To Quit or not to Quit

AS THE YEAR COMES TO  A CLOSE, YOU MIGHT BE THINKING OF STARTING A NEW CHAPTER IN YOUR CAREER LIFE. SO, SHOULD YOU QUIT?

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There are things to consider before you tender your resignation letter and call it quits. These ideas might be worth pondering before make your call.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

Career life has its own phases and stages. It’s more than just about making money. As a matter of fact, it’s closely linked to our personal needs as human being. As such, you might want to take another look at Abraham  Maslow’s hierarchy od needs.

First-time employees/workers normally do their daily grind to fulfill the basic needs, such as food rest, clothes, security and safety. If you have worked for more than five years and you don’t earn enough to get these needs checked, finding a new job and quitting might be good for you.

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But if you have worked for more than five years, you would naturally yearn a sense of accomplishment, teamwork and friendship (not in any specific order). If that workplace doesn’t provide you with any of these, find out the reason why. If there’s no way to change the work system for the better, then you need to act before lack of self-appreciation consumes you.

For those who have worked long enough to reach a high-level position, it’s usually no longer about money, workload or teamwork. It often falls into the one thing that people hardly talk about: Respect. No matter how much money you earn, lack of respect makes the job feel meaningless. And your respect toward your superior can only exist if he or she also respects you. Respect is to be earned, indeed but it doesn’t live on a one-way street.

THE CULTURE

Older generations tend to stick to their professions for a longer deal of time. The Japanese, especially, would try their best to hold down their first job for as long as possible. While this might not apply to Indonesians, ending any tenure cordially is a must. The local culture tells that bad words to travel fast and remain for a long time. So if you’re thinking of quitting, predict how your acquaintances would react. Will they stand by your side or leave you on the side of the road? ‘Cause the last thing you want is to burn the bridges to your future career.

Originally published in 3S Newsletter, Sept-Dec 2017 edition.