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Top 10 Bad Excuses For Staying In A Bad Job by Nobody: 2:46pm On Feb 14, 2015
If you’re unhappy at work, I’m sure that the thought
“Man, I really should quit!” crosses your mind
occasionally.

So why don’t you?

Even if you long desperately to quit, to get away
from your horrible workplace, annoying co-workers
or abusive managers, you may hesitate to actually
do anything about it, because right on the heels of
that impulse come a lot of other thoughts that hold
you back from quitting.
Each of these excuses may sound to you like the
voice of sanity, offering perfectly good reasons why
it is in fact better to stay and endure that bad job
just a little longer, but look a little closer, and they
don’t really hold up. What they do instead is keep
you trapped in a job that is slowly but surely
wearing you down.

Here are 10 of the most common bad excuses for
staying in a bad job.

#1 “Things might get better”
That jerk manager might be promoted out of there.
That annoying co-worker could quit.That mound of
overwork could suddenly disappear.
On the other hand, things might also get worse. Or
they might not change at all. If you’ve already done
your best to improve your job situations and
nothing’s happened, just waiting around for things
to improve by themselves make little sense.

#2 “My boss is such a jerk but if I quit now, he
wins.”

Who cares. This is not about winning or losing, this
is your life. Move on, already.

#3 “I’m not a quitter.”
Well guess what these somewhat successful people
have in common: Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Tiger
Woods, Reese Witherspoon, John McEnroe and
John Steinbeck?
Yep, they all dropped out of Stanford.
The old saying that “Winners never quit and quitters
never win” is just plain wrong and leaving a bad job
is just common sense.

#4 “I’ll never get another job”
Well not if you stay in your current job while it slowly
grinds you down, you won’t! Move on now while
you still have some self-confidence, motivation and
energy left.

#5 “If I quit I’ll lose my salary, status,
company car, the recognition of my peers,
etc.”

Yes, quitting a job carries a price and that makes it
scary. We all know this intimately.
But few of us ask this question: What is the price of
staying in a job that makes you unhappy?
That price can be very high. It can ruin your work life
but also your marriage, your family life, your health,
your self-esteem and your sanity. Not all at once,
but a little bit every day.

#6 “Everywhere else is just as bad”
That’s just nonsense. There are plenty of great
workplaces in every industry.

#7 “I’ve invested so much in this job already”
You may have sacrificed a lot of time, energy and
dignity already in attempts to make things better.
This will make it more difficult for you to call it quits.
I’m reminded of how Nigerian email scammers
sucker in people. At first it’s a small investment, but
then the amounts grow and grow. At each step the
victim is reluctant to stop because that would mean
losing all the money he’s spent so far.
Quit anyway. Staying on is just throwing good time
after bad.

#8 “I’ll lose my health insurance.”
I have a lot of sympathy for this argument. Where I
live (Denmark), everybody gets free health care
regardless of their employment situation so I can’t
imagine the leverage this must give employers.
One answer: Start looking for another job with
similar health benefits.
Also: Ask yourself what good job related health
insurance is if your job is actually making your sick –
which bad jobs can absolutely do.

#9 “My job pays very well”
I have zero sympathy for this argument. I don’t care
how well your job pays; if it makes you unhappy it’s
not worth it.
Quite the contrary, if you make a lot of money now,
use that financial security to quit and find a job
that’ll make you happy.

#10 “Quitting will look bad on my CV”
Whereas staying for years in a job that grinds you
down and goes nowhere will look excellent.
The upshot
Many of us would be much happier at work if we
quit bad jobs sooner. I’ve talked to many people
who have finally managed to quit a bad job and
only wished they’d done it sooner. I have yet to
meet a single person who quit a crappy job only to
wish they’d stayed on longer.
You may have perfectly good reasons to stay in your
crappy job – all I’m saying is that it pays to examine
those reasons very closely to make sure that they
hold up.
‘Cause it may just be the fear talking.

Your take
What do you think? Have you ever been stuck in a
lousy workplace? What kept you from leaving? What
finally made you quit? Please write a comment, I’d
love to hear your take.
Re: Top 10 Bad Excuses For Staying In A Bad Job by Nobody: 3:08pm On Feb 14, 2015
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Re: Top 10 Bad Excuses For Staying In A Bad Job by crudedude(m): 8:53pm On Feb 14, 2015
I think you should've added the sauce of the article.
Re: Top 10 Bad Excuses For Staying In A Bad Job by Nobody: 12:00am On Mar 04, 2015
crudedude:
I think you should've added the sauce of the article.
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