Fall into the latter camp? You’re not alone, friend. According to UK research, today (Jan 31) is the most popular day to throw in the towel.
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“The new year is traditionally a time of reflection and setting goals or intentions,” psychologist Tina Papadakos told The Sydney Morning Herald.
“Work is such a big part of our lives that the start of a new year is a time when people really look to reassess their roles. It’s also a time when the job market is picking up and, if someone’s had a period of being unhappy at work and time to reflect over the holidays, it might be the time they decide to do something new.”
According to Papadakos, the most common reasons for quitting include:
- a clash with managers
- a lack of values alignment with the organisation
- a lack of job satisfaction
- a feeling that they have no more to learn
- a feeling of boredom in their role
- seeking better work-life balance
- wanting to find "a sense of purpose"
But before you lock in a quiet convo with your manager (and make use of all that sick leave) hold tight a tic. It’s worth assessing if what your feeling is *actually* unhappiness or just a spur-of-the-moment decision.
“It’s pretty normal to have a sense of dread when we’re getting back into our regular routine,” said Papadakos. “Usually when we’re on holidays we’re having fun, we’re relaxing, we’re doing something different to the norm and it does feel sad to come to the end of that holiday period; that’s normal.”
“When we’re okay with our work we might still have that sense of dread, but it dissipates pretty quickly, even within a day or so. If you feel a sense of persistent dread, then it’s probably time to take stock and recognise that it’s just not working for you.”
Whatever the cause of your workplace malaise, quitting should always be the last resort.
“I would probably suggest they do whatever they can to transition into alternative employment rather than move into unemployment,” Papadakos concluded.