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Four People On The Moment They Knew They Had To Quit Their Jobs

Statistically speaking, today is the day most people decide to quit their jobs -- here's why.

According to research out of the UK, the 31st of January is the most popular day for workers to quit their jobs. January in general also holds the title for the month you'll most likely pack it in.

So if you made it through the day without handing in your resignation -- congratulations -- you may very well have one more year left in you.

Many Australian employees return to work in January after taking a break over the holidays. Perhaps the time away makes us realise we're not happy in our jobs, or perhaps we all stay on for all the free food that comes with December.

There are a number of reasons people decide to quit their jobs. We spoke to four Australian workers about what exactly it was that made them decide to throw in the towel.

Quitting your job doesn't always have to be dramatic. Image: 'Jerry Maguire'

Eden, six months in the job

Eden was only 16 years old when she first experienced the horrors of the workforce.

"I decided to quit after a stressed-out barista slammed my fingers in a cupboard and then made me carry out coffees straight after with tears rolling down my cheek.

"I didn't get lunch breaks, penalty rates and felt exploited. They used to also call me in last notice and then send me home after two hours if it'"wasn't busy'... Safe to say the vibe wasn't great and cleaning out ash trays wasn't either."

Even after she quit, they didn't take no for an answer.

"They didn't understand when I said I wanted to quit and said 'okay, so you're on next Saturday'. I said 'no, I can't work here any more' and they were like 'okay, and the week after..?'."

Valentina, 2.5 years in the job

Valentina was working as a primary school teacher when she decided that she needed a career change.

"I was very lucky that the school I worked for allowed me to job share while I continued uni and did an internship in media. When an opportunity came up I accepted it and changed industries."

The fallout? Thankfully there was none.

"I was lucky the school I worked for was supportive of my choice and worked with me to allow me to make the move."

Myles, two years in the job

Myles knew it was time to go after two years.

"I wasn't paid enough and was being treated very poorly by the business owners," he said.

Sadly, it didn't stop there. "I went to work in one of their other businesses several months later. Unfortunately, the same thing happened (they started cutting my wages and treated me badly) until the business went bankrupt."

Jess, four months in the job

Jess' decision was spurred on by workplace bullying.

"The boss bullied me and made me spend $400 a week on taxis to get to work by 6am (I wasn't allowed to get a bus and get there at 6.20am and stay later) but wouldn't expense until a month or so later."

When Jess quit, she made sure to cut ties. "I blocked her on everything and never went back."

Featured Image: 'Jerry Maguire'