Signs it’s Time to Turn in Your Two-Week Notice
Not every job is a career – some are stepping stones to bigger and better things; others are simply a way to earn money. Shiftwork, in particular, isn’t usually meant to last forever. But how do you know when it’s time to say adios? One way is by gauging how you feel about the work – if you’d rather get clocked by a three-hundred-pound boxer instead of clock in, it’s probably time to wrap things up.
Still, you don’t have to hate your job to be done with it. Other signs that you may need to turn in your two-weeks notice include:
You haven’t been to work for a month
Asking a coworker to cover your shirt every now and then is one thing; asking a coworker to essentially take over your position is another. If you go to work so infrequently that everyone assumes you’re a customer, you should hand in your ID.
There’s nothing you like
Even when people dislike their jobs, they can often find something they enjoy: the don’t like the work, but they like the people they work with. Or they don’t like their boss, but they love the location. Some kind of perk is usually enough to keep the average employee hanging around. If your job doesn’t offer something – anything – that makes you happy, kick it to the curb.
You’re ready for a change
Maybe your job is perfectly tolerable, but you want something new. Perhaps you’ve discovered a passion or heard from your cousin that his friend’s bar pays double what you’re making. Perhaps you’ve worked in the same place for a long time and feel as though you’re settling. The only way to know if a change is good is to make it.
You can’t survive on your paycheck
No one works for the heck of it (okay, somewhere someone probably does, but not many people do). If your job offers pay that’s so meager you struggle to make ends meet, turn in your two-weeks. There’s little point to having a job if that job doesn’t provide enough for your life outside of the office.
You’re trying to get fired on purpose
If you’re trying to get axed intentionally – you’re always showing up late or arguing with customers – it’s time to quit. Sure, you might want to get fired so that you can collect unemployment (or even severance), but it comes at a high cost to your reputation. You never know when a disgruntled boss will come back and bite you in the butt – don’t sharpen their teeth by giving them ammo.
Not all jobs are meant to last forever: most of them aren’t. If any of the above applies to you, consider trading in your apron or your name tag for something more fitting. And go work somewhere with an attendance policy that allows you to balance your passions with your paycheck.
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