Are Workers Really Rage Quitting? Here’s What To Do Instead

Rage quitting is all the rage these days. In rage quitting, an employee basically tells their employer to “take this job and shove it.”

Sounds empowering, doesn’t it? However, you may want to take a deep breath before joining this movement.

What’s Fueling Rage Quitting

Frustrated workers are most likely to walk out the door in a fit of rage. If one more thing goes wrong, they’ll quit in a flash.

Work is a source of stress for many employed workers, leading to irritability, exhaustion, and difficulty regulating emotions. According to The American Institute of Stress, 55% of Americans are stressed during the day, and 63% of US workers are ready to quit their jobs to avoid work-related stress.

Everyone experiences stress from time to time. But what happens when stress levels impact physical and mental health? Eventually, something must give.

We’re seeing a surge in employee quit rates due to several factors, including unrealistic work expectations, company layoffs, and overworked employees. People are getting to the point where they believe quitting is their only option.

The Negative Effects of Rage Quitting

Hollywood has done a great job of helping us fantasize about quitting our job on the spot. The perfect example of this is Tom Cruise as Jerry Maguire, who grabs Flipper the Goldfish and quits his soul-crushing job. In the end, he goes on to make millions.

Here’s What You Can Do Instead of Rage Quitting

When things start to heat up, it’s better to take a few deep breaths before making a hasty decision. Think about what’s really bothering you. Then, schedule a meeting with your boss to discuss your situation.

If, after doing so, you still believe quitting your job is the right move, you can give proper notice or look for a new job while you’re still employed.

While the allure of a dramatic “rage quit” may be tempting in the face of workplace stress and frustration, resisting that impulse is crucial.

It may be tempting to fantasize about a dramatic Hollywood-style exit, but the reality is far less glamorous. Burned bridges, tarnished reputations, and financial insecurity await those who give into their anger. The high road may not be the easiest, but it is the one that will serve you best, both now and in the future.


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