Alternatives to quitting your job

There may be different reasons why you feel miserable at work. Your motivation may be low; the customer base may be shrinking; you may be under-compensated for your services; your personal and family relationships may be affected. Undoubtedly, your job consumes too much of your time for you to stay where you feel unhappy. But, before quitting your job, make sure you have taken every necessary step to save your case.

Alternatives to quitting your job

Write down the reasons

Make a list of all the reasons that make you feel you uncomfortable with your job. Do you feel unchallenged? Is your job ruining your family-work balance? Have you burned the bridges with some co-workers or your boss? Are you receiving substandard performance reviews? Write down anything that makes you unhappy at work so that you realize the roots of the problem. This is your only chance to solve it, if possible.

Change Your Attitude

Finally, before you quit, consider all of the reasons why you want to quit. Do any of the reasons fall solely in the realm of your control? Attitude can be the determining factor between finishing in first place and finishing in last place. Do you have an attitude of achievement or of defeat? Do you whine or complain about everything? Have your previous jobs ended in a similar way, feeling overall dissatisfied at work? Perhaps it is time for an attitude adjustment. Rather than focus on what you see as failure in yourself or attacks from others, try to look for what is good about your job. It is not always easy to change your attitude, but it can be done, and the results will be beneficial in all aspects of life. If quitting seems like the only path to satisfaction, remember, the job may change, but your attitude and perception will carry on with you.

Firm Negotiation

For many employees in the workforce, the temptation to quit may arise from a very specific workplace issue. Whether this issue is related to a co-worker, wages, resources, hours, or other potential factors, part of the role of any supervisor is supposed to be to ensure the comfort and working happiness of their subordinates. Approaching the boss with an ultimatum can seem daunting, but ultimately, the question is this: If a superior is unwilling to change one or two things to accommodate a great employee, is that superior truly worth working for?

Attitude Check

Many in the modern world fully realize that a job is not an entitled privilege, and having one is a valuable gift to be appreciated. What some may fail to realize is that a paying position is rarely perfect, and most people have days when they experience stress and feel like quitting. The solution may be to just take a deep breath, examine the situation critically, realize that it is not exactly so awful, and persist until things improve. If there really is a valid concern at hand, drastic action may need to be taken, but often the key is just to hang in there and ride out the storm.

Set yourself new objectives

As a result of conversations with your boss and other colleagues, you will hopefully be able to come up with a new action plan by setting yourself new objectives for the coming months. If you have decided that you want to move in a different direction, explore training possibilities and ask about mentoring services. You could also give yourself personal goals by aiming to have achieved promotion within a certain period of time. This will hopefully give you the motivation to forge ahead even if you aren’t entirely happy with your current circumstances.


If you are quitting your job because of family reasons, then you should first take an advice from your family members. Quitting a job under any kind of emotional pressure might lead to financial problems and your family might not be ready for this financial pressure. Under such circumstances you can opt for a work-from-home option and you should be frank enough to discuss it with your boss.

Learn to communicate

Not enough recognition for good work, low salaries, and no promotions are some of the reasons behind the low productivity of employees. These reasons sometimes force an employee to quit his job because they tend to impact him financially and emotionally. An employee can handle this kind of situation in a better way by communicating his problems effectively to his boss because this conversation might create more options or better alternatives for him.

Remember what lured you to the job in the first place

Try to recall what it was that made you apply for the job you have. What was the ‘spark’ that made lured you to be a part of this particular workplace? Mentally revisiting the reasons you initially applied for the job may help you to reassess your reasons for wishing to leave. It could help rekindle the lost flame.

Distance yourself for a little while

Sometimes, one simply needs to step away from the big picture to appreciate things more. If you have any holidays owing to you, it may be advisable to take a few days off. You could be suffering from ‘burn-out’ and simply need a rest. This will allow you to feel refreshed and reassess your reasons for wishing to quit your job.

In this financial climate, to quit your job before you have another one to go to is not a good idea. Before you do so, consider all the alternatives; you may well be able to come up with a far more viable suggestion.

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