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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:

  1. Mental Wellness
  2. Opportunities for Growth
  3. Seeking Improved Wages
  4. Personal Happiness
  5. Prioritization of Family

Mental Wellness
Let's face it; without our mental wellness, we cannot thrive, we cannot functionally be there to support our families and we cannot take care of ourselves. Many people are exiting stage left because the stress levels associated with their job is just off the chain. While many of us can endure high levels of stress for a period, we cannot sustain these levels forever. 

As time passes, it can wear on our mental and physical wellness. It can disrupt our sleep, affect the way we eat, trigger feelings of depression and generate a sense of overwhelm.

Opportunities for Growth
Some people are leaving their jobs in search of growth. It is very easy to grow comfortable in your career or accept the limitations because one is afraid to take the next step. The pandemic undoubtedly has led many people to reconsider their acceptance of where they are at this time in their lives. Continuing to tolerate the "status quo" of their workplace is no longer a path that many wish to remain on at this time.

Seeking Improved Wages
For several years, organizations have continued to ask their employees to do more for the same or a lesser amount of money. It seems as though employers have taken their employees for granted, often reinforcing an old school of thought that "they should just be happy to have a job." Ironically, some employers are learning that "they should be happy to keep talented workers on staff." People are scanning the online job boards and jumping ship for better opportunities with higher pay, greater flexibility and fewer responsibilities. 

Personal Happiness
Happiness may not pay the bills but the way we feel is just as important as the job we do. In fact, our inability to be happy with what it is we are doing for 8 to 10 hours a day can often translate into poor productivity. No matter how great the pay might be, most people would probably agree that their happiness is priceless. 

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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