If you’ve ever given serious consideration to quitting a job, you’ll know that it can be difficult making a decision. This is especially so if you’re quitting without finding a new one. Fact is, most of us stay on in our jobs for a multitude of reasons: a steady pay check, good colleagues, a familiar workplace. Take your pick.
But what constitutes possible reasons for one to quit their jobs? Here, we examine some of the reasons for doing so. Let’s take a look.
1. You’re Not Learning Anything New
A good job should help you reach your full potential by giving you the opportunities to learn new skills, acquire knowledge and gain experience. According to a case analysis by Harvard professor Teresa Amabile, published in the Harvard Business Review, most employees feel more motivated and positive when they have “the sense that they’re making headway in their jobs or when they receive support that helps them overcome obstacles.”
So if you’ve long been at a standstill in your job – just printing documents, stapling them and gliding absently to the pantry and back to your cubicle – when there are far better things that you could be doing, that might mean it’s time to consider your options.
2. You’re Not Given Any Guidance
Sometimes, employers hire people just to fill the holes in their work force, all the while forgetting that new hires may need a little help every once in a while. When a company or your boss is keen on pointing out mistakes without offering a better way to do it, then chances are, you’ll never learn anything more in that company.
Try and speak to your management about providing more guidance to you. If things are still not improving after some time, then this could be symptomatic of underlying issues.
3. Your Boss Terrifies You (And Not In A Good Way)
It’s in the nature of bosses to push you a little out of your comfort zone. Sometimes, that’s the only way to get things done. Other times, they’ll need to provide criticism and feedback in order to ensure results.
But what if you’re boss sets you up with unrealistic tasks, and doesn’t provide you with the resources or guidance to get the job down? Or worse, they are constantly disparaging you in public, and being unnecessarily harsh? Then that might be the sign of a bad boss.
If you’ve tried and there doesn’t seem to be any way to get them to change, you could consider if it’s better to just get away from their toxic presence.
4. You’re Not Getting Recognition
So you’ve been working hard and delivering good results. In such a case, wouldn’t you want to get recognition for your work? It’s not about feeding our egos (though a little always makes one feel good), but we just want to know our standing in the company. Recognition is usually a precursor to getting a raise or a promotion too.
If your employer or superior isn’t giving credit where it’s due, despite your best efforts, then it might be time to consider another workplace. What’s even worse – if your boss constantly tries to downplay your achievements or take credit for your success, then that’s a sign you might need to reconsider your options.
5. You’re Overworked, Underpaid
Has your salary kept pace with the amount of work you’re handling? With the current talent shortage in Singapore, most businesses are generally cognisant of the need to remunerate their employees accordingly. A businesses that is consistently failing to recognise and reward its hard working staff members, might not be one you wish to hang around for long. Talk to your management about a raise and outline concrete reasons why you deserve one. If your request is bring brushed aside, then it might time to consider a new job.
6. You Have No Work Life Balance
On the other hand, maybe you are being generously rewarded for the heavy workloads you’re bearing. But this is coming at the expense of your personal or family life, as you’re burning weekdays evenings and weekend on a regular basis.
Such a scenario is common in professions such as lawyers and auditors, and this has resulted in many choosing to quit for a better work life balance. If this scenario sounds familiar to you, take heart and know that you are not alone.
Find out if there are parts of your workload that can be delegated and speak to your bosses about it. But if this problem still persists month after month, maybe you need to consider a change in pace elsewhere.All content is produced and published by IMPACT! Brand Communications.