People Don't Quit Jobs, They Quit Managers

People Don't Quit Jobs, They Quit Managers

A manager could make or break your current employment.
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If you are like most people, then you have had a job that you absolutely cannot stand any longer and want to quit. It happens. But what exactly about this job compels you to move on from it? Is the work that you are doing so unappealing or unrewarding that you are willing to sacrifice the money you are making and quit? In most situations, this isn’t the case. People don’t just quit jobs, usually they quit managers because the worker either doesn’t like the way the store or company is run or can’t stand working with the manager anymore. Again, it happens. You are not going to like every job that you have (if you do then you’re lucky), but from my job experience, it ends up being the manager that causes someone to quit their job because no one wants to work with an unreasonable, unfair, or non-personable manager. I know of people who don’t like the work they do but stick around because they like their manager. Lucky them. For those who know what it’s like to work with a manager you aren’t a fan of, continue reading.

What if you truly do not like the work that you are doing? Okay, that’s understandable, but can you afford to quit that job if you don’t have another lined up? When you’re a struggling college student like me, you’ll most likely suck it up and go to work because those paychecks are so valuable. Now what if you can tolerate your job but are having a hard time working with your manager for whatever reason? Suddenly that paycheck seems a little less worth the time and effort you put into that job because a bad manager, or a manager you dislike, creates a negative atmosphere at work. These bad vibes from the manger, whether the manager is aware of it or not, make working unenjoyable and that two week notice you’ve been itching to send it becomes more and more tempting every day.

So how can a manager be responsible for you quitting your job? Well, how would you feel if your manager was extremely impatient, blowing up on every employee and customer, unable to control their bad temper? Work isn’t so enjoyable. In fact, your manager’s raging temper brings down not only your mood, but also the rest of your co-workers. Now imagine this happening frequently. Before you know it, the best days at work are the ones where you don’t have to see your manager.

You may think there is nothing worse than a highly aggravated manager. Think again. When working you can put up with angry, annoying, or defensive customers, but strict managers who are so anal about perfection that they get upset with you for every little mistake not only radiate bad vibes, but are annoying beyond belief. Some people can handle angry managers by not letting their aggression get to them, but when you become annoyed with your manager? Hello two-week notice.

Of course, these are only a couple of reasons why one would quit his or her manager, and, of course, these issues may be resolved by talking to your manager about your concerns. But who really wants to approach their manager and say that you don’t like their attitude and that you think their impatience is not professional or suitable for this business? Yeah, right. If you dread going to work or consistently become upset during your shift because of a manager, that may be a sign that it’s time to send in those resumes again. Yes, making money is important, but if you’re a college student, the last thing you need is to be unhappy with your job. Your main source of stress should be school, not a minimum wage pass- time. It probably won't be the end of the world if you quit your monster manager.

Avoid bad vibes. Other places are hiring, I assure you.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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Writing Saved My Sanity

Write it all down when you can't talk to anyone.

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I love sharing my more personal writing with close friends, especially my poems as of late. I found that I have a voice for young women who find themselves in a toxic relationship much like mine was. I want to speak out and show them that you can grow from the bullshit. It may take some time, but you will be better.

Writing saved my sanity. It allows me to express myself without having to use my actual voice. Anyone who knows me, knows I hate public speaking. I tend to psych myself out leading up to it. My current projects include writing for Odyssey every week, I'm in the process of trying to continue my short stories, and I'm excited to announce that I'm currently working on my very first poetry book!

Writing has given me so much, and I'm so looking forward to making a career out of something I love so much.

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