How To Resolve Big Issues That Make You Want To Quit Your Job

We're eager to be employed, especially in today's job market. That said, some jobs turn out to have major problems that make our lives miserable and make us want to quit. Nonetheless, quitting isn't always the answers. Here's what you can do to try and resolve those problems before jumping ship.

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A user over on StackExchange took a job that turned out to be terrible and wants out. Some people recommended methods for quitting, but others recommended other strategies first. One of the best answers came from StackExchange user Patrick. He gave some suggestions specific to type of job in question (programming), so here is a more generalised version:

  • Talk to your boss about the problems at hand.
  • Tell your boss how you'd like to see those problems resolved.
  • Ask your boss what it will take to get to that resolution.
  • If the answers do not make the situation better, then it's probably time to consider finding another job.

These suggestions really apply to any job you might want to quit, but are particularly relevant when you've just gotten there. Perhaps the problems you're seeing aren't as big as you think they are and you could be happy at the job if you just worked through it. Often times people tend to see life as a set of circumstances that just are what they are, and the only thing that can be done is to try out a different set of circumstances. Sometimes the circumstances can be labelled good or bad, but much of the time the issues they present can be resolved by simply making an effort to solve the problem. If it doesn't work out, you can always leave. If you've just started the job, however, you should give your boss plenty of notice and work with him or her to make the transition as seamless as possible.

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    "Perhaps the problems you’re seeing aren’t as big as you think they are..."

    If you're unhappy there, you're unhappy there. You may "Work through" one issue, but sooner or later another will rise and you're back in the same spot again.

    Quitting my last programming job was the best decision I ever made. Now I work for a much better boss, better conditions, no problems, and LOVE to work :)

    "If it doesn't work out, you can always leave."

    Unfortunately, not all of us have the option of just quitting our jobs. Most of us have commitments, bills to pay and mouths to feed. In today's job market, it's not easy to simply quit and find a new job without taking a big risk financially, and for people with families and debts, this option is simply too risky.

    So, finding ways to deal with the problems at your job, instead of having to endure a miserable daily grind or having to take a large risk and quit, is very valuable.

    'Often times people tend to see life as a set of circumstances that just are what they are, and the only thing that can be done is to try out a different set of circumstances.'

    This is interesting, because I've always thought that the grass is greener on the other side. Today, I am stuck in a job where I initially liked the least (comparing to the other jobs I held simultaneously while working part-time), due to the limited opportunities and work environment. I chose this job eventually as it provided the best outcome in the long run.

    Interestingly enough, once I've changed my mindset and focused on bringing my best and focusing on the positive, I'm starting to like this place more and learning opportunities are coming in. I guess, if one can't leave, focusing on the positive helps; and most of the time, it takes time to change the first impression?

    How about trying to quit a job you never thought you'd be in for very long because it was like an in-between job when you first got it, but ended up staying with for 1 1/2 years and you didn't like it from the start?

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