5 Bad Excuses For Not Quitting a Job You Hate!

We’ve all had an off day at the office. The day where nothing seems to go right, work piles up, and it seems that everything is against you. It’s normal to have this day once in awhile, but if this sounds like your standard work day, you may seriously need to re-evaluate whether your job is truly worth it.

Alexander Kjerulf, Chief Happiness Officer of Woohoo inc. and author of Happy Hour is 9 to 5, is an expert in happiness at work. After dedicating his life to the pursuit of spreading the message of a happy work place, he’s encountered many excuses from people who are unhappy with their current jobs, and why they’re afraid to quit.

Below is a collection of 5 types of excuses for not quitting a job you hate, and why those excuses don’t hold up!

1. The Optimist’s Excuse

“But, things might get better.”

Being positive is a great attitude to have in the work place. The thought that your annoying boss might move along up the chain (and away from you), or you’ll get over that hump of never-ending work.

Yes, this could happen—but it could also get worse.  Things might not change at all. If you’ve already tried to improve your work situation as much as you can, and you don’t feel a change, it’s sometimes healthier to just admit that it’s time to pull the plug.

2. The Stubborn Excuse

“My boss is such a jerk! But if I quit now, he wins!”

Has this thought ever entered your head at work? If so, take a minute to think about it, and realise how wrong that statement is. You all work for the same company, you should all want the same thing. If your team is clashing that badly, you are not achieving what you are there to do.

If you’re trying to stick it to your boss by playing chicken, stop it. You’ll spend most of your waking hours at this job. In the end, who cares? It’s not about winning or losing, this is your life we’re talking about!

3. The Pessimist’s Excuse

“Everywhere else is just as bad”

False. Every industry has a selection of great workplaces. Find out what you’re really looking for in a work environment, and then go for it. If you can’t find one that’s perfect, find one that’ll allow you to embrace your own methods of finding happiness at work.

4. The Greedy Excuse

“But, my job pays so well!”

To quote Alexander, “I have zero sympathy for this argument. I don’t care how well you job pays; if it makes you unhappy, it’s not worth it. 

In fact, if you’re in this boat of excuses then you’re at the best place to leave your job. Take advantage of your financial security and break free to find a position which will make you happy.

5. The Worried Excuse

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

This is a completely rational thought to have. The price of giving up the security of a stable job can be overwhelming and terrifying.

However, many of us forget to ask ourselves an even more important question, “What is the price of staying in a job that makes you unhappy?”

That price can be just as terrifying. Unhappiness at work can be detrimental to your family life, self-esteem, sanity, and your health. It may not seem like it, but as the downward spiral continues, working a job that you hate can actually kill you.

These are just 5 of 10 bad excuses that Alexander has picked up on through his work. It’s easy to make them, and it’s even harder to face that fact that quitting your job may be the best option. If you are on the fence, let Alexander help you find out if you can still work with what you have—take his simple quiz and see if it’s time to quit your job.

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Inspired by Alexander Kjerulf’s article Top 10 Bad Excuses for Staying in a Bad Job


Philip Trampe
11 Sep 2014

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