Why I Quit My Job
I’ve quit my job four times. It might be a generational thing. It might be a personal thing.
But it’s a ME thing.
In our last podcast, as we discussed the ebb and flow of engaged and disengaged behaviors at a job, it reminded me of my career journey, as young as it is, I saw a lot. I felt confused, conflicted and often quickly disenchanted with the job title hovering below my name.
There were good days, and money and health insurance and essential components of a comfortable life, but it was never what I wanted to do. Some will say it's privilege, timing, angst, assumptions about work ethic, #Millennials, trust issues, authority issues, ADD, ungratefulness...the list goes on.
But here’s the thing, it’s none of those.
There's no job hopping stereotype because every job has been a strategic move and exploration of figuring myself out through the structure of a 9 to 5, a structure that we now find to be antiquated with every timesheet entry and meeting-that-could-have-been-an-email.
I was finding that one area of my current position unlocked another set of talents, and I wanted to do that, following that curiosity and building a skill set and exploring where it would take me, and eventually, it took me out of the 9 to 5 structure altogether.
This isn’t for everyone, and I respect all those that find themselves in their work in an office. I respect hard work, and providing for loved ones, funding your dreams, understanding the nuances of a big corporation and helping start new initiatives that will help others someday. Those are awesome things.
If you’re wondering, I do miss the workplace some days.
Things I miss:
- Human Interaction
- Free Printing
- Rapid Fire Brainstorms
Things I don’t miss:
- “Just checking in on…” Emails
- Desperation Coffee
- 4 p.m. Meetings
So why am I here talking about generational issues in the workplace? What area of expertise do I hold as a former employee and now entrepreneur? Am I just a young punk adding "consultant" to a LinkedIn profile?
No. I'm doing this because I know what it feels like to sit at a desk and wonder if it’s just me - knowing that the institutional workplace is broken, and along with many others, I'm trying to make it better by adding my voice where I can.
And I can add it with my mom. If you haven’t figured it out, Lynne Hayes is my mom. She holds the experience, wisdom and sound advice where, speaking from experience, I can say has helped me through daily struggles and workplace epiphanies with a level of grace and truth, sometimes the hard truth, but all teachable moments that have gotten me this far, and everyone deserves to have that support.
That's why I quit my job, to create my own, and help others find the way that works for them.