What you can do if you feel like rage quitting your job
By ESTHER MUCHENE |
3 months ago
When you’re just about to throw in the towel, you remember the perks, the steady salary and all the benefits it comes with and you suck it up.
One more month, one more year, you tell yourself.
But how long will you tolerate a job you dislike?
You can’t help that burning desire to quit and in no way less than with an unforgettable dramatic exit.
When you do so out of frustration and anger without any notice, that right there is what we call rage quitting.
Whether it is right or wrong, it is up to you to reach that conclusion. Fact is, it happens every day. Before you serve your revenge cold on that ‘horrible’ boss, you need to ask yourself if what you’re about to do is stupid, or not.
Chances are, it is.
But who cares right?
Well, here are some tips worth considering before rage quitting.
i.Take some time out
Before you storm out, take a minute to calm down and center your thoughts. The truth is, we all have to deal with annoying clients at one point, live through awful meetings and keep up with ridiculous job demands that push us beyond our limits.
Before saying something you will end up regretting, come up with coping mechanisms that help you to feel better.
Taking a short walk, going to the bathroom and splashing some cold water on your face or looking at photos of your pet may be great ways to distract you.
ii.Think of future job interviews
Rarely do people think of this while in the moment. What you forget is, your resume will have a gap as you may be compelled to leave out your last job details.
That one thing can cost you the qualifications they are looking for. You cannot explain unprofessional behavior.
At the end of the day, you need good references and burning bridges is never the way to go because you never know who you may need next in your career.
iii.Use that rage elsewhere
You will be amazed at what a great motivator your rage can be. Chanel that negative energy into something you enjoy.
Better still, take action that will improve your current life situation.
If starting a business has been something you want to do then act on it. Use this chance to apply for other jobs or pursue projects that can offer you enough financial backing to quit the right way.
You may be surprised at what talking to a career expert or mentor can yield. Tell them what you hate about your job and listen to their perspective. Chances are you could be part of the problem.
They may give you insight on how your reaction to particular situations could be the source of your frustrations. On the other hand, they may help you strategize on your next career move and what options are worth considering at that point in time.
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