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What to do if You're Thinking About Quitting Your Job

The Grind: Glamour Explains Your "I Quit" Fantasy


I've never met someone who's loved every job she's had — in fact I think having a couple of less than perfect job stories under your belt can aid in your development as a professional. Like relationships, a few bad apples can help you acknowledge a good thing when it's finally in front of you. By nature, I'm generally not a confrontational person, so when I saw this article in Glamour it completely spoke to me. Who hasn't envisioned telling your boss or whomever made you mad at work why you're too good for them, and that you're leaving right then and there. Snap! Glamour knows that most of us have had such fantasies, and ventured to explain what your walk-away dreams really mean.

According to Pamela Perrewe, a professor of management, your quitting fantasies are a survival strategy and serve to remind you that where you work is your choice. She says that if these thoughts flood your mind and it's all you can think about, try negotiating your situation before just throwing in the towel.

If you don't at least try to improve your situation you're more likely to be unhappy at your next job, too. Give yourself a month to figure out solutions for the issues that bother you most, and if there's too much to fix than it may be time to look inside other employers' offices for a happier work situation.

I know some of you have had your own sassy quitting fantasies — please share!

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