It’s not you..it’s me. Actually it is you. How do you know if you should quit your job, or if you should stick it out? This is the quiz you need to put your job through to know if you’re on the right track, or you need to consider a career change.
A company called Gallup who’s surveyed people all over the world found in a study that 87% of people “are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces” and that only 13% feel engaged by their work. The average person spends 45% of their waking life at work, not to mention all the time getting ready for work, commuting, or just dreading work the next day. We only have one life to live, so why would anyone (and apparently nearly everyone) choose to be unhappy for almost half of it? Are you in the 13% or the 87%? Let’s find out:
1. Would you sell it to your mama?
The most pivotal question to ask yourself to find out if you need to quit your job, is “do you believe in the product or service you provide”? Do you feel that you are making a difference? The telltale sign to know if you believe in your work is whether or not you would recommend your company’s services to someone you care about. If you don’t believe in what you do or don’t feel that you are making the impact that you have the potential for, this is the number one sign that you should considering quitting. Now before you go light a bag of shit on fire on your boss’s doorstep, it’s prudent to ask yourself question #2.
2. Is there anything you can do to change your atmosphere?
We sometimes focus the blame too much on everything and everyone around us, claiming we want change but don’t do anything to change it ourselves. You must take responsibility for your own happiness and stop depending on others to make things happen. Before you quit your job, you owe it to yourself to at least try everything you can to make your job or company a place worth spending your life at. Until you’ve exhausted everything within your control, you haven’t yet earned the right to complain.
3. Would you be happy if…?
If circumstances changed, would that make you happy? Would you like a promotion? A decrease in responsibility? A pay raise? Ask yourself these types of things to see if you might just need a slight change instead of starting over. Also make sure it’s more than a short term fix. Something like a pay raise can boost moral temporarily, but you will revert back if your belief hasn’t changed. If you still believe in what you are doing, and you have done all within your control to change your atmosphere, talk to your boss about opportunities because I guarantee they’d be more willing to help you than you think. Turnover is expensive and makes a supervisor look bad, so they always try to avoid it when it comes to good people.
4. Is the grass greener?
Things always appear better before we have it, and after we lose it. An important question to ask is “why will I feel fulfilled elsewhere”? Every job in the world, no matter how glamorous, has downsides. Tons of people have at one point in time started a career that they believed would be everything they wanted in life, including myself, only to realize later they were wrong. So how can you tell? There’s no guarantees, but the surest way is to talk to people who already do what you think you’d like to do. Test it out, do a ride along, go on a few dates before you commit all the way. Be as sure as you can with your research before you burn a bridge and jump ship.
So, quit or nah?
If you’ve gone through these four questions and stages truly and honestly, and you still can’t find resolution with your current job, it’s time to get out of there. No amount of money or comfort is worth being miserable, and although it might be scary or financially challenging, you’ll never regret getting closer to something that makes you happy. Most people’s unhappiness comes from within and isn’t a product of their work, so it’s important to ask these four questions to make sure you are making the right decision.