There are several reasons to stay at a job you hate. Of course, going to a job that you dislike day after day can be grueling. Rather than turn in your pink slip and pack up your desk, you need to consider whether this is the best move for your family and your finances. Here are seven reasons to stay at a job even if you hate it.
1. It’s a Tough Job Market
A tough job market is one of the main reasons to stay at a job you hate. Currently, the unemployment rate is around 6.7%. On average, it takes an unemployed person about seven months to find a new job. Even if you hate your job, you should be thankful that you're working and able to pay your bills. You might be qualified for another position, but the competition will be tough.
2. You Need to Work
As much as you would like to walk away from your job today, the fact that you have financial obligation is one reason to stay at a job you hate. Leaving your employer abruptly might lift a burden off your shoulder, but it’ll also create problems in the long run, especially if your family relies on your income.
3. You Need to Earn a Certain Amount of Money
If you work in a specialized area, it might not be easy to find another job in your field. Although it's not entirely impossible, it could take months or you might have to relocate. And if you earn a sizable salary at your current job, looking for work in another field might involve a salary cut. This isn’t a huge issue if you can live on less. But if you need to earn a certain amount, you need to stick with your job until something better comes along.
4. It’s a Stepping Stone to Something Better
With some occupations, you have to pay your dues before graduating to better opportunities. Unfortunately, you might hate an entry-level position with the company. If however, you stick it out and prove that you're a top performer, you can gradually climb the corporate ladder and enter a position you enjoy.
5. The Perks Outweigh the Daily Headaches
Even if you hate your job, your job might come with a few fantastic perks. For example, your employer may pay 100% of your health coverage, or offer several weeks of paid vacation a year. In addition, you might have the opportunity to telecommute a few days a week, and enjoy other benefits such as company trips.
6. You Don't Have Any Other Skills
Before leaving your job, consider other areas you're qualified to work in. The truth is, if you only have one skill, moving to a different company may not provide the satisfaction you're looking for, especially if you're doing the same job. If you want to escape daily headaches, you might need to prepare for the transition and learn a new skill before making a move.
7. It’s the Responsible Thing to do
At the end of the day, you have to realize that many people do not like their job. Of course, you shouldn't stay at a job just because it pays well, especially if you're miserable and unhappy on a daily basis. Do not however, make an impulsive decision and walk out on your employer. This can complicate your finances and your former employer may not provide a good reference.
If you're fortunate enough to love your job, be extremely grateful for what you have. And if you hate your job, be proactive and make moves to secure a job that you'll enjoy.
What are some other reasons to stay at a job that you hate?