Because You’re An Idiot And Other Reasons You Should Quit Your Job
Whoever came up with “Quitters never prosper” probably never had a job that wasn’t getting them anywhere. At a time when most people hang on to terrible jobs I propose you leave your job. Below are the top 5 reasons why you should quit your job now.
1. You’re getting underpaid
If you have been at your current company for at least 3 years, you’re being underpaid. The easiest and fastest way to get a pay raise is to go somewhere else. Why else do you think they keep everyone’s salary a secret? Because they know that if everyone finds out they make less than their coworkers, the shiznit is going to hit the fan. Many companies expect you to put up with many things including being underpaid because they think you’ll be comfortable enough. Maybe having a couple of interviews is a bit of a hassle, but getting a $20k raise will surely lessen the blow. Don’t believe me? Go to any of the salary comparison sites and look up your industry and job title. Chances are that your salary is in the lower half of the range provided. That means that you could be making $5k-$20k more of what you’re making now. At the very least, once you show your current employer what others are willing to pay, they may try to match your new salary.
2. You hate your job and your job hates you
If you’re one of those people that gets a knot in your stomach on Sunday evenings because you realize you have to go back to work, chances are you hate your job and you’re disengaged. Research proves that disengaged workers are less productive, more likely to make mistakes, and generally have a bad attitude. You think no one’s noticed? Think again. Your boss and coworkers have probably noticed your disdain. As a matter of fact, your boss is probably just waiting for a good enough reason to let you go and that reason is going to come sooner than you think. It doesn’t matter why you hate it. If you’re not happy with your job, you shouldn’t work there, end of story.
3. You’re not learning anything new
Some of you may be in a comfortable position at your current job. You’ve mastered all your tasks and everything is running on autopilot. It may sound great but be warned. You’ve become comfortable and when you become comfortable you become weak. Before you know it, you’ll be under fire from some new hot shot that wants your job or someone from above who wants to pass the blame. Either way you’re going to lose and your career is going to take a bruising. Don’t think it can happen to you? If Steve Jobs got kicked out of Apple, the company he founded, an employee like you can definitely be replaced.
4. Your boss is an idiot.
Yes. I said it. Sometimes bosses are idiots. Sometimes bad bosses happen to good people. They can be clock-watchers, “do as I say not as I do” leaders, non-delegators, or just plain idiots. You’ve tried “managing your managers”, you’ve tried working on the relationship, you’ve tried everything and nothing seems to get to your boss. When this happens, your best bet is to fire your boss. Look for a job where you really connect with your manager. Sit down and see what characteristics you did and didn’t like of your current boss (was his background in a different industry, was he significantly older than you, etc.) and then use that criteria when interviewing for new jobs.
5. Your boss thinks you’re an idiot
Sometimes (gasp) even employees make mistakes. We may have a perfectly good reason why we decided to shred those financial documents. However, after one too many mistakes, your manager doesn’t trust you anymore and once you have lost the trust from your managers, sometimes try as you may, you won’t be able to regain it. Your boss thinks you’re an idiot and will treat you as such. He won’t delegate work, will try to avoid you, and obviously won’t try to make your life easier. He or she is trying to get rid of you. If you really have tried to make a comeback but have not been able to make any ground, your best bet will be to switch jobs. Sometimes we have to realize that maybe we weren’t a good fit for the company and part ways. Chalk it up as a learning experience. Put yourself in your boss’s shoes. Would you trust someone who messed up as many times as you?
What are your reasons for leaving a job? I would love to hear about them in the comments section below. Be specific about the reasons you should quit your job and why. If you think one of your friends would find this information useful, make sure to forward it to them.