In 2012, I quit my job.
My friends and colleagues thought I was crazy. I had worked there for 20 years. I was making a great salary and I was on-track to be an executive at this Fortune 500 company. However, the stress of the job was taking a toll on me physically and mentally. I spent 2 weeks out of each month traveling and there was constant pressure to cut costs and do more with less. It was also a cut-throat environment. Getting stabbed in the back was a common occurrence.
There was no such thing as Work/Life balance. My boss even told me that sacrificing family time was the price I had to pay for success. It took some time, but I came to realize that the price was too high. The final straw came when my youngest son expressed sadness because I was gone so much. I knew that I had to make a change for my family’s sake.
Two years later, I’m happy that I quit my job. The only regret that I have is that I didn’t do it sooner. Each day, thousands of people quit their jobs for a variety of reasons. Surprisingly, money is not the main reason.
In June, BambooHR surveyed over 1,000 U.S. based individuals to discover why people quit their jobs. The results of the study are outlined in the infographic below.
Have you ever quit your job? If so, tell us why in the comments section.
photo by Sascha Kohlmann