Have you ever thought to yourself “I hate my job” or “Why
don’t I just quit”? Chances are you have thought that more than once. So what’s
your wish to escape your boring office, or horrible colleagues, or unfair boss,
there’s always something holding you back, some kind of excuse. Maybe even all
ten we’re about to mention.
To you each of these excuses offer up very good reasons
why you should just suck it up and stay, but if you really think about it they’re
not strong enough reasons to keep you unhappy.
Here are the 10 worst excuses for staying in a bad job.
1. Things can only get better
Maybe someone you don’t like will transfer or quit, or
maybe your boss will be in a non-life threatening freak accident.
However things can easily get worse, or not change at
all. If you’ve done all you can to try and improve your working atmosphere and
then find it’s all been for nothing, then maybe it’s time you left.
2. I hate my boss but if I leave he’ll win
Why do you care? It’s not a contest, it’s your life. Get
over it and move on. You’ll never see him/her again anyway.
3. I don’t quit anything
Guess what? Sometimes in order to win you need to quit.
Whoever made up “Winners never quit and quitters never win” was just plain
wrong. Staying in a bad job makes no sense.
4. I won’t find another job
If you’re going to stay in your awful current job then
you’re right, you won’t. But if you move on before your bad job has beaten you
down then finding another one will only be a matter of time.
5. If I quit I’ll lose everything
This was going to be inevitable. Sure the salary, company
car, status and admiration from peers might be nice, but is it all worth
staying in a job that makes you unhappy? Being unhappy on a daily basis from
work will spread into other areas of your life such as your social and family
6. Nowhere else is as good
That’s ridiculous. There are hundreds of companies out
there and one of them is bound to make you happy.
7. I’ve already put so much into this job
Yes you may have put a lot into your job, be it time or
money, so it’s always going to be difficult if you decide to quit. Quit anyway.
Just because you put a lot in doesn’t mean you’re getting a lot out.
8. What about my health insurance?
This is understandable. If you are unfortunate enough
to live somewhere that doesn’t offer free healthcare then employers have a
great hand to play when it comes to health insurance. So what do you do? You start
looking for another job with health benefits. Your company won’t be the only
9. My salary is really good
If your job is making you unhappy then no amount of
money is going to make you happier. Besides if you really do make that much
money then you at least have some financial security when you are out there
looking for another job.
10. It will look bad on my CV
Staying in a dead end job that makes you unhappy doesn’t
look much better.
Most people who managed to quit a bad job always wish
they had done it sooner. Even if you have good reasons for staying in a bad
job, you owe it to your happiness to look over those reasons and make sure they’re
as solid as you think.