Jun 15, 2018
Laurie gets emails all the time with the same question: ‘Should
I quit my job?’ She admits right off she might not be the best
person to ask; she’s not exactly driven to work. Despite that,
she’s been in the HR world for the past 25 years and she’s seen it
all. Laurie begins with the first answer she generally gives: Yes.
Quit your job. Here’s why.
- Let’s get one thing straight. You don’t write in asking if you
should quit your job for no reason. You’re asking because you WANT
to quit your job and you want permission to do it. But in today’s
society, we’re expected to ask for advice, to get consensus and
validation. Consider this your green light. Stop asking and just go
- There’s another group of people who actually love what they do
but they’re embroiled in wage gaps, #MeToo issues, terrible bosses,
and bad work environments in general. It doesn’t seem fair that
they have to quit their jobs, but Laurie has some tough love that
you need to hear.
- Maybe your job is craptastic and the only reason you’re in it
is that you can’t find another job. Know this: you are not expected
to keep yourself in a toxic environment. If you can’t find one job
to replace the terrible one, then find two. Do whatever it takes to
get yourself out of the toxic situation because it is slowly
killing you. It is self-abuse. Stop it! You deserve better.
- Are you angling toward something more entrepreneurial? Maybe a
swim school or frozen yogurt stand? Great! If you’re determined to
be your own boss, then bet on yourself. Get a business plan and get
to work. But make sure you’re ramping up first. Don’t quite a job
and THEN start a company; it’s a recipe for disaster.
- Are you really struggling with the decision? Then get someone
qualified to help you work through it. We’re not talking about some
sketchy Internet life coach who is using you to self-soothe their
own past. Laurie recommends talking with a psychiatrist or
psychologist – no, really! If that’s not an option, check out
The Muse. They have
certified career coaches to help you take the right steps when
you’re ready to quit work.
- Finally, if you’re determined to quit your job, make sure you
take all your paid time off and exhaust every benefit in your
employee handbook. Use your health insurance to make sure you’re
well; go to the dentist, the eye doctor. While you’re doing this,
try to remember why you accepted the job in the first place. What
made you say yes? Is it worth leaving? Think through it.
- Laurie’s final piece of advice is instrumental: expand your
network. Talk to smart people. If you truly CAN’T leave your job
and it’s a toxic environment, then you need good people around
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Episodes referenced in this podcast:
Barker Episode on being smart about choosing your job
Kibben Episode on how to ramp up a business
Episode on democratizing coaching
Stratten Episode on burning down your career
podcast with Scott Stratten
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