How long should you stay at a job you hate? Am I the only one who thinks this is a loaded question. It really depends on your circumstances, I know from personal experience that being at a job that you hate is DRAINING. However, you should definitely take proper steps before you just quit.
Make sure before you leave your job, you have a source of income. Whether that be setting up interviews, doing on demand jobs like Lyft, Uber, and InstaCart, have savings to sustain yourself for at least three months. So you can have some wiggle room, to figure out what your next steps are. Leaving a job is a big decision, so be 100% sure that it's what YOU want to do. Think about your network, recommendations, and opportunities you might lose if you leave. If after that, your heart still tells you to GO then do it.
When I left my job, I went through this very checklist and my heart said BYE! I've been following it ever since. It was not an easy decision for me to make, the feeling of being financially unstable was terrifying. But I decided to bet on myself, and I'm still gambling. With full faith, that the jackpot is coming in the next couple of spins.
Am I The Only One who thinks that you should stay at your job for at least a year before moving on to a new one? This is much easier said than done because it can become emotionally draining waking up everyday and being in an environment that you hate. Most importantly, when you aren’t happy you aren’t producing your best work.
In today’s work culture, it’s common for a company to have a high turnover rate. It’s also common for professionals to stay at a job for a shorter period of time versus when our parents and grandparents were early in their careers. Even though it’s normal for people to frequently move from company to company, according to Fortune Magazine it’s socially acceptable for a professional to remain at their job for at least 18 months.
So what if you haven’t hit the 18 month mark, and you already have a feeling that this company isn’t the right fit for you? Try a couple of these tips before you throw in the towel:
Make The Most of Your Social Life. Try to balance out your bad work days with lunch dates, happy hours and networking events. Being around people that lift your spirits can really make a difference. Who knows you might even meet your next plug while you’re out shoomzing.
Pick Up A New Hobby or Activity. Something that will help ease the stress and pressures of your 9-to-5. Even volunteering with a local organization or joining a common interests group will help take your mind off of your job.
Try to Make It Work. Before you submit your resignation letter and proceed to write your company a nasty review on Glassdoor. Think about it. Is there anything you can do to make the work culture better? How can you positively change the workplace experience at this company? You might not be the only one at your company feeling this way, and by finding a solution you could be making the workplace better for everyone.