Quitting a job is not an easy decision, especially if you have nothing new lined up. While a lot of people quit toxic managers and toxic workplaces, some others quit just because. We took a dive into the depths of the internet to find out why people quit their jobs. Here’s what we found.
The unstable CEO
NerdCaveTech worked for a startup development company, and the CEO threatened to fold the company on a weekly basis. They add, “I understand startups are volatile but working with people with such uncontrollable emotion is detrimental.”
WtotheSLAM shared that they quit because they were miserable. “I wasn’t sure why I was miserable. Our work wasn’t difficult, I had great management and awesome coworkers, and the pay wasn’t amazing but it was enough that I was coming out ahead every month. And still, every day, I just wanted to break down and cry. Moved 1000 miles away after getting another job and am definitely happier, so I think it was the location that was getting to me.” Sometimes, even if everything is going well on the surface, the smallest things can trigger you to just up and leave.
The family drama
A Reddit user winningstein shared a story about a guy who quit a good construction job because his brother showed up on the job site on a different project. “He did warn us that he’d leave if his brother showed up and we all thought he was bullshitting. Nope, no bullshitting.”
The over-emotional supervisor
Redditor Ok_Bear_3010 shared how their supervisor embarrassed them in front of a few people. They added, “I ended up crying and my coworkers could tell afterwards, and I never cry so it was awkward. I was getting ready for work the next morning and just looked at myself in the mirror and said “nope” and called and told them I quit. During my exit interview, I told them that my supervisor made my decision to quit really easy. I didn’t have a job lined up and it’s the first time I’ve done anything without something secure to fall back on. But I was paid for 3 hours for my exit interview, which was only like 20 minutes, so I met some friends for a hike while getting paid and 5 minutes after I was “officially” unemployed I got a call with a job offer where I work now. Never looked back and have never been happier.”
Chasing the unusual dream
Not every story of someone quitting their job is emotionally charged. Sometimes, people quit their jobs for ridiculously unusual reasons. Like the one by Tom Groves. He shared, “In 2002 I quit my job to become a professional gambler. That was pretty unusual. The timing of it is even more so. A friend of mine was in Tokyo at the time and offered me a ticket to the England v Sweden football World Cup match. I did not have enough vacation time to go. So that seemed like a good point to finish working. So in short, I quit my job so I could go to a football match, and then become a gambler. I look back at that decision now and think that that might have been the single best decision I ever made.”
The childish manager
It is true when they say people quit their managers and not their jobs. And Redditor therealknic21 is the perfect example. They said, “The manager was being petty AF. You know the type that gets recently promoted to a position of authority and then immediately goes on a power trip. Nobody liked the tool. He was tripping over something extremely trivial and so I just quit as the job didn’t pay enough to deal with someone like that.”
The company that thought one man can do everything
TheLightningCount1 shared, ” I quit a job on the first day. I was hired as an IT tech, however, this company did not know what IT techs were. They thought ‘IT does everything’, including making sure their lights were replaced. I had one lady complain about me not changing her lightbulb fast enough because the burned-out one shattered on me and cut my hand open. I dropped the box of fluorescents, shattering literally all of them, and walked out. Told my supervisor he needs to hire actual maintenance cause IT fixes computers.”
SUTATSDOG walked away from a job in management once because “they passed me up for a promotion for a role I was doing anyways due to it being vacant but needing to be done. When they passed me up I started looking. When they asked ME to train the guy who got it who was now my boss… I left.” Making sure the company values an employee is essential if they want to keep the employee instead of taking them for granted and making them feel undervalued. That’s a good reason why people quit their jobs.
xXMissy, who was working in the drive-thru of Mcdonald’s, just had enough of rude and ungrateful customers. They share, “I was tired of customers treating me poorly and calling me uneducated, lazy, etc. when I was studying at a university and working toward my degree. If there was a mistake with their order, you’d get side comments like “This is why you work for Mcdonald’s” and so on. The amount of hate, abuse, and judgement was astronomical.”
The bully at work
ramona1987 shared, “I was in my job for two years and was bullied by my section leader. I remember one occasion when my mum was going away to see family for a couple of weeks and needed me to dogsit. Gave six months’ notice when I asked for a holiday like I was supposed to and he refused it, saying I hadn’t given that much notice. I went to management with it in the end, who let me have the holiday and he was so mad after.
In another instance, I remember asking him to sign some forms so that I could change departments and he refused to let me, even though he’d let loads of other people move department. I went to management so many times and nothing got done because he told them what they wanted to hear, it got to a point where I told my manager that if nothing was going to be done, I would find a new job and leave. Nothing got done and now I’m in a new job that I love.”
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