When you’re new to a job, it can be easy to let your enthusiasm get the best of you. Just when you think you’ve made your first impression, something small and insignificant can end your tenure in an instant. That’s what happens when you’re new to a job; there are so many things that have yet to be discovered and explored.
Sometimes, those little silly indiscretions that seem harmless can end up biting us in the ass later down the line. It might not seem like a big deal at the time, but trust me – it is. So before you plunge headfirst into anything at work, keep these signs of quiet quitting in mind and take caution accordingly.
Quitting Isn’t a Failure
Did you quit your job because you failed at your new position? Or is there another reason that you’re no longer working there? Either way, if you quit without explaining yourself, you’ve created a poor perception of yourself as a worker.
Consumers make purchasing decisions based on how businesses present themselves, and if you’re quiet about your departure, it sends the message that you aren’t confident in your abilities.
As a result, you could end up burning bridges that might have been worth saving. This can all be avoided by explaining your situation in an appropriate manner.
Be truthful about what happened, what you did wrong, and why you’re no longer working there. Don’t worry about this stuff too much – at the end of the day, you’re the one who has to live with the result.
You’re Probably Not Alone
Every job has its highs and lows, even high-profile ones. What few people know is that there are an estimated 90% of employees who want to stay with their company. The issue is that 9 out of 10 employees don’t feel like they have a voice at work. This can lead to a quiet quitting, where an employee quits their job without saying anything, but instead just quietly walks (mentally) away from their job. This usually happens when people feel like they aren’t being heard, or they don’t feel like they have any support at work.
If you’ve been quiet about your situation at work, then you’re probably not the only one. Unfortunately, nine out of ten employees say that they don’t feel like they have a voice at work.
It Takes Time to Build New Habits
Quitting is never easy. It’s a decision that is often made under duress. However, it’s important to remember that quitting isn’t something you should do lightly. The first few times you quit, it will be the most challenging part of your job-swapping process. Your excitement to take on new opportunities will be the only thing pushing you forward. While this is a good thing, it could also cause you to set yourself up for failure. As you begin to build a new habit, the initial hurdles become less daunting. With time, quitting will become easier, and you’ll stop feeling panic when the unexpected arises.
Don’t Quit Without a Plan
At the end of the day, quitting is a big decision. It’s important to remember that it isn’t something to be taken lightly. On one hand, quitting is a really effective way to make a change. You can’t really put a finger on why you’re not enjoying your job until you try something else. After all, you might like your work much better than you thought.
There’s no shame in making a change if you don’t enjoy your job. But if you’re quitting without a plan, you’re at risk of ending up back in the same rut that you were in before you began the change.
Simply put, quitting without a plan isn’t really quitting. You’re just walking away from your job until something better comes along. This isn’t a permanent solution to your problem, it’s a band-aid that covers up the problem for a little longer.
The Ugly Truth About Attitude and Results
It’s easy to assume that quitting is related to attitude, but it’s not. Attitude is about how you feel about something, not about what something is. When you quit, you’re telling the world that you don’t think your job is worth it. But let’s be real, your job is probably not amazing in every way. There are probably some things you could be doing better and some areas that you don’t love.
All of this is normal and totally fine. Luckily, quitting is really just an extreme example of taking a step back and evaluating your situation. If you’ve been quiet about your situation, then you’ve probably been feeling a bit discouraged. You’re not doing anything wrong, and quitting just because you don’t feel great about your work is dumb.
Things will not always be perfect and smooth sailing in the work environment. Sometimes, you’re going to run into issues with your job, your co-workers, and your boss. It’s normal to feel frustrated, overwhelmed, and even disheartened by something like this.
If you’ve been quiet about your situation, then you’ve probably been feeling a bit discouraged. You’re not doing anything wrong, and quitting just because you don’t feel great about your work is dumb. It can be tricky to navigate a new workplace, and sometimes, you might feel like you’re just not making headway.
If this is the case, it could be a sign that you should quit your job quietly without being too hard on yourself.
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Senior Director, Consumer Media Group at Confluent Health – Growth marketing focus on brand awareness, interest and new patient acquisition to our 44+ partner brands and 530+ locations across the US. Accountable for driving yearly business results supported by our consumer strategy and direct-to-consumer roadmaps. The Media team is responsible for owned and paid media as it relates to performance marketing, campaign management, partnerships, website development & support, search engine optimization, relationship marketing, Yext (Google My Business) support, recruiting, email marketing and supporting our partners at the local level.
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