You likely read this headline and instantly thought, “Quit my job? Are you mad? I’m lucky to have a job these days!”
I’m not suggesting that the happily employed shouldn’t be thankful. It’s good to have a steady income, 401(k), health insurance, and access to a pot of coffee you didn’t brew yourself. Your job might be awesome, and if so, I’m happy for you.
But some people reading this article do not think their jobs are awesome. And most of you have probably, at some point, had a job that was lame.
You might be familiar with that creeping sense of realization that something has gone wrong, and it eventually culminates in spending much of your workday battling an internal dialogue that keeps chanting, “I have got to get out of here. Seriously. I have to just get up and walk out.”
There are plenty of reasons people don’t like or are not a good fit for their jobs, and many of those reasons are the fault of the employee—not the employer. People take jobs they don’t want, aren’t qualified for, or don’t feel passionate about. It happens. We need paychecks.