Hate Your Job? Then Shut Up and Quit

A wise man once told me:
“If you wake up one day and dread going to work, you have a bad meeting coming up. If you wake up for a week and dread it every day of that week, you’re on a dog of a project. If you wake up for a month and dread it every day of that month, you need to polish your resume. If you wake up for two months and dread it for those 60 consecutive days, what the hell are you thinking?”

It’s only problematic when the dread is structural. When every fiber of your being rails against driving to the office for a prolonged period of time, it’s time to consider a big change. You have to get out of that role, or you’ll lose yourself forever. The last question that remains is where do you go if it’s time to get out?

How far is far enough?

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Shut up. Now. You’re making a choice—you’re choosing to hate what you do in exchange for a financial reward you’ll get after you finish doing what you hate. Hmm… That sounds eerily similar to another very old profession.

“If you don’t do it by the time you’re 40, you’re never going to do it.”

When is it time to leave?

Yep. Time for another provocative post that’s a slap upside the head for some of you. It falls in the same camp as the “10 Reasons Your Team Hates You” post that got a ton of attention.

If you can’t find something ideal, maybe try your hand at starting your own dream business. Or go back to school and change fields. Find that which makes you happy. Yes, there are risks involved, but last I checked, this country was founded on risk taking. At worst, Burger King is hiring.

The point of the above exercise is that you must separate the different kinds of pain your job inflicts. You should be tough enough to fight through the daily ups and downs or stick out that tough project.

I know all those things make it hard to just up and quit. All I’m saying is if you’re that miserable, you have some serious introspection to do. What I’d like to offer here are a few thoughts on how to grapple with that process.

Your employment is ‘at will’

Published Aug. 23, 2023, in thoughtLEADERS Brief on LinkedIn.

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When folks read their employment contracts, they tend to focus on the point that their employer can let them go at any time. What they never think about is they’re free to quit anytime as well.

First, look internally in your company. Unless it’s a tiny organization, there are usually other groups or functions that would be delighted to have you there. Maybe you can change divisions. Or go overseas. Or move into a brand-new function. Doing so keeps your long-term incentives in place, keeps your benefits (like healthcare), and most important, moves you somewhere you’ll be happier.


Hate Your Job? Then Shut Up and Quit

Time to stop whining about it and do something

Do you find yourself muttering, “I hate my job” every day when you wake up? Have you been saying that for more than a month straight? Are people starting to avoid you because you’re a downer to be around?

So, who’s quitting tomorrow?

The downside of looking internally is many organizations have strong cultures. Those tend to permeate the organization into every nook and cranny (mmm, buttered English muffins… oops, sorry). If the culture is what’s causing your pain, moving to another role internally likely won’t solve your problem.

Yes, this is a wakeup call. I’ve had a few conversations with folks during the past few weeks that have prompted this post. They’ve bemoaned their plight in the cubicle farm. They’ve complained about how unhappy they are. And yes, I’ve looked them dead in the eye and given them the same advice I just gave you. If you hate what you’re doing, go do something else.

Another really smart guy once told me, “If you don’t do it by the time you’re 40, you’re never going to do it.” Whatever “it” is for you—starting a business, getting a degree, changing jobs to a new field you love. His logic was that by 40 you’ve typically invested enough in a corporate career that the long-term incentives are a crushing weight to walk away from, and you’re more focused on retiring than you are on growing your career.

The first step in evaluating whether you should stay or go is admitting to yourself that you can go and calculating your losses. Then ask yourself the hard question of whether that amount of money is worth your happiness. If not, then consider leaving.

Published: Monday, September 11, 2023 – 12:03

If the above conditions are all met, you should definitely evaluate finding a new job. The good news is, sometimes you don’t have to quit to find it.