them. If your company can’t or won’t make you feel safe, then find a company that can.
You have a better offer
This one’s not as simple a choice as the first two reasons I gave above; there’s no guarantee the offer WILL be better, in total. What most people are swayed by is the salary. That’s the easy part. The hard part is trying to figure out whether the NET effect on your wellbeing is worth the move.
Make a list of pros and cons.
If you divide a piece of paper in two and write all the good points on one side and the bad points on the other, it can help you figure out what’s important to you. What is the point of getting double your salary, if you’re expected to work double the hours? If the tradeoff is more money & time on the road and less quality time with your family, then it’s not a very good tradeoff at all, – unless you don’t have a family. Do what’s right for YOU.
So yes, these are some indications that this job you have is one that needs to be left in the darkest recesses of your memory (if all these points fit….run Forrest run!)
And now where to now? Greener pastures I guess. Head on over to WOBB’s job search machinery and you might just find that place that will give you soup (or the cash to let you buy soup).