Wednesday, March 11, 2020
9 Reasons You Should Stay At Your Current Job Even If You Hate It
9 Reasons You Should Stay At Your Current Job Even If You Hate It So, the boss is unpredictable and you dont have a friend among your co-workers. Or maybe youre fed up with the late nights or youre just bored to tears. Lets face it, you hate your job. But is that a good enough reason to quit? Consider the following before your write that killer resignation letter1. MoneyUnless were really lucky, we dont work for love we work for cold, hard cash. If youre pulling in a good salary, will you be able to replicate it at another, mora exciting job? Think about some of the lifestyle goodies your income currently provides for. Maybe your great salary buys a ski vacation for the family each winter, or regularly weekly shopping trips to upscale supermarkets. Are you ready to downgrade someof the good stuff for more happiness at work? These are hard questions, to be aya, but worth thinking carefully about before making a move.2. Health BenefitsIts worth reviewing your company benefits so that you can make a truly informed decision before accepting a new offer. Many corporations are handing over more and more health insurance premiums to their employees. So if your current firm is totenstill paying the lions share of your insurance costs, thats not just a benefit its extra income. If the job youre eyeing makes you pay more for your familys health coverage than youre paying now, that could be considered a loss of income that might not make a new job worthwhile.Similarly, does your current job have a wellness program? You may have gym membership discounts, free health coaching, and incentives that lower your insurance premiums. Make sure your new company offers something comparable.3. Savings Plans and PensionsPensions are almost as scarce as unicorns today, but if your current company has a pension plan, model how youre doing with it. Check out what your pension would be if you left your job now. What impact will leaving the company right now have on your future income? If you only have a few years left until retirement, it may actually be better to stay out your term for the full benefit.Check out your 401K plan, as well. If your current company offers a match and the new one doesnt, thats more lost money. Also, does the new 401K have an investment option? You may want to check out what securities the new company invests in and even the performance of those funds. Make sure youll be getting a better deal at your new place.4. Time OffAnd while were at it, hows the sick time policy at the place youre eyeing? Does it match the liberal sick policy you have now? Ditto for vacation time. Which job has more? If youve accumulated a hefty bank of vacation days, find out what will happen to them. Some companies will pay you for those days in your final paycheck and some will make you forfeit them. If your new job starts you out with a mere two weeks of vacation and you currently have four, thats an important consideration for you and your family.5. Commutin gWith Americas commute time becoming lengthier every year that passes, make sure you know how long your new commute will be and how it compares with your current drive time. If youre 15 minutes door to door, consider how that 45 minute commute (1.5 hours a day) is going to impact your personal time. And add the additional gasoline and tolls that the change of jobs may bring with it.6. WardrobeThoreau warned us to beware of enterprises that require new clothes. Whats the dress code at your new job? Are you going to have to step it up in the wardrobe department? Do you love wearing sneakers and flip-flops and the new job requires heels and pearls? As a man, will you need a new suit, some ties, and conservative shoes? These considerations may cost you, or youll discover you prefer your current jobs casual ways.7. PerksEven though you wouldnt choose your pod-mates for friends, you may still want to consider the additional perks your job may be offering. Do you like the grounds your comp any is situated on and enjoy nature-inspired lunchtime strolls? What about the cafeteria does it offer some great meals or late-afternoon froyo? Will you miss any soft benefits youve come to enjoy in your current job?8. Location, Location, LocationDo you work close to your favorite markets, your bank, and your dentist? Maybe your elderly parents live nearby and checking in on them is easier when you are 9-5ing close by. Also, if the daycare you use is in the vicinity, what will it be like to move your child to a new place and what will it cost? All of these are factors that may end up on the con side of the column.9. PerspectiveYou might still want that shiny, new job, and it very well may be worth it to get outta dodge. Only you can decide. But make sure you hold onto your perspective you may find that jumping ship is far better than staying with a toxic company culture that doesnt value you. But if you put it into context, you may see that the job you hate so much may just be th e best gig in town. For now.--Donna is a freelance writer with a particular interest in the issues, struggles, loves, and dreams of women. She writes all about it on her blog,alovelyinconsequence.blogspot.com.