As regular Can’t Swing a Cat readers will probably know, earlier this year I quit my job without another one to go to. Handing in my notice was the best feeling ever and now I’m super happy and in a job I enjoy. And guess what? I want you to quit the job you hate too. Let me explain why…
1. Sticking around in a job you hate is bad for your health
New research suggests that bad jobs are bad for our health.
Those who are unhappy in their jobs early on in their careers are more likely to suffer from mental and physical health problems in later life, particularly if their workplace unhappiness lasts for many years.
Filled with a sense of impending doom every Sunday? Do yourself a favour and quit!
2. You deserve to be happy
I don’t care what you’ve been told; you deserve to be happy.
You deserve to go into work each day feeling inspired to do your best. You deserve a role that is challenging and exciting (if you want these things). You deserve to be properly compensated for your work. You deserve to work in an environment free from toxicity, harassment and bullying.
If you want the above things and you don’t have them, you deserve to quit and find something better.
Some people will tell you this sort of thing is millennial entitlement speaking – don’t listen to these idiots. These people are stuck in the past.
3. Your bad boss doesn’t deserve you
If your boss is lazy, controlling, stubborn, manipulative, or an aggressive bully, it’s time to show them who’s boss. That’s right – you’re the boss! Or at least your will be, in your own way, very soon.
Imagine if each and every one of us was in a position to quit any job that made us really unhappy. How amazing would that be?
Slave-driving employers, manipulative managers and dickhead directors would need to brush up on their leadership skills as a matter of urgency. After all, if they didn’t clean up their act, they’d have a serious retention problem on their hands.
If your boss is making your life a misery, it’s time to snatch back control and show them who’s boss. Say the words: “I quit!” and get the hell out of there!
4. There are good bosses out there looking for people like you
When you leave a bad boss, you open yourself up to exciting new job opportunities. If you play your cards right and do plenty of research, your next boss could be someone who motivates and inspires you rather than controls and intimidates you.
Gone are the days where all workers were at the mercy of their bosses and employers. Flexible office hours, positive working environments, and even laid back management styles are becoming increasingly popular.
Employers are finally beginning to see the value in making their workplaces somewhere staff want to be rather than have to be.
By finding the right place for you, you can do your best work, boost your happiness levels and improve your career in the process.
5. Quitting a shit job is the most empowering feeling ever
From the moment you hand in your notice to the second you walk out the door with your head held high, quitting the job you hate is super empowering. You’ll feel powerful and free and in control.
If you don’t have a new job lined up, you might feel a little scared at first, but providing you’re well prepared (and don’t just flip your desk in a moment of rage without coming up with some kinda exit strategy) this could be the start of something special.
Conclusion: Start preparing for your great escape right now
Life’s too short to spend 40 hours a week in a place that makes your miserable so you owe it to yourself to be proactive and make positive changes to your life.
Of course, not everyone can quit their job without another one to go to because obviously the bills won’t pay themselves. But, if you start building your very own f*ck off fund right now, you’ll eventually get to a point where you can quit your shit job without having to worry about your finances.
Even if you love your current job (if so, thanks for reading this far) it’s worth saving your own emergency getaway cash stash just in case things turn sour in the future or your next job isn’t quite what it was cracked up to be.
Emergency savings are important so here are a few posts to inspire you and help you get started: