Welcome to a very big club! A recent survey found that half of all adults aren’t happy with their jobs. That’s a 79 percent increase over the past 20 years. Know this: Switching jobs doesn’t always make people happier. So, before you quit, consider these practical solutions to a few common problems. This intelligence comes from U.S. News and World Report:
- Problem #1: You’re overwhelmed. Maybe the work’s too hard – or there’s just too much of it. The fix: Ask for help. It may sound obvious, but many workers just don’t do it. Believe me, your boss wants to help you do a good job! Another fix: Talk to a co-worker about trading a few of your duties. That way, you both might end up with projects better suited to your abilities.
- Another workplace problem: You’re not up to the job. Not all jobs are made for all people. You may not have the skills, background, or drive required to thrive in your job. A possible fix: Join an online professional group where people help each other solve problems. Or talk to your boss about taking a class to update your skills.
- Problem #3: You have a nightmare boss. It takes humility to work with a hothead. So, instead of confronting them, ask what you could do better. If nothing else, you’ll earn their respect by asking for feedback. If all else fails and you decide you have to quit your job, try these tips:
- Network for a new job BEFORE you leave. It can take several months to line up a new gig, so don’t jump ship too soon. On the flip side, don’t shirk your responsibilities at your current job. That’s unfair to your co-workers, and could make it harder to get good references.
- Negotiate a layoff. You might be able to get a severance package, or an extension of your health insurance.
- Don’t burn any bridges. Don’t bash your boss or your company to co-workers. Stay positive in your resignation letter and exit interview. Try saying, “I learned a lot here and I’m looking forward to facing new challenges elsewhere.” Bottom line: You never know when you’ll need to a good reference.