5 reasons to quit your job
31 March 2015, 15:13
Nairobi - Two people I know have decided that it better to be on the
notorious Kenyan jobless market rather than to stay employed. You can imagine,
from an unemployed person’s perspective that does not sit well with me. I look
at things in one light especially if they involve money and employment; I look
at the glass as half full rather than half empty.
My advice to them was, you would rather stay in and continue
getting the little peanuts until you get something else. Rather than walk out
and go sit at home and get nothing at all.
Do they have savings? No, the job only catered for at least bus
fare. Do they have a business they want to start in mind? No, they will look
for a job. To which I ask, more than a million Kenyans are looking for a job,
any job what makes you so different because it is not like you are being
headhunted? To which they answer they will figure it out. We are all trying to
figure it out.
What reasons do they have of not wanting to stay at the job?
It is not going
anywhere you are just stuck
I am not talking about a person who has worked for a year
and they feel it is time they got a promotion. I am talking about people who
stay with a company for years and years. Giving them dedication, all their hard
work, time and effort but they are never recognized. Someone else is brought in
to take over the next position that they would be brilliant at and well fit for
it. If that is you, then you have the right to walk out and either, use that
effort on your own business or look for a company that will appreciate that
kind of dedication.
Staying in one job for over 10 years and being in the same
position that you got in with, the best they could do is make you an employee
trainer is never a good look. Especially if the people you train end up
climbing the ladder and being your boss. That is just a slap in the face.
Your pay and your Job
One of these two people earns around KES 40000 gross
salary. No extra benefits or allowances. The pay is not bad, if you are
entering the job market. But if you have been working for over three years,
your pay is never re-evaluated but your job description gets an extra line
every time there’s that employee appraisal; then there is a problem. You know
they are not going to raise it, you know they do not want to but they give you
a workload that does not suit your pay. It is time to re-evaluate your options
I could take anything from an unconducive work environment
as long as my pay check compensates for it. On the other hand, if I am dealing
with a bad, uncouth, unappreciative and unethical boss, fellow colleagues and
horrible amenities yet my check is no different than an intern’s but a better
environment. I would rather be an intern then.
Work is all about compensation, if I am not being
compensated for putting up with mediocrity and Kenyan made bureaucracy then I
feel I have the right to walk out. You should too. Employment Laws in Kenya but
it is the handful that actually employ them.
Realizing that you
have no interest in what you are doing
For me a bad employee has to be the one that has no interest
and is lackluster because they do not like what they are doing. A lot of people
do not like what they are doing but circumstance makes you make it work. You
can make it work in a lot of things but some jobs do not allow it.
For example, sales. Sales is hard, if you do not like it you
will not hack it. Which is the case for my other friend. She did Finance, got a
sales job but has now quit because it was not working out for her. I think she
did that company a favor. If you are female and you do not have the right kind
of grit then sales is most definitely not for you. If the same applies for any
job you are doing, it is better to try your hand at something else.
Most important and
finally, WALK OUT WITH A PLAN
Nothing will make you look more stupid than walking out of
any job and coming to ‘hang’ with the rest of us.
It is even worse when you have no savings and you go back to
handouts. If you have something on the side that can sort you out that is good.
On the other hand, if you are dry and you want to walk out then to me you are a
fool. Stay for a bit and save something at least.
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