Love It or Leave It–Your Job (Dis)Satisfaction Level

You might be one of those fortunate individuals who loves the job he/she is in or is at least pretty well satisfied with it. On the other hand, you could be one of the many who’d love to get a new job somewhere else if you could figure out a way to achieve that. This post is for those of you in the second group.

Are You at the “Quitting Point”?

If things in your work environment have reached the point where you’re about ready to throw in the towel, it’s time to take a hard look at why that is and what, if anything, you can do about it. Signpost showing directions Time out or Burnout

As I’ve mentioned before, burnout (for whatever reason) can push you to the brink of saying, “I quit!” That doesn’t mean quitting is really a good idea. Maybe you just need to take a breather and jump back into the battle when you’re up for it again.

On the other hand, if you’ve done everything you can think of to improve your job situation and still feel the urge to scream at someone to “let me out of here!” you might find it wise to make arrangements to jump-ship at the earliest opportunity.

Job Signs & Situations to Look at Carefully

I can think of innumerable reasons you might want to chuck your job. Here are just a few:

  1. You work hard to do what your boss expects and never get a word of appreciation. Worse, he/she takes all the credit for your successes.
  2. Work-life balance with your current employer is such a joke, it looks kind of like this: WORK-WORK-WORK……life.
  3. You’re a woman in a company that habitually pays less (sometimes a lot less) for women in a given type of job than it pays for men in the same type of job, with other key factors (experience, etc.) being fairly equal.Depositphotos_4728109_m-2015
  4. Your boss should never have been a manager in the first place, and you’re stuck taking the heat for his/her management failings.
  5. You’ve approached key people in your company about career growth possibilities and gotten the stonewall treatment, and you can’t see a realistic way to overcome the obstacles internally.

I could spend a lot of time writing about each of these situations, but there’s not enough space left in this post for that. If you don’t recognize one of them from your own experience, you probably will from the experience of someone you know. If not, you might have one or two of your own that you could add to this list.

When Does “I Quit” Make Sense?

I just read a blog post by Nick Corcodillos of Ask The Headhunter (the title is “Don’t blame women for the gender pay gap“) that speaks to reason #3 above. Below is a short excerpt:

“Employers pay women less to do the same work as they pay men….A job is worth $X to do it right, no matter who does it. It’s all about getting the work done. And the employer decides whom to hire and how much to pay. Here’s the hard part for economists and experts to understand: Employers decide to pay women less, simply because they can get away with it….

“Millennial women are the generation that has figured out they’re not the problem. Unlike their older peers, they’ve figured out that when they’re not getting paid what they want, the answer is to quit and go work for an employer who will pay them more.”

Sometimes–if you can’t change conditions where you are–leaving isn’t just the best answer, it’s the only answer. That assumes, of course, that you can afford to leave–have lined up a better job, for example, so you’re not desperate to keep the one you have. Think about it. How far down the road can and should you go before you “bail”?

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