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When to quit the job you hate and when to stick with it

Savannah Hemmings

Dreams of having landed your perfect job float in and out of your head before your first day. After two or three months, not only have you completely forgotten about how it was supposed to be your dream job, but now you beg the clock to tick a little faster to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Working a job that you hate is never any fun, no matter what the reasons are. It’s important to know when you should hold out for a little while or when you should ditch it, pronto.

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When to quit:

1. Abusive environment

It doesn’t matter how much you love your job, dealing with an abusive boss or coworker is unacceptable and shouldn’t be tolerated. To cover yourself in case you do want to quit, make sure you follow all proper procedures for reporting an abusive experience or experiences.

If your coworker is the problem, meet with your supervisor. Explain how much you love your job, but that the working environment is almost unbearable. If things don’t change, make sure you have all proper documentation, and potentially follow up with a lawyer.

2. Verge of breakdown

Everyone has a different emotional threshold — that’s all part of being human. Sometimes, you’ll have to accept tough love to get back on your feet, but if your job causes so much stress and anxiety that you can barely muster the energy to get up for work, that’s a problem. Most people spend eight hours a day and at least five days a week working; there’s not much else we do for eight hours straight through other than maybe sleep.

Your personal health and mental well-being come first. Ditch the job if your employers keep overloading you or your personal life is wreaking havoc, making your job too much to manage.

3. Burnout scheduling

Some employers will just never get it. Burnout happens in many companies, especially those in the wedding, event, nursing and public accounting industries. Companies can hire great employees, but if they overwork them constantly and keep asking for more and more, burnout will happen quickly.

Before you reach the breakdown stage, start looking for other jobs. You know you can’t keep going on like this forever, so start the process now to avoid having a meltdown.

4. The writing on the wall

Coworkers are slowly taking home knickknacks on their desks, and the higher-ups seem like they’re meeting more often than usual. The writing on the wall is usually a telltale sign that things aren’t looking too good for the company. Before they close the doors on you, do some research into new jobs. You already don’t like your current job, and if it’s about to fall down around you, you have nothing to lose. Talk with your coworkers to find out as much information as possible without becoming the office gossip.

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When to stick with it:

1. Establishment of a safety net

When you’re branching out and beginning a new journey, it’s stressful and sometimes very expensive. If you had to move because of a job or get a better car for work travel, chances are your emergency funds are down a bit.

Even if you despise the job after six months, give yourself some time to build up a safety net. It’s never a good idea to leave a job without having another one, but if you have to, make sure you have enough funds saved up so that you can make it for a few months with no job or only doing part-time work.

2. Bigger payoffs ahead

Starting out at the bottom of the totem pole is usually never appealing. It can be overwhelming trying to learn everything for your job, and even after you’ve invested a year or two of time, you might find that your boss just doesn’t seem to value your work. Before you point the finger, assess your entitlement feelings: Have you really put in the work and effort deserving of a pay raise?

If you can see a money sign or new position glowing in the headlights of your future, it’s probably best to stick around. Just remember, money doesn’t always bring happiness and satisfaction with a job, but it can certainly make your job a bit more tolerable.

3. You’re given flexibility

If you work for a company that allows flexible work hours or work-from-home capabilities, it will be very difficult to give up for a traditional 9-5 unless the pay is that much better. Flexibility is especially important for anyone who has ambitions of becoming an entrepreneur. Yes, while you may have to work evenings and weekends for your full-time gig, it allows you more time during the week to focus on how you can make money on the side.

4. Networking is plentiful

Underestimating the power of networking is a huge mistake many young professionals make. If you work in a job where you can network with a wide range of business owners or well-connected professionals, polish up on your networking skills. If your eyes are open for a new opportunity and you have access to the right people, it will come. Be patient and stay with that current job so that you can land a new one just by chatting with a CEO or someone at a company you admire.

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