The Water Cooler – Quitting Your Job

August 12, 2014 12:00 pm · 24 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

Would you quit your job if your values didn’t match the values of your employer?

Talk about it….

well... August 12, 2014 at 12:04 PM

No. The likelihood of me finding a job that pays as much would be very slim.

Hi2uDavid August 12, 2014 at 12:10 PM

I guess it depends on how egregious the infraction is as compared to my value. If it’s not significant but merely irritating then, no, I would not quit. If it was one against a value that is a big part of who I am then, yes, I would quit. We all have choices. But we also need to make a living. Sometimes we have to compromise a little but we shouldn’t have to compromise who we are.

Let's Go Oakland August 12, 2014 at 12:17 PM

No. I enjoy hating my job. It’s easier to hate your job if you genuinely hate what the business does. This is why I continue to work for a small start-up that legally markets pornography, tobacco, and alcohol to minors.

Rob August 12, 2014 at 12:18 PM

>>> Would you quit your job if your values didn’t match the values of your employer?

Depends how much they are paying me vs. how different the values are…

wibbly August 12, 2014 at 12:31 PM

If you did, what would there be to complain about on a daily basis……

94598 August 12, 2014 at 12:41 PM

I did exactly that in 2008!
Best decision ever- couldn’t be happier-
I remember all the political infighting and negativeness by all the unethical middle managers trying to move up the ladder.

The Mamba August 12, 2014 at 12:44 PM

I agree with #2, it depends on how egregious the conflict was with my values. I put the wealth and success of my family before a lot of other issues though, and I work for one of the most trusted institutions in America, so it rarely comes up. I do remember having trepidation over doing business with Libya for a former employer though, but then the revolution occurred and the deal dried up.

Anon777 August 12, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Depends upon what it is. For instance, I would never work for Hobby Lobby (or would have quit them) after the hypocrisy I’ve witnessed with the ACA and the supreme court ruling.

Pyrrhus August 12, 2014 at 1:30 PM

I worked for an oil company in the past and I have to say that I was never proud of the company I worked for. The amount of scandal and damage they did to the environment goes against my personal beliefs. I also found it disgusting how they tried to pass the buck and say that they did what was legally responsible. The people I worked with were great, and I know some of them did not like what the company was doing as well. I now work for a company that is very straightforward with what it does and has no controversy surrounding it.

Mr. Pink August 12, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Depends on which values of mine they were violating. Jobs are hard to come by these days so if they say chose not to recycle, I’d probably stick around.

Tom August 12, 2014 at 1:38 PM

It depends on the situation, and how badly I needed the money.

That's All Folks! August 12, 2014 at 1:43 PM

No, my employer’s political beliefs are the complete opposite of mine. I have no problem leaving by beliefs at home and doing my job as a professional.

SKS August 12, 2014 at 2:31 PM

I don’t work for any company or organization that compromises my fundamental personal tenets and mores.

LLoyd Dobler August 12, 2014 at 2:57 PM

I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.

ClayDen August 12, 2014 at 4:00 PM

It seems that before you apply for a job you should have some knowledge of the company and their values. If you have a fundamental disagreement with their values, don’t apply for the job, thus avoiding the problem in the first place. Simple logic.

Anon August 12, 2014 at 4:06 PM

So, some of you could make a career as unemployed idealist.

Dorothy August 12, 2014 at 4:15 PM

I quit a job was because I needed more income than they would provide. I quit another one years later because my boss at the time said I couldn’t have a raise because I had not gone over the top of stated goals by 120 percent.

The Tin Man August 12, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Are you the same Dorothy that’s running for Pleasant Hill City Council? I’m researching candidates and I can’t figure out what you do or did in the past for a living. Seems like you’ve never had a job.

Only once August 12, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Have I quit, or also known as “make the boss lay you off”. I was working for a construction company that had an exterior remodeling job. Most of the work was done by aerial lift. Three sides of the building were safely accessed with the proper equipment. The outer side bordered Geary Blvd, which a permit was required to block off the street to have proper access. This company refused to do so, and proceeded to put the lift ON the angled sidewalk. At working height, it was necessary to step out of the basket to work but as we stepped out, the lift flung away from the building 3 ft. I had asked for a tag tie-off line and it was denied. I also refused to move the lift over the concrete water main hatch on the sidewalk.The Forman did so and busted the hatch and placed plywood over it. I refused to perform the work at that point. It sucks to lose work, but my life is more important. I considered reporting them to OSHA, but was told the union would not necessarily back me up and possible black balling. This was a State school district job, I’ve been curious to see how they explained the damage and lack of permits. Let alone if someone was hurt. BTW- a tie off line was $100 in materials.

Of course! August 12, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Without hesitation. A person’s good character and integrity is more important than any job.

I have quit a couple of jobs, and lived with a couple of rotten employers as well.

I decided that working for someone, anyone, anything is simply a poor trade for of my skills for minimal money and promises followed by deceit.

I started my own business. It has not been an easy road, but I have health care and retirement as well as a decent income.

Anyone can start their own business. It takes a great deal of time and hard work, and can be done with very little up front expense. People who say they cannot are just afraid and using excuses rather than taking action.

hunny August 12, 2014 at 9:32 PM

I have before and I am sure I will need to again in the future. It’s better than selling myself short.

Dorothy August 12, 2014 at 10:59 PM

@ The Tin Man – not running for anything in Pleasant Hill. You’re kinda right, I’m retired so I don’t work anymore.

Connie Dobbs August 13, 2014 at 7:11 AM

Of course I have. I’ve also worked terrible jobs for awful people because I had a child to support. So far as I know, I only get but so much time so I’m going to live how I want.

tired of taxes August 14, 2014 at 9:51 AM

You could also pose the same question for citizenship. Would you give up your citizenship if the country/nation you belong to has values that does not match your own values?
I could imagine that a large segment of the US population are not warmongering money grubbing psychopaths.

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