Things you should consider before quitting

By Lalitha Balasubramanian

Quitting a job is a personal decision and is usually triggered when you are either not satisfied with your job or the time schedules and stress levels take a toll on your personal life.

Women, who decide to quit, usually do so because of responsibilities that they take up after marriage. Such women invariably turn towards something which provides a better work life balance.
Asserts Manisha Singh, who decided to quit her job at a finance company in South Mumbai because it required her to travel all the way from Virar, “Although the money was good, the long commute and unpredictable work timings started eating into my family life and causing unbearable stress. However, travelling to work may not be the only reason for most people who would not mind commuting if the job is challenging, especially in a city like Mumbai. Says Harish A, who is currently working in an advertising agency, “Stagnation was the core reason for my change of job. I was in the same position for almost three years with no raise or promotions. I decided that it was time to seek a change.¬†Fortunately, the change worked wonders for Harish who is now happy at his current workplace.What to keep in mind While quitting may seem the wisest decision for those looking for a better pay package and higher designation, there are several things one needs to consider before putting in one’s papers. For employees, who support a family, the decision to quit has to be taken with utmost caution as the repercussions may reverberate. According to MH Balasubramanian, a chartered accountant, who quit his job to set up his own practice, A person with a high qualification and a sizable professional experience is always readily absorbed by employers. On the other hand, a fresher with a basic qualification and practically no experience must act prudently, as it could jeopardise his/ her future employment prospects. Those, who intend to set up their own venture, need to take into account that the gestation period for settling in any practice or business could be anywhere between two to three years. Quitting work to start something of one’s own always calls for a meticulous planning of finances, as budgetary provisions have to be made to tide over the gestation period.Executing your exit Once the decision to quit is taken, one should evolve a strategy to resign in a professional manner. According to Shanti S, an HR executive with a multinational company, Each company has a different procedure for resignations. Find out your company’s exit policy and hand in a polite and courteous resignation letter to your current employer. Balasubramanian concludes, “Make sure to follow all the rules and regulations while quitting and maintain good relations with your current boss. Many organisations approach the former employer of the applicant for a direct reference before taking them onboard.Names have been changed on request to protect identity

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