Don’t Quit, Negotiate

<a href="http://www.professorhollybell.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/66188pbudu2cp41.jpg"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-199" title="66188pbudu2cp41" src="http://www.professorhollybell.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/66188pbudu2cp41-199x300.jpg" alt="negotiate"width="199" height="300" /></a>By Holly A. Bell I was in project avoidance mode at work when I started poking around the <em>Wall Street Journal</em> online. I came across an article entitled, “Quit: Do It Now” by Heidi Grant Halvorson, a social psychologist. I jumped a bit and wondered, “Do I have to?” I really don’t want to work on this project, but do I have to quit? What did she know that I didn’t? The article suggests quitting your job if it makes you feel overworked or overextended and advocates doing so in a Nike “Just Do It” style. I’m afraid if I did that I’d have short periods of work followed by long periods of unemployment. One problem with jobs is that they are attached to lives and between the two--periods of stress and overwork are inevitable. I’m not sure quitting my job would help.

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