Don't Quit Your Job If the Reason Is Any of These

Giving notice can be thrilling. But make sure it's not a move you'll regret.

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At any one time more than half of workers are looking to leave their jobs, according to the Gallup poll's most recent State of the American Workplace report. Maybe you're in that group.

Giving your two weeks' notice can feel thrilling and refreshing! But when you decide it's time to go, make sure your reasons for exiting are the right ones.

Quitting has real consequences for your bank account and your career. So don't leave for any of these terrible reasons.

You're offered more money elsewhere

That higher paycheck may have hidden costs
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That higher paycheck may have hidden costs

Be careful, because a job that pays more may, in fact, cost you more. Before you give your notice, do the math.

How do the benefits compare? How much time and fuel will the new commute take? Will you be working different hours, meaning you'll need to pay more for child care or spend less quality time with your family? Will you be leaving a secure job for a riskier one?

Once you've answered all of these questions, you may conclude that the higher salary may not be worth it.

You're terrible at your job

Asking for help or self-study can help improve your skills
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Asking for help or self-study can help improve your skills

If you’re struggling with difficult tasks at work, quitting may not be the answer. Instead of giving up, get help.

Speak with your supervisor and clearly explain which aspects of the job are tough for you or are outside of your training and experience. Your boss should be able to guide you toward fixing the problems.

Take the initiative to learn more about your job on your own time, maybe through self-study or industry events. This will bolster your self-confidence and help you earn a good reputation with management.