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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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insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
I got to watch a lot of other people storm out at my last job. It was very satisfying to get to vicariously live this fantasy on a regular basis.
wrngco wrngco 9 years
I quit my horrible last job where my manager was a cross between Charles Manson and Little Miss Sunshine I'd be too terrified to talk bad about this giant company to anybody but in a coincidence days later they lost a Federal lawsuit and a County lawsuit was filed agaisnt them for what is said "hundreds of millions of dollars" they treat their employees like they treat their customers ....who have the government siding with them (their customers) GLEE
Mintie Mintie 9 years
I have never quit a job without notice...except for my last one. My manager was a complete a**hole to me for about 6 months... I had been going to HR for about a month and they were doing nothing. Finally, he started a huge screaming fight with me and I ripped my nametag off and flung it at his head. I must say it was liberating! I don't suggest ever doing this. But it was like a dream come true.
gooniette gooniette 9 years
I hate going in to give my two weeks, but that big sigh of relief after it's over makes it worth it.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
I LIVED my quitting fantasy at my last job. I still smile when I remember it. I'd reached the point of no return and took a huge risk quitting with only a couple months money saved up and no job prospects at all, but I'm so happy I did it. It hasn't quite been a picnic for me since I left, but I would never never never go back.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
People seriously just stop showing up to work without notifying anyone? That really sucks for the other employees. Anyway, I think it's good to have an article focusing on either 1)making improvements to your situation, or 2) bailing. When I used to work in an office, I'd listen to hours upon hours of griping from this one guy in particular. Finally, I just lost it. I was like, guess what, work isn't prison! If you hate it, you can leave. He left a few months later ane emailed me to say thanks and that he was much happier at his new position. Sometimes people might legitimately be stuck somewhere, but for the most part, if you want to quit ALL the time, you should just do it!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I ahve quit many jobs. Usually, when theya re really horrible, I just stop going. Like in The Office. He just stops going hahaha!
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