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There's A Term For When People Dramatically Quit Their Jobs And Never Look Back

It's called 'rage quitting.'
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Picture this: There are 50 people from different departments in one conference room. The agenda is to align with each other on the company's best practices. Suddenly, an issue comes up, and the question is brought up with your team—specifically, you. You calmly explain how things work, confident in what you and your team have been doing all along, when suddenly, your boss says, "What? Bakit mo ginagawa 'yon? 'Di ba pinagusapan na natin 'to?" And you're sitting there, confused. 

Everything you've been doing in your job were tasks and instructions that came from, what the fuck is she going on about? In front of a room full of people? You attempt to answer her question without putting the blame on other people, and she cuts you off. Someone finally feels the tension, and moves the conversation along, but you're almost blind with rage at this point. All you want to do is flip the conference table, scream, walk out, and never look back because honestly, how dare she?!

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When people give in to this urge, it's called "rage quitting." 

But I'm sure you know, that no matter how angry you are, it is never a good idea. For one thing, there's a chance your career won't be able to recover (at least in your current industry). So the next time it happens, before you flip your boss off, keep the following in mind. 

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Calm down.

If you feel like rage quitting, it's probably because there have been several instances that have made you want to leave your job. When you're pushed beyond your limits, you can't help but think about the immediate gratification of exiting a stressful environment. The problem is, stressful situations will come up no matter what, so you need to find something you can do in the moment to deal with it quickly. For example, when I feel like I'm about to scream, I excuse myself for 20 minutes and take a walk away from my office—with music blasting. 

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Think about your career. 

Specifically, imagine yourself trying to apply for your next job. In any interview, you are always asked about your previous job and overall work experience. Even if you choose to be vague about what happened, your cover will be blown the moment they decide to contact your former employer. 

And on that note, who will you ask recommendations from if you burn that bridge, right? 

Channel that rage into something productive. 

Depending on your priorities, not everyone has the luxury to just be jobless—even when your boss is an absolute nightmare. But you can use that fire to push you into pursuing things you want to attain eventually. For example, if you want to be a freelancer, but you don't have the means to buy the gadgets you need for that kind of life rn, push through the bullshit, save up, and pursue your professional dreams.

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