The Best and Worst Reasons to Quit Your Job


There are times when quitting a job is the best thing you can do. There are also times when quitting is definitely not the answer. Below are some of the best and worst reasons to quit a job.

The Best Reasons:

Damage to Your Mental/Physical Health

No job is worth trading your health for. While many workplaces come with their risks, a good employer will put health and safety measures in place to reduce these risks. If you’ve been hurt while on the clock and you feel that there was a lack of health and safety in place, it could be a valid reason to quit (and sue). Certain jobs are also worth quitting if they’re making existing injuries or conditions worse. Quitting a job that is causing you depression or major stress-induced anxiety is also the right thing to do.

Conflict in Ethics

If you find a job’s practices to be unethical, this could be another good reason to quit. You shouldn’t feel that you’re having to make decisions or contributions that go against your personal beliefs. This could include quitting a marketing company because you feel they’ve been using shady tactics or quitting a job that involves working with meat because you are a vegan.

A Better Opportunity Elsewhere 

If another job opportunity has come up that has better prospects, better pay or simply a more rewarding work role, this could be another good reason to quit. Just make sure that this new job opportunity is definitely what you want to do.

The Worst Reasons:

Fear of Being Fired

Quitting a job because you’re afraid that you’ll get fired isn’t usually a good idea. While leaving a job voluntarily can be easier to explain to a future employer than getting fired, you won’t get any severance pay and you’ll still leave the job on bad terms. Most employers will put off firing an employer unless they screw up majorly or continue to make mistakes – consider whether your fear is irrational. If you keep making mistakes, work with your employer to improve or see if they can find you a new role. If personal commitments keep getting in the way of work, try to work with your employer to find a balance

That One Co-worker You Don’t t Get On With

If you don’t get on with multiple co-workers, then quitting could be a good idea (especially if they’re bullying you – which could be affecting your mental health). However, one bad co-worker is not worth quitting for. Find a way to solve your conflict – even if it means bringing your boss into the equation (if your boss is the problem, consider how you may be able to come together with your co-workers to solve the problem). 

No Raise or Promotion (but you didn’t ask)

Not getting a raise or a promotion when you’ve been working really hard can be demoralising, but it’s usually not worth quitting for – especially if you didn’t ask your employer for a raise or a promotion. Don’t sit around hoping to get noticed. Often the only way to find progression in a job is to ask.

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