by MSTY Staff Writers
Are you weighing the pros and cons of quitting your job? What is with the Great Resignation we've all been hearing so much about this year?
In the People Are People Podcast: Life Lessons Learned with Lexi Mahari, the podcast host outlines a desire to leave her job.
As someone who has been working since the age of 14 in one capacity or another, she confesses to being burnt out by the demands of her current job and the industry she works in as a whole. She is ready to join the Great Resignation that is underway so that she can start doing those things that she has been wanting to do for a very long time including starting her own business. Her story is not unique.
Why Are People Quitting Their Jobs?
So why are people quitting their jobs? Experts suggest that the trauma of the pandemic has driven many people of multiple generations to weigh the value of their careers and contemplate the meaning of life --which for many includes assessing if they are truly doing the work their heart desires.
Five reasons people are quitting their jobs include:
- Mental Wellness
- Opportunities for Growth
- Seeking Improved Wages
- Personal Happiness
- Prioritization of Family
Prioritization of Family
The pandemic undoubtedly challenged us all to re-evaluate the importance of family. Many parents, particularly mothers left their careers to spend time at home to help their children with school. The ability to juggle both was just too much and as a result, those who were financially able to do so, left their careers to focus on family.
For others, the decision to leave their careers to be with their families made the most sense for this stage of their lives. 2020 and 2021 forced several of us to spend time alone with our thoughts and to reconsider what mattered the most.
Preparing for Leaving Your Job
If you are considering leaving your current place of employment the best thing that you can do is to ensure you have a plan. Experts agree that if you are merely seeking to secure a job elsewhere that you not quit your job before you have secured employment.
Next, if you are planning to leave the workplace for some time or if you cannot wait until you secure a new position elsewhere, check your finances before taking the leap. Get a clear sense of what your expenses are. Start making cuts in your spending where possible and as the old addage goes, evaluate whether you have six to twelve months of living expenses saved and easily accessible.
You might consider stocking the pantry with non-perishable foods, stocking up on cleaning products, toilet paper and toiletries. Consider this your survival inventory. If you have the space, you will want to stock up like you are planning for an apocolypse. Your goal in doing so will be to keep your monthly grocery bill as low as possible over the next several months. Cutting your income in half or down to nothing will effect your lifestyle.
Finally, ask yourself the following, "What will I do for medical, dental, life, and vision insurance?" Will you get on your spouse's insurance plan(s) or will you purchase it in the market place? Will you pay monthly or will you purchase your insurance up front? If you have a spouse's or partner's plan to fall back on, this question is probably relatively easy to solve for at this time. However, if you are the sole bread-winner in your family, you have some work to do before you turn in that resignation letter.
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