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Selfish to quit good job in a recession..?

 
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07/06/2012 04:06 AM
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Selfish to quit good job in a recession..?
My job feels like it is killing me. They work me so many hours. They don't hire enough people. Cheaper to pay overtime than to pay insurance, etc for another warm body. Can't take it much longer. Averaging 52 hours EVERY WEEK. That's a full 40 hour week PLUS an addition 12 hour shift every single week of the year. Yes, it is nice to get money but who cares if you drop dead or have no life. I realize some people may work more than 52 hours per week. Some by choice, some by no choice. Problem is I only want to work 40 hours but cannot.

Selfish to quit a good job during these tough times? I can afford to be without a job for a while. Just feel guilty for considering it due to how many people are out of work. But I feel like I am going to die early if they keep doing this to me.
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07/06/2012 04:09 AM
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Re: Selfish to quit good job in a recession..?
Personally I don't think its selfish. I left my job of 11 years in this recession and have never regretted it. It was killing me too. I only worked 40 hours but the company expectations were so high there were people being fired weekly. They set the bar so high it was nearly impossible to meet. It caused me so much stress to have to be so "fake" every day and have no room for error. I left and never looked back. I make WAY less money now but I am so happy. Proves to me that money only complicates things because I made a lot and had a lot to pay for. I'm feel much more free now.
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07/06/2012 04:10 AM
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Good luck OP, whatever you decide to do.
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07/06/2012 04:12 AM
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Re: Selfish to quit good job in a recession..?
My job feels like it is killing me. They work me so many hours. They don't hire enough people. Cheaper to pay overtime than to pay insurance, etc for another warm body. Can't take it much longer. Averaging 52 hours EVERY WEEK. That's a full 40 hour week PLUS an addition 12 hour shift every single week of the year. Yes, it is nice to get money but who cares if you drop dead or have no life. I realize some people may work more than 52 hours per week. Some by choice, some by no choice. Problem is I only want to work 40 hours but cannot.

Selfish to quit a good job during these tough times? I can afford to be without a job for a while. Just feel guilty for considering it due to how many people are out of work. But I feel like I am going to die early if they keep doing this to me.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1212477


I understand but honestly, I'd try and keep that job as long as you can.

If you leave now and live off savings, you might have a *really* hard time finding work when you need it.

Hang in there, you can do this!!!
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07/06/2012 04:21 AM
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I wish that every American would quit their jobs.


I cant think of another peaceful way to get these fucking bankers out of Washington, until we all strike.
I dont mean everything I say to be literal. I just like to throw around ideas, and play devil's advocate.

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.

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07/06/2012 04:52 AM
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Re: Selfish to quit good job in a recession..?
If you decide to, get another job before you quit. It's almost impossible to find a job right now if you don't have one already or at least in the last few months. That's the main problem in this whole thing, most companies won't higher someone with a recent work history, so the longer you can't find a job the harder it becomes to get one.
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07/06/2012 04:53 AM
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Re: Selfish to quit good job in a recession..?
If you decide to, get another job before you quit. It's almost impossible to find a job right now if you don't have one already or at least in the last few months. That's the main problem in this whole thing, most companies won't higher someone with a recent work history, so the longer you can't find a job the harder it becomes to get one.
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Without a recent work history*
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07/06/2012 04:56 AM
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Re: Selfish to quit good job in a recession..?
Keep working. Chances are something will happen and they will either cut back hours or lay off employees eventually. If you get laid off, you can at least be drawing half-time and it won't be against you when finding a new job. Best of luck to you, times are hard for a lot of people.
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07/06/2012 04:57 AM
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Re: Selfish to quit good job in a recession..?
you cant be selfish if you are doing something someone else is telling you to do.
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07/06/2012 05:03 AM

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Re: Selfish to quit good job in a recession..?
My job feels like it is killing me. They work me so many hours. They don't hire enough people. Cheaper to pay overtime than to pay insurance, etc for another warm body. Can't take it much longer. Averaging 52 hours EVERY WEEK. That's a full 40 hour week PLUS an addition 12 hour shift every single week of the year. Yes, it is nice to get money but who cares if you drop dead or have no life. I realize some people may work more than 52 hours per week. Some by choice, some by no choice. Problem is I only want to work 40 hours but cannot.

Selfish to quit a good job during these tough times? I can afford to be without a job for a while. Just feel guilty for considering it due to how many people are out of work. But I feel like I am going to die early if they keep doing this to me.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1212477


I know the feeling. If this job is really crushing your spirits and wrecking your livelihood outside of the job, then you need to do what's best for your personal well-being. Your mental & physical health is more important than being a slave to some job you hate. You wouldn't be the first person to part ways with a job on those grounds and certainly won't be the last.

I have a feeling that the majority of the population is going to be out of work in the not too distant future. Once the economic tsunami hits, people will immediately stop spending money on non-vital commodities and most businesses will be forced to close.

"You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger"
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07/06/2012 05:07 AM
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Re: Selfish to quit good job in a recession..?
It's not selfish at all. You'll be opening up the job to someone else who does need it. It's the opposite of selfish. Good for you, and good for the person who gets your job. Then you get the chance to move on to greener pastures.

I don't understand the guilt, besides you feeling "lucky" to have the job when others don't have one. You're lucky you don't need it right now. You should be proud that you've done well and enjoy the success. It's nothing to feel guilty over. hf
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07/06/2012 06:05 AM
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Son? Son! This is your Mother speaking...If you quit that job, why I'll......

Ah no, seriously, my son feels in the same boat...I'm saying to him it's his life, and the definition of 'good' job has got to include being okay with doing it...
but I do also say to look around a bit for other options, or to set up a business idea online before packing it all in....or to go volunteering in a place that needs help..I don't know. My hubby quit a job he hated a long time ago and we've always been stuck for cash ever since, but we do have a certain other good quality of life. Having said that, money troubles can be something a trial on romance...just saying - there's stress involved there too.. You'll figure it out, bro.
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07/06/2012 06:08 AM
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LOL..in a couple of weeks you'll start another thread whinning and complaining about having no job like a typical Americunt idiot.
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07/06/2012 08:25 AM
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Re: Selfish to quit good job in a recession..?
My job feels like it is killing me. They work me so many hours. They don't hire enough people. Cheaper to pay overtime than to pay insurance, etc for another warm body. Can't take it much longer. Averaging 52 hours EVERY WEEK. That's a full 40 hour week PLUS an addition 12 hour shift every single week of the year. Yes, it is nice to get money but who cares if you drop dead or have no life. I realize some people may work more than 52 hours per week. Some by choice, some by no choice. Problem is I only want to work 40 hours but cannot.

Selfish to quit a good job during these tough times? I can afford to be without a job for a while. Just feel guilty for considering it due to how many people are out of work. But I feel like I am going to die early if they keep doing this to me.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1212477


depends if you are on your own or have a family to support friend...life is just choices and responce ....so do whatever you want and feel is right for you ..especially if you are single with no dependants. But expect potential problems if you have a partner

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