When that report is still undone, that proposal is still not crafted, that client is not convinced or when your boss is have a hard day and has no qualms about letting you know, four words echo at the back of your mind as everything starts to perpetually suck ─ “I hate my job.”
We have all thought about quitting, and here are some of the top reasons, according to CNN Money’s new global survey of 9,700 full-time employees, why some of us actually do:
1. No Pay Increment
This is almost self-explanatory. Some of us have been loyal to our companies for several years now, and have not seen any form of monetary appreciation. Yes, that pat on the back or a “good job” from the boss does make our moods a little better, but a little more ka-ching wouldn’t hurt. Over a long period of time, the lack of a raise could really get us to seriously consider our other options.
2. A Dim Prospect
Anyone who takes their careers seriously would prefer to be in a position that can potentially advance into something brighter and bigger. When opportunities are scarce for any sort of professional advancement, it is as if we are constantly running on the spot ─ and it is time we get somewhere further.
The work-life balance has increasingly become a very important aspect in our lives. When our work hours bleed too much into our after-work hours (what are those again?), it is with no doubt that we would start to get a little resentful. We are spending less time with our partners, our family, our friends, our pets and most importantly, with ourselves (and Netflix). Who likes that?
4. The Lack of Teamwork
As humans, we are all social beings. We like to feel as if we belong to a community, made up with people who can enrich our lives with their ideas and experiences; we like to feel as if the workload is shared, and that a project is being well-invested in. We don’t like to feel like we are knee-deep in hard work alone and unappreciated. So when we are stuck in a company that practices a lack of communication and teamwork, we are reduced to feeling like solitary machines clocking in and clocking out ─ and this can get a little too draining to bear.
5. No Mentors
Learning ─ it is part of the job. When we have more experienced mentors who take the time to guide us through our struggles, we feel as if we have someone to turn to when we are stuck in a ruck. Without mentors, we can start to feel as if we a running in circles with no idea where to go or where we even want to go. There is no one who would look at us and say, “I’ve been there, and I’ve done that” ─ which can sometimes make us feel a little clueless, blind and alone.