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7 Things To Consider Before Quitting The Job You Hate Immediately

7 Things To Consider Before Quitting The Job You Hate Immediately

Do you dread waking up on Mondays? Your office cubicle feels like a prison cell for 8 hours. You feel like a hamster on a wheel just doing the same mind-numbing work. Many people share these same feeling since most people are not satisfied with the work they do.

If you hate your job it may be appealing to just quit the job you hate cold turkey. You may see things about finding your dream job or follow your passion in the work you do. There is great information out there about these concepts and it is certainly possible to follow your dreams. But before you do here are seven things to think about before doing anything drastic.

Keeping The Lights On

What is the difference between a guitar player and a large pizza? The pizza can feed a family of four. That is an old joke and not necessarily a funny one but you get the point. It may be appealing to quit the job you hate and become a traveling musician or famous blogger. But can these pay the bills for basic necessities in life?

It is a basic fact that you need to work to make ends meet. As long as you are able to work, you need to provide for yourself and your family. Staying in the job you hate provides an underlying sense of responsibility that can serve you well later.

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Long Term Goals

We live in a time that is different from the work models our parents and grandparents worked in. Years ago career progression was linear. You chose a profession and advanced in that job area. You could be working in a job you hate because you had to.

Times are different now. You may have a long term goal to work in a job you are passionate about, start a business or work from home as a freelancer. The internet has provided limitless information that anyone can learn a new skill or make a career change.

These types of changes can take time to be able to replace your current income. Put a plan in motion and set a date when you want to make a change that is realistic. When you look back you will appreciate how staying in your crummy job helped in the long run.

Pay Off Your Debt

There are so many great opportunities in life that people can take advantage of. But for many these opportunities are limited because of debt. There are probably things you would rather be doing instead of using your income to pay credit cards or student loans.

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But imagine your life without these financial burdens. Having financial freedom gives you the flexibility to do things you want to like travel, dining out to new places, and trying new things. Being able to pay off debt lets you do this. Your job is the vehicle to make this possible.

Facing The Unpredictable

The recent recession has changed many aspects of life and work. Retirement as it was recognized for years has become a thing of the past. People are working longer in life than the previous generation.

Working in a job you hate may mean being miserable in exchange for being secure. But that security can be the platform of something great. You can work on your dream career and still have peace of mind to concentrate on those dreams.

Oh, Those Benefits

In the book The Freelancers Survival Guide there is one overarching theme that author Kristine Rausch stresses you need: health insurance. As human beings, we are not indestructible. Family members become ill. Sometimes we need to care for ill or disabled family members.

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Benefits provided in your job may give you the ability to deal with these issues. What if your wife was pregnant and you did not have insurance? Benefits in a job you hate can help make life a little easier.

Your Job You Hate Gets You To The Job You Love

People recognize the name Stephen King. Back when he was a struggling writer, no one really knew him other than as an English teacher. In fact, the book Carrie was rejected by publishers over 25 times. It was his experience as an English teacher that gave him the skills to be a great writer while providing for his family.

Think about ways your current job can help you. Maybe you’re in a position where you feel like there is too many chiefs and not enough subordinates. You have this dream to own your a business. The truth is, a business owner answers to customers, vendors and investors. That job where you answer to everyone can be great experience for becoming an entrepreneur.

Discovering Transferable Skills

Most jobs have some form of worker evaluation that measures performance in a variety of areas. You may be in a job you hate and loath these appraisals of your work. However the feedback you get from these can be valuable for future career goals.

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An employee evaluation and feedback from bosses and peers can be a good way to identify your strengths and weaknesses. Look at what areas you excel in. Those assets can be the basis for career growth in another field.

Taking the leap and quitting your job immediately may be fulfilling in the short term. But there are long-term considerations to consider for you and your family. With a well thought out plan of action, the job you hate could lead to something you love.

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Last Updated on July 16, 2019

7 Powerful Habits To Win In Office Politics

7 Powerful Habits To Win In Office Politics

Office politics – a taboo word for some people. It’s a pervasive thing at the workplace.

In its simplest form, workplace politics is simply about the differences between people at work; differences in opinions, conflicts of interests are often manifested as office politics. It all goes down to human communications and relationships.

There is no need to be afraid of office politics. Top performers are those who have mastered the art of winning in office politics. Below are 7 good habits to help you win at the workplace:

1. Be Aware You Have a Choice

The most common reactions to politics at work are either fight or flight. It’s normal human reaction for survival in the wild, back in the prehistoric days when we were still hunter-gatherers.

Sure, the office is a modern jungle, but it takes more than just instinctive reactions to win in office politics. Instinctive fight reactions will only cause more resistance to whatever you are trying to achieve; while instinctive flight reactions only label you as a pushover that people can easily take for granted. Neither options are appealing for healthy career growth.

