You hate your boss, you hate your coworkers, you hate your job, and you arguably hate your life. Now I’ll give you something to hate me, too: whatever you do, you should keep that job you really hate – along with the rest of the 70 million American workers that loathe their means of employment.
Because I can’t quite feel the hate emitting from my screen as you read this, I’m even going to go as far as give you evidence proving that there are benefits of staying in a job you absolutely hate.
1. It Might Be Better Than Your Next One
This is just a case of playing the numbers game, as I will show you in a second.
Your next job could potentially be worse than the job you have. So, in all technicality, it’s beneficial to keep it because at least you know what you are dealing with. I hate numbers – I really, absolutely loathe them – but the proof here is in the (badly tasting) numeric pudding: 70% of Americans don’t like their jobs and 20% actually despise them. Numerically speaking, you have more of a chance of being in debt, controlling the smallest portion of the economy, or being circumcised than actually liking your job.
So, it’s very much a case of the “devil you know”; even if you do seek out a different job, it might be just as bad once the novelty wears off with a chance of leaning towards worse than your previous job.
The world sucks. Deal with it.
2. You Can Explore Your Limits
Okay, so this benefit is a much more personal/psychological one.
Holding a job that you do not like to do is probably the biggest challenge you can give yourself. Pushing yourself out of bed every morning, dealing with 8 to 9 hours of annoying coworkers, micromanaging bosses, and a complete lack of potable coffee is almost like putting yourself through the most grueling mental boot camp imaginable.
Are you up for it? Can you handle the mental torment on a daily basis? Can you walk away from your experience with knowledge, not only about your job but about yourself? Beyond that, and to quote almost every single father figure in the history of fathering, adversity builds character.
3. It Makes for a Better Resume
For the unaware, a resume is person’s professional biography, and with the good, so, too, are revealed the bad.
If your professional timeline is chockfull of two-month, six-month, or eight-month stints of employment, it will definitely raise eyebrows with potential employers. Even if you don’t have that many “rage quits” on your resume, you will still be asked about those few ones you do have. You will be inevitably asked “Why did you quit?” and “Because it sucked hairy kiwis” will not be an acceptable answer.
So, stay around for a little bit more, and pad that resume in the hopes that your next job will be a bit better than your previous one. Beyond that, if you leave on less than good terms, cutting a swath of expletives through the office as you headed out the door, your boss (who was a jerk, always according to you) might give you a less than shining recommendation, inhibiting your ability to seek employment elsewhere.
So, keeping your crap job for a little bit longer will definitely make your (admittedly bad-looking) resume look better.
4. It Will Keep You From Developing a Habit
The most worrisome effect is that, if you do it enough times, quitting might become a habit. The first time is always a little awkward and the culmination of multiple factors; the second time might just be because of a coworker that likes My Little Pony a little too much; and the third time could be because your boss told you to leave a memo on his/her desk.
Eventually, you find yourself in a perpetual loop and end up quitting because of the lack of non-dairy creamer in the break room. The first time you quit is just the first step to a life dependent on new workplaces… forever. Just say “yes”.
See Also: Do What You Love ’Til You Hate It
Did you come close to quitting a job you hate but decided against it? What were the reasons you stayed in a job you absolutely hated? Let us know in the comments section below!