Viral Videos: great distractions from work, ice breakers to an awkward conversation and now… a potential way to quit your job? The viral video of the month highlights Marina Shifrin, an unhappy writer for Next Media Animation, a company who strives to generate views on videos. 9.4 million views later, her video, showcasing her dance moves and creative take on the “I QUIT” conversation, is their biggest hit yet. Her work environment was not a pleasant one, as she was given few lunch breaks and had varying schedules and responsibilities.
Now, we have to give her credit. Not only did she stand up for herself, but the video is incredibly creative and generated so much more attention than she could ever have thought. But was the attention good or bad? And, if you are THAT unhappy at your job, do you take it this far? Quitting a job, in a foreign country, without a fallback, is an insanely risky move. Had we had the opportunity to speak to Marina prior to the video’s debut, or any other unhappy employee who is thinking of quitting, what advice would we give you?
First of all, a full time job is obviously consuming and we tend to get wrapped up in our own little worlds. So we first recommend taking a step back and really thinking about your unhappiness. As a MAJOR fan of lists, we like to write out my emotions into neatly organized, bulleted columns, maybe even color coded. What else is going on outside of work? Think of your living situation, your social life, relationships. Make sure none of that is contributing to your unhappiness.
No? Okay, next step, next list. What do you dislike about your job? If you could change things to benefit your happiness, what would they be? Take a look at what you’ve written down and see if any of these are viable options. Talk to your boss or HR confidentially, as one of their main responsibilities is to make sure employees are happy and address any questions or concerns you may have. Be reasonable, be calm.
Still can’t come up with enough bullet points on the “why to stay at my job” list? It happens. But before drafting that resignation letter, we suggest getting a headstart on job hunting. It’s tough out there, and the perfect job doesn’t always just land in your lap. It could take months to find a good fit for you. Keep in mind that by quitting, you are forfeiting and THEY win.
Let’s make things relative. Think of quitting in terms of filing for divorce. Once you are separated, you have to learn to be on your own again, which is not always easy. You don’t fall in love again right away. It takes time. You have to think about what your “ex” will say about you (i.e. in future reference checks), so make things as amicable, honest and pain-free as possible.
Best advice, post breakup? Try a staffing firm…. like maybe Black Oak Staffing. We’ve been there, we get it. And we would love to help you fall in love with the perfect job and have you happy to wake up and go to work every morning!