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.
Photo by National Assembly for Wales
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.
I made a mistake accepting this job [StackExchange]