Why I Quit My Job | Journal

This post is going to be reeeeaaaaaaallllly long. The minute I left school, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Work in a standard nine-to-five and continue my passion for blogging while earning a steady wage. Well, after a year of that life; I decided to give it up. 

I remember the moment I applied, it was December 2014, and by January 2015, I was a Customer Service Advisor in the Head Office for one of the biggest building societies in the country. The job seems ideal at first, but I found it very difficult to fit in. After a month, I figured the team and managers are like this with all the newbies, eventually they’ll be my good friends and going to work will feel like The Office. I was wrong. As my time there progressed, I began to realise I really don’t fit in with this team and the managers have made it very clear they don’t appreciate my work. But, this is common in workplaces so I continued working. 

When I was hired, I was a temporary member of staff for three months. To my leaving date, I never finished as a temp, my contract was just “extended” every so often, even though I didn’t receive anything in writing to confirm this. In my view, as long as I’m getting paid, I’m happy to work. As ISA season rolled in, the workloads became unnaturally heavy and it was obvious the entire investments department didn’t have a clue what was going on. After having the most successful ISA of 2015, this particular company didn’t plan work thousands of pieces of work to flood in, which resulted in more temps being hired and staff moved all over the place. 

I was treated like a slave and workout from 7am to 6pm, with one break and plenty to do. Others didn’t do as much as I did but they still one achievement awards. I was denied holidays and opportunities because my manager didn’t like me or appreciate my skill. After a while, I sensed this isn’t right. I approached HR and they did absolutely NOTHING. 

It was hard to handle the harsh reality of the nine-to-five, and the even harsh reality of dirty and unprofessional businesses. During the summer, there was no work – as in I would sit and stare at my lock screen all day. During the winter and spring, work would flood in and it seems to startle the managers every year even though it’s a building society… of course ISA season will be busy. No one was ever prepared, and the department was incredibly corrupt. Managers had favourites, seniors were inappropriate with temps and the entire team would argue and gossip all day. How it still stands today is beyond me, thank goodness I never opened my own account with them. 

My mood was greatly affected by work, and friends and family began to notice. It started with headaches, and they were never subtle. The headaches were from the moment I woke up until the second I fell asleep. Nothing could shift the pain, and doctors put this down to stress and tension. In general, I was never in a good mood and unenthusiastic about everything – even Chris Evans. I never looked forward to the day and each moment was a countdown to 5pm. I’m a strong believer in happiness and doing whatever makes you smile. This job is the one thing that stopped me from smiling. Joking about an evil boss and nosey coworkers is fine, but dreading everything about employment is not normal. 

In many situations, quitting a job isn’t an option, and this is something I considered all the time. “I bet there are loads of people that hate their job” was my reasoning and stopped me from crying at my desk every morning. However, I slowly realised, I have the option to leave this place and if it makes me so unhappy, why don’t I take it? It’s silly for me to feel guilty (even though I still do) about the circumstances of other people when there’s nothing I could do to change them. 

After a long chat and plenty of tea, my mum and I constructed my resignation letter and I handed it in the next day. I can tell you, the moment I handed that letter in, my mood lifted. Towards the end of my notice period, the headaches went away. Even though my boss started to act nicely towards me because she knew the one employee who banks millions a day, would be gone. 

I now work with my mum, helping her to build her two amazing charities, Clothing Solutions & Beaneezy – please give their Facebook pages a like if you can, it would really help us! I’ve never been happier and can not blog basically all the time, and avoid the tension headaches and 6am trains to Leeds. 

Have you ever quit a job? 

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  • it’s amazing when you realize, how it CAN be after being in an ill environment for so long.. never a failure, always a lesson 🙂 glad you’re happy now. will check out your mom’s charities!

    • So true, I learned a lot! Thanks xo

  • Chloe Stephenson

    Well done on doing what was right for you – happiness is so important, life is too short.

    Chloe x

    http://www.chloelolabel.blogspot.co.uk

  • This is such a brave post to share. It can be so consuming sticking with something, anything that sucks out every energy from you on a daily basis. To then have to go day in, day out and surround yourself with toxic people that only drain whatever energy you’ve managed to muster – it can be so overwhelming, can’t it? Can really relate to this and everything you’ve been feeling. For a long while I felt like that during times in my life…and though it’s a different situation, it is so freeing to step away from it/whatever is making us so unhappy. Good luck with your new chapter and wonderful that you’re working with your mum’s charities! I feel as though our best purpose in life is to give to others and by doing so we get so much back 🙂 All the best!
    Ana xxx

    http://www.namastefromananya.com

    • Absolutely! It’s so great that you can relate too, thank you so much for reading! All the best xo

  • CONGRATS ON QUITTING! I can relate to a lot of what you are saying and there are a lot of thoughts that I haven’t been brave enough to act OR talk about publicly. What you’ve said is impressive. You’re right. Your situation wasn’t okay. I’m so glad that you’ve found what you enjoy and what makes you smile professionally!

    Kiersten

    • Thank you!! Totally, there’s so way I could deal with it much longer! xo

  • Missy May

    Gosh, I can definitely understand it and you made the right choice. Nothing worst than working hard, but not getting the recognition you deserve. Best of luck with everything. It is well!

    http://missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

  • Me

    I bet the relief just flooded through you, I get times where I want to quit my job but it’s not the worst job in the world, I get good wages for being sat on my bum all day and I get on with my colleagues so well, I want to further my career with the company as well so that has given me something to look forward to!

    Meme xx

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    • Very true! I would have stayed if I had colleagues to talk to, but it was horrendous! Not worth the stress for me! Thanks for reading xo

  • I am quite disgusted with all these “mafias” that emerge in work places and it seems to happen absolutely everywhere 🙁 also, I don’t understand how someone could not be nice to others, they are not justified only because they are your bosses, they are supposed to be nice to every single person, either you work for them, they for you or neither. I am really happy for you. It is a pretty difficult step to take but your happiness is certainly more important than anything that job could give you.

    Cy | Dulce de Mango

    • So true! I was so shocked with my boss, it’s such a shame! Thank you for reading! xo

  • Sandramecy Mecy

    You did what was right you’re so brave ! best wishes for the future x
    http://style-bysandramecy.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/denim-on-denim-encore.html

  • Kelly M

    Super proud of you for having the courage to do something that not many people do. Stay like this. Stay in touch with yourself. Never lose it!

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