Q is for QuitMelanie Lemus
Why People Quit
Reasons to Consider Quitting
There are so many reasons that a person might consider quitting their job. Perhaps you’re in a toxic work environment. Maybe your job is a total dead-end with no growth opportunities. Perhaps you’re leaving over forced mandates with which you fundamentally disagree. Or maybe the company doesn’t align with your values, goals, or passion. Here are some other popular reasons people quit their jobs:
- Low pay
- Transitioning to self-employment
- Staying home to raise children
- Unreasonable expectations and workload
- Poor work-life balance
- Changing careers
- Poor leadership
- Feeling undervalued and underappreciated
Whatever the reason may be, you’ve clicked on this article because you’re possibly considering quitting your job. Next, we’ll look at the best way to leave.
Best Practices for Quitting
I know it’s tempting and momentarily satisfying to make a dramatic exit on the heels of your exasperated “I QUIT!” declaration. But there are certainly other options – ones that provide you with glowing references and don’t burn bridges.
It’s important to be as graceful and professional as possible. You can achieve this by writing a formal letter of resignation and giving your employer notice. The standard is two weeks, but if you’re under contract, you’ll need to read the fine print. Be prepared to be out of work as soon as you submit your letter, as many employers say “thanks, but no thanks” to your last couple of weeks on the job.
You don’t want to alienate your former colleagues, especially if there is a chance of returning to that company or using your employer as a reference for another position in the same industry.
I Just Quit – Now What?
There are a few loose ends you may want or need to tie up. These are things like saying goodbye to coworkers, preparing for an exit interview, and determining if you qualify for unemployment. Typically, you won’t be eligible; however, there are exceptions in some circumstances.
Now that you’re a free agent, it’s time to think about what’s next. If you’re not sure what that is, we here at Vision to Purpose would be thrilled to help you determine and walk through those next steps. So head over to our “contact us” page and drop us a line.
We look forward to working with you on your next exciting chapter!
About the Author
Melanie Lemus is the Communications Specialist for Vision to Purpose providing self-help, business, and career-focused topics. She lives in Virginia with her wonderful husband and witty daughter. Melanie loves her freedom – in Christ and America. She’s passionate about natural health and homeopathy, and she’s always down to take a hike through the mountains.
About Vision to Purpose
Vision to Purpose is dedicated to helping individuals and businesses succeed by offering tailored career, life, and business solutions, specializing in military transitions. We also help writers become published authors!
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