Winning requires you to consciously choose your reactions to the situation. Recognize that no matter how bad the circumstances, you have a choice in choosing how you feel and react. So how do you choose? This bring us to the next point…

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2. Know What You Are Trying to Achieve

When conflicts happen, it’s very easy to be sucked into tunnel-vision and focus on immediate differences. That’s a self-defeating approach. Chances are, you’ll only invite more resistance by focusing on differences in people’s positions or opinions.

The way to mitigate this without looking like you’re fighting to emerge as a winner in this conflict is to focus on the business objectives. In the light of what’s best for the business, discuss the pros and cons of each option. Eventually, everyone wants the business to be successful; if the business don’t win, then nobody in the organization wins.

It’s much easier for one to eat the humble pie and back off when they realize the chosen approach is best for the business.

By learning to steer the discussion in this direction, you will learn to disengage from petty differences and position yourself as someone who is interested in getting things done. Your boss will also come to appreciate you as someone who is mature, strategic and can be entrusted with bigger responsibilities.

3. Focus on Your Circle of Influence

At work, there are often issues which we have very little control over. It’s not uncommon to find corporate policies, client demands or boss mandates which affects your personal interests.

Gossiping and complaining are common responses to these events that we cannot control. But think about it, other than that short term emotional outlet, what tangible results do gossiping really accomplish? In most instances, none.

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Instead of feeling victimized and angry about the situation, focus on the things that you can do to influence the situation — your circle of influence. This is a very empowering technique to overcome the feeling of helplessness. It removes the victimized feeling and also allows others to see you as someone who knows how to operate within given constraints.

You may not be able to change or decide on the eventual outcome but, you can walk away knowing that you have done the best within the given circumstances.

Constraints are all around in the workplace; with this approach, your boss will also come to appreciate you as someone who is understanding and positive.

4. Don’t Take Sides

In office politics, it is possible to find yourself stuck in between two power figures who are at odds with each other. You find yourself being thrown around while they try to outwit each other and defend their own position; all at the expense of you getting the job done. You can’t get them to agree on a common decision for a project, and neither of them want to take ownership of issues; they’re too afraid they’ll get stabbed in the back for any mishaps.

In cases like this, focus on the business objectives and don’t take side with either of them – even if you like one better than the other. Place them on a common communication platform and ensure open communications among all parties, so that no one can claim “I didn’t say that”.

By not taking sides, you’ll help to direct conflict resolution in an objective manner. You’ll also build trust with both parties. That’ll help to keep the engagements constructive and focus on business objectives.

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5. Don’t Get Personal

In office politics, you’ll get angry with people. It happens. There will be times when you feel the urge to give that person a piece of your mind and teach him a lesson. Don’t.

People tend to remember moments when they were humiliated or insulted. Even if you win this argument and get to feel really good about it for now, you’ll pay the price later when you need help from this person. What goes around comes around, especially at the workplace.

To win in the office, you’ll want to build a network of allies which you can tap into. The last thing you want during a crisis or an opportunity is to have someone screw you up because they harbor ill-intentions towards you – all because you’d enjoyed a brief moment of emotional outburst at their expense.

Another reason to hold back your temper is your career advancement. Increasingly, organizations are using 360 degree reviews to promote someone. Even if you are a star performer, your boss will have to fight a political uphill battle if other managers or peers see you as someone who is difficult to work with. The last thing you’ll want is to make it difficult for your boss to champion you for a promotion.

6. Seek to Understand, Before Being Understood

The reason people feel unjustified is because they felt misunderstood. Instinctively, we are more interested in getting the others to understand us than to understand them first. Top people managers and business leaders have learned to suppress this urge.

Surprisingly, seeking to understand is a very disarming technique. Once the other party feels that you understand where he/she is coming from, they will feel less defensive and be open to understand you in return. This sets the stage for open communications to arrive at a solution that both parties can accept.

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Trying to arrive at a solution without first having this understanding is very difficult – there’s little trust and too much second-guessing.

7. Think Win-Win

As mentioned upfront, political conflicts happen because of conflicting interests. Perhaps due to our schooling, we are taught that to win, someone else needs to lose. Conversely, we are afraid to let someone else win, because it implies losing for us.

In business and work, that doesn’t have to be the case.

Learn to think in terms of “how can we both win out of this situation?” This requires that you first understand the other party’s perspective and what’s in it for him.

Next, understand what’s in it for you. Strive to seek out a resolution that is acceptable and beneficial to both parties. Doing this will ensure that everyone truly commit to the agreed resolution and will not pay only lip-service to it.

People simply don’t like to lose. You may get away with win-lose tactics once or twice but very soon, you’ll find yourself without allies in the workplace.

Thinking win-win is an enduring strategy that builds allies and help you win in the long term.

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