How do you know when it's time to leave your job?

by admin on October 11, 2010

I’ve been a nursing assistant since i was 19 and have worked in group homes and hospitals. I’m also a student trying to get into nursing school but haven’t had the best of luck w. it. I’m done w. volunteering, my pre-req classes, everything… I just have to get in. About a yr ago, i had to stop working at a group home bc it was physically draining and since then it was difficult finding another job. I spent a year being unemployed (not fun). 2 months ago, I started working at a sushi bar (for now until i can get a CNA job again). At first, i LOVED it – it was "easygoing" compared to the responsibility of patients, meds, tasks…no lifting heavy patients/residents, etc…but now, i’m not…"with it" anymore.

First and foremost, i understand that you’ll never be completely "happy" or satisfied w. a job – no job is perfect, it will always be hard, always be tired at the end of the day, and there will always be 1 or 2 co-workers you just dont’ like or get along with. Here are my reasons:
– the people I work with are in high school or straight out of high school and sometimes, I find it so "different" interacting and working w. them. There’s still some "drama" and insecurity…which brings me to my next point
– the cook has an issue w. me – this is not a big deal but i find it very unprofessional when her personal feelings towards me will get in the way of work. I don’t know what her deal is with me but when she yells at me in front of her customers for "getting an order wrong", I have no tolerance for that. She’s a 18 yr old girl who thinks she "knows it all" and once, literally yelled out (in front of customers) that I made the wrong order. When i was new, i made little mistakes here & there and those "little mistakes" built up as a "big thing" on my personality I guess…I learned, i’m quick, and a hard worker but no one sees the positive w. me
– the cooks always feel as if they’re boss and yell out orders. All 3 of us servers could be busy or in the middle of something (serving drinks/checks) and if the phone is ringing, will YELL, "phone!!" and give you that "hurry up"-stare to get it
– I broke an empty beer bottle at the back (on accident) as i was busing plates, cups, etc…and when it broke, everyone made a BIG deal – shook their heads, threw their hands in the air, stupid comments, etc…thanks for the support, guys
– stress is inevitable at the workplace but i SWEAR, the cooks, servers, everyone will easily stress and complain/fight over very petty things….maybe it’s bc i come fr another work background where I had to deal w. patients who were in the "life or death" situation. I still work very hard and quick but geez, save the drama
– rude customers: there will be rude people wherever you go but having someone give you that "come here" finger, or interrupt you while you’re offering service to others, loud…i can’t deal w. it. I’d rather hear constructive criticism fr. something that matters….like in the healthcare field.
– my "work" is not enough…and doesn’t feel like it matches up in my paycheck: I don’t want attention or glory but I am a hard worker, very quick and offer great service to the customers…I do my best but I feel like it’s not being appreciated and my pay-check is not enough for my hard work. I make alot more fr. my old job….and at my work now, we have bad hours, not alot of tips, rude customers, and immature co-workers…

If I do leave, I need to find another CNA job before i give my notice but do you think it’s time to quit?

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No Real Help October 11, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Only you can say, truthfully. You’re the one that has to deal with the consequences of whatever you decide to do. I was always told, there is a price to stay and a price to go; you need to decide which price is worth paying.

I know that doesn’t help you much but it’s your life, not mine, that you’re asking about.

Adam October 11, 2010 at 2:38 pm

When the problem is an unpleasant work environment, the time to quit is the earlier of:

1) a few days before you go ballistic or say/do something you’d regret, or

2) the day you get a new job.

Don’t worry too much about giving notice. In many jobs, it’s entirely appropriate and desirable to give two weeks notice before leaving. In many others though, especially lower-responsibility jobs or ones where you’re easily replaced the employer would like you out ASAP. An employee who’s about to leave is a potential liability – theft, poor work, sabotage, etc.

Not that I’m saying you’d steal or screw around, I’m just saying this is something bosses worry about.

Given the current job market, I’d advise you to suck it up until you find something better rather than quit with nothing to go to.

Romulus October 11, 2010 at 2:38 pm

I think it is so unprofessional when someone yells at you in front of other customers, but also you have quite a bit of reasons as to why you want to quit. so think about it do you NEED this job? If you do you need to look for a job while having this one and then quit.

Lizz October 11, 2010 at 2:38 pm

sounds like ur at the end of ur tether..

i was the same, and quit before i did something really bad.

when u start imagining setting the place on fire, quit.

1+1=3 October 11, 2010 at 2:38 pm

i would hold off quitting until you find something else, your not alone though. Just started a new job and i struggle to turn up i dislike it so much.

LOL @ Amie’s answer

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