To Quit or Not to Quit?


Have you thought about quitting your job? How do you decide whether to stay or leave?

To quit or not to quit? "That is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune..." Shakespeare's words in Hamlet are easily applied to so many of us in jobs we hate. How about you?

Quit and split? Stay and suffer?
Is your boss a loss? Is the place a disgrace? Are you being used, abused and refused? Maybe it's time to quit. Except, maybe you need the money. You don't have another job. You are just plain afraid to quit. What should you do?

DO quit your job IF...
...you are being abused - either sexually, morally, ethically, financially or even emotionally. If your personal integrity is being compromised, and there is no possible reconciliation or recourse, begin planning your exit from your current job and your entry into the next.

Before you quit - count the cost
How long before you get the next job? Sometimes longer than you think? How long can you go without a paycheck? What is your budget? Will you lose any bonuses, stock options, benefits? What about health insurance?

Rather than take-off - transfer
Most people quit because of a boss. If you like the company you work for, but not the boss, explore other options in the organization. Check out internal job postings. Carefully ask close associates. Maybe confidentially talk to someone in human resources.

Rather than resign - reconcile
If personal conflict is driving you away, then seek peace. Identify the problems. What are the other person's complaints? Are there things you can do to alleviate the situation? Exercise forgiveness. Focus on changing you, not them.

Rather than flight - fight?
In matters of ethics and morality, perhaps you have to fight. Get your facts together (what happened when, where and how), and make a appeal to your boss for understanding and change. Perhaps take the facts to human resources or your boss's boss and seek relief. There is risk of being fired, getting bad references and worse, so consider outside counsel, including legal.

Pressure to quit?
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." James 1:1-4
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