Should I stay or should I go?
January 12, 2010 12:22 PM Subscribe
Which is worse -- the stress of being unemployed and not eligible for employment insurance and burning through your savings, or being stuck in a job you hate?
posted by anonymous to work & money (32 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I've never been more tempted to just get up and quit my job. It's not completely horrible -- I'm sure some out of work developers would give their right arm for my job. But there are so many little things wrong with it -- the fact I've been here too long and just need out, my increasing crappy attitude, the disastrous management, my 20% pay cut (so the company can actually make their payroll, implemented over a year ago!), the fact that the company is broke as hell and my job has been hanging on a thread for 18 months now, the boring repetitious work, and the fact I'm just plain burnt out. It's all leaving me a huge pile of frazzled nerves who is perpetually on the verge of an anxiety attack (which are not things I'm typically prone to), and I think it's even affecting my health. I'm looking out the window and seriously contemplating just leaving and never coming back, day after day.
But I'm too darn responsible for that. I only have myself and my pets to support, and I even have a quasi-sizable cushion of cash (almost 6 months salary) I've stashed away for a downpayment on a house I was hoping to buy in the near future. I'd rather not use that, but maybe I should... for my mental well being. Still, I can't convince myself to just up and quit. The responsible thing to do is to not leave until I have another job (or even an idea) lined up. I've been looking, but there hasn't been as much effort into the hunt as I should be putting -- it's really hard to go home after a long day and crank out cover letters.
I've been unemployed before, but it wasn't by choice, which I think might change how my brain deals with the situation if i were to quit. I'm not convinced I'll be able to find another job quickly. I might be able to pick up some freelance work, but nothing's guaranteed obviously. I'm one of those people who has always done the "right" thing in the past, and I know what that "right" thing is right now (to wait), but dang... i'm going crazy here. But the idea of just up and quitting, and all it entails (no EI benefits, no health benefits [in Canada, but would have to pay my own prescriptions and dental bills]) scares the crap out of me as well.
What would you do? Have you ever quit a job without another lined up? How bad was it? Is it worse than being in a soul crushing situation?
Anonymous because obviously being linked to my employer would be a very bad thing right now.