You know that feeling when you have to drag yourself out of bed every morning to get to work? You no longer look forward to the meetings with clients and colleagues and writing up contracts--it all feels like a series of chores now.
Even worse, your source of unhappiness comes from feeling enslaved to a job you no longer like, no matter how big your salary. Your boss disrespects you, your coworkers are toxic, and you come home emotionally-drained with nothing to give to you family.
Does any of that resonate?
According to The Conference Board Job Satisfaction survey conducted last year, 50 percent of US workers feel unsatisfied with their jobs. OK, lets mot mince words here--plenty of people on that survey hate their jobs.
Yet the reality remains: People may hate their jobs but they still choose to stay in them, for whatever reasons, some for years.
If you feel stuck and work has demoralized you to the point of helplessness, I found a fantastic and refreshing resource that may quite possibly solve all your workplace woes.
Celebrate "International Quit Your Crappy Job Day"
No, I'm not pulling your leg. Denmark-based Woohoo inc., an international training company who are leading experts on happiness at work, started an annual movement that aims to reverse job dissatisfaction.
They declared March 31st (that's today!) to be International Quit Your Crappy Job Day, with a website chalk full of resources, ideas, and articles to support you on your possible exit strategy. After visiting the official day's website, it may just happen.
Knowing that quitting your job may be a major decision and not one you should take lightly, they have designed a simple 10-question test to clue you in to whether it's time to quit.
If you think it's time to move on, the folks at Woohoo inc also recognize that quitting takes preparation; the transition can be scary. That's why they offer the Top 10 Things You Should Know About Quitting, including:
- Tips on finding your quitting point.
How hating your job can ruin your health.
The top five myths about quitting.
What makes us unhappy at work.
How to prepare for quitting.
Tips on how to find a job you'll love.
How to cut through the corporate b.s. in a job interview and learn whether it's really a good workplace for you.
The website even offers positive stories from people who found the courage to quit bad jobs. Here's Kim's story:
I was pushed to the limit at work today with the final act occurring when I was berated by my boss in front of the whole office. I've disliked my job for a while but was using most of your excuses; i.e. I'm not a quitter, things might get better, health care, it may look bad, etc. I actually googled "resignation letter" and was prompted to your page. I will be submitting my resignation letter tomorrow but felt I was letting down myself, family, the people who work for me, etc. After going through your website I do feel better about proceeding. I have worked for great companies and great bosses so I know what it SHOULD be like and this is not it. Thank you for reinforcing what I already knew which is that I deserve better.
When asked for a follow-up report by Woohoo founder Alexander Kjerulf, who also wrote the best-selling Happy Hour is 9 to 5, she responded with this:
Thank you Alexander, I did resign today and I feel so relieved. It couldn't have gone better and I was asked how they can improve the culture based on my leaving as they recognize there is an issue.
Woohoo inc is on a mission to transform the lives of workers everywhere affected by their jobs, and they are dead serious about etching today's date into our collective consciousness for years to come.
As their website unequivocally states, "quitting is an option and often it's the best option. That's why we're declaring March 31 to be International Quit Your Crappy Job Day."