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The Three Worst Reasons to Break Up With the Company or Boss

When you first started, it was all so exciting: a new company, office, colleagues, and most importantly, new projects. And for over a year, you could not wait to get to work every day. But after you settled in; it just did not turn out the way you expected. Now it is all so mundane and you are bored! And it feels like the love affair is over.

Are you thinking about leaving the company?

Before jumping ship, there are a few things that you should consider first, Keystone Associates Senior Vice President Jayne Mattson, a Boston-based career management and transition services consulting firm, told CBS News.

“Evaluate what is missing in your current role,” Mattson told CBS News. “Is it the boss, the role, assignments or overall culture?”

Like a bad relationship, leaving a great company where you have some security is so hard to do. The question is: are you actually considering ending it with the company or your boss? The following will help you distinguish between the two. And as a bonus, learn the three worst reasons to ultimately decide to break up.

You, Me or It

According to the Washington Post, there is an old workplace proverb that says “people don’t leave companies, they leave managers”. Greg Savage, a Huffington Post contributor and a global recruitment industry leader, says that people never really have an issue with the actual company.

“A ‘company’ is just a legal entity. A ‘business’ is a collection of desks and computers,” says Savage. “No one resigns because of that.”

It is the choices, the goals, the work environment, the backing, and the course charted by management that employees follow, Savage added. In other words, your beef is probably with the leadership or the way the company is being run by those in charge. But Jena McGregor, a Washington Post reporter who covers workplace and leadership issues, says while some employees do make a calculated decision to end it with their managers, others actually do split up with their companies. Why is it important to know whom you are ending it with?

Well, if you do decide to quit, like most employees, you will have go through that tedious and somewhat pointless exit interview process. And you should be prepared to honestly answer a very difficult question: Why?

The Big Break Up

There are lots of different reasons why you might be considering breaking up with your company or boss. And you are not alone. Lured by other companies, more money or the possibility of obtaining a better opportunity, more workers are considering quitting their jobs. According to a recent Exit Survey, conducted by LinkedIn, over 85 percent of the workforce is “either actively looking for a job or open to talking to recruiters about relevant opportunities; even the ones who are ‘satisfied’ with their jobs,” which is up from 80 percent in 2012.

In LinkedIn’s Exit Survey, one of the main reasons that over 7,300 members, from the United States, Australia, Canada, India, and the UK, gave for leaving their places of work was “because they wanted greater opportunities for advancement”. According to Forbes, that is usually a nicer way of saying, “I hate my boss,” “I don’t feel valued,” “I’m in a dead-end job,” or, “You people are too cheap to pay me what I deserve.” The survey also found three times as many workers said the motive behind leaving was the “lack of advancement opportunities” over “poor relationship with supervisor”. The following are the three worst reasons to break up:

Bad Boss

No one wants to or should have to deal with an incompetent, pushy, micromanaging manager. However, if that is the only reason you want to leave, maybe you should reconsider. Perhaps, he will get fired for being a bad boss. Then you will have left a perfectly good job for nothing.

Instead of breaking up with your boss, CBS News says to try asking the HR manager if you could move to a different department or team, which is preferable to most companies because it saves the extra expense of hiring a new employee.

More Money

If you are having a difficult time making ends meet with your current salary, looking for a new job can be your best option. But if it is because you are not happy, a new job may not solve that problem. For example, more money on a new job may come with a few strings attached such as longer hours, a worst boss and added stress, says CBS News. Maybe, you should try asking for a raise before deciding to quit.


They have pissed you off for the last time. And you are not going to take it anymore. As a matter of fact, you are ready to march into your boss’ office and quit right now. Stop! You should never quit a job out of anger because the next day you will probably regret it.

"Unless you have enough savings for at least six months...stay put and try to get at the heart as to why you are so unhappy," Mattson told CBS News.

In other words, you may discover somewhere along the way that your interests, ideas, values, and feelings about your boss or company has changed. And there is nothing wrong with that. But leaving a job without taking a moment or two to examine why, especially in this economy, can become the same issue at a new job.



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