How to Leave Your Job

Many of us have been there - sitting at work and thinking about how much we would rather be doing something, anything, else. Thinking that we’d be more valued or respected in another job or company. Wishing that we made more money.

Or maybe you just want to enjoy your life more.

Whether you are ‘on the edge’ and can’t take it anymore or if you’re just daydreaming about a better future, here are a handful of things to consider.

Mental Outlook | Let’s take a pause to step back and really analyze why you’re unhappy.

  • Is it actually work related?

  • Are you unhappy in general?

  • Was there a recent event in your life that caused you to start feeling unhappy?

If you don’t fully understand the reason, you can’t take effective action to deal with it and leaving your job for superfluous reasons won’t do you any favors.

Finances | Regardless of how unhappy your current job makes you, you’re not going to be happier for very long if your money runs out less than two weeks after you decide to leave. Here are some items to think about:

  • Do you have another job lined up? Do have any kind of plan?

  • What’s in your savings? Do you have enough money to live comfortably for up to six months?

  • Are you in a situation where you don’t need to have your own income? (High earning & amenable spouse/partner, inheritance, etc.)

Effect on Others | Take the time to really look at the people that you are responsible for in any fashion. Maybe you’re a manager at your company. Maybe you have a spouse or family that relies on you for things like insurance. Before you make any kind of decision, make sure you take these elements into account.

Once you’ve taken the time to understand the three items above, you will be armed with the information to make a solid decision about whether or not to leave your job. Obviously there is a lot more to think about when you find yourself in a situation like this. These are simply the staples to help ensure that you will continue to have a decent quality of life after you leave whatever job you are currently in.

I would urge you to take your time and not only think about the ‘what ifs’, but consult with friends and family that you trust if at all possible, before making the leap.

The crew at Protagonist is available if you need an unbiased, confidential person to talk to.

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