questionsif you threaten to quit your job would your boss…


Would my immediate supervisor fight for me? Yes. But our director would let me go in a heartbeat. In this economy with so many people looking for work my organization's philosophy has become everyone is replaceable, no matter how well they do their job.


I had one boss ask if a raise would keep me there but sadly the job I had accepted was better pay and I was just ready for something different. Funny cause I ended up hating that second job, but I've since moved on from that as well they did not offer me any sort of raise or benefit to stay. However I am freelancing for them for 1/3rd more than they paid me when I worked there before.


This is a very bad time to be an employee. The high unemployment rate means that you are very replaceable.

I recently had a good reason to present a case to my boss for an "adjustment" to my compensation plan. I had a strong logical argument that made good business sense, presented in an unemotional and non-confrontational manner. Within minutes into the discussion I could tell that the boss I thought had my best interests at heart really didn't - I backed off on my requests and was happy to take the compromise they were offering.

If I weren't married with children and mortgage I would have pushed a lot harder, if the economy didn't suck as bad as it does I may have threatened to quit or actually quit on the spot.



If I made that threat, the next words my boss would probably say is, "Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out."

We are a very large company and it's already been announced that we are downsizing by discontinuing 40,000 jobs. They claim most of that will be from attrition meaning people leaving on their own. So why would they stop anyone if that's what they are hoping they will do?


Speaking from the "boss" point of view. I have a couple of employees that I would and I have fought for. I think like most of you said...Everyone is replaceable, but there is a cost to replacing a good employee or even replacing just a ok employee. And sometimes it is just not worth the hassle trying to replace an employee. (disclaimer to my comment....I'm a very small employer not a large corporation, so the big guys most likely would just let you go and not fight....sad but true)


my position is very specialized. I'd like to think that if I threatened to quit, they would fight for me to stay since I have years of knowledge of the company. But in all reality they would probably let me go, hire someone new and pay them more than me :(


If I threatened to quit, my boss and my wife would try to talk me off the ledge. If I used it as bargaining, I'd be let go. They need me, but there's 10 more people who are willing to do the same job for half my pay...and that's assuming they get the green light from corporate to replace me, and not just have my co-workers absorb my responsibilities.

We're all replaceable. The key is to make it hurt, if you did quit or were fired.


I know I am replaceable. I was downsized here in 2008...out-of-work for 11 months...rehired in 2009...left for another job after 6 weeks (I was already well into the hiring process somewhere else when I was rehired)...left there after 18 months to come back here where I started.
It's confusing, but I have a good job. I'm still replaceable, though.

EDIT: I am aware that I didn't answer the question and started a tangent. :-P


i work at a small company (<30 people). awesomely enough, my boss uses me as leverage when the higher ups are about to do something stupid. "if you do this, [insert real name] is gonna be pissed!"

she's even told me the PM and the R&D director have asked her privately if she really thought i'd quit over certain things. it's good to feel valuable at work.


If I threatened to quit, my boss would absolutely not fight for me.

If, on the other hand, I showed my boss a list of projects I've worked on, emphasizing what I did on each one to make or save the company money, he would be much more receptive. I know because I did that a couple of years ago and got a nice raise for it.

It's the whole "catching more flies with honey than vinegar" thing.


I've thought about it before. I'm pretty new, but my company also has some retention issues and I'm doing pretty well. Everyone is replaceable, but I think they'd hear me out on my concerns, anyways.


No. Everyone's replaceable, but at the moment (as a cook) I am way too easily replaceable.

That's why I'm taking classes to become a paramedic- that way at least they can't just hire any guy off the street to take my job.


I have no idea, honestly, but I know training and hiring new people is a huge time and productivity sink, so it's definitely easier to keep employees around. I mean, think about all the pain in suffering in change cell phone providers...

The nature of business and life is that things keep rolling on, though.


I think most would have a rude awakening, I have found the majority of people over value themselves. They think they can't even take a vacation because of how vital they feel they are. I work for a Fortune 50 company and a common talking point is, "The company was here 100 years before you, and will likely be here 100 years after you."

Human capital is far too undervalued in the work environment now, as evident by the mass exodus to foriegn countries and their cheap labor


If I said I wanted to quit, I'm sure my immediate boss would try to talk me out of it, and maybe help see if we could mitigate the reasons I was quitting. But, overall, I think he'd support my decision. Would he fight to help mitigate the reasons, I think so. And, I also think if his boss wanted to get rid of me, he'd fight for me.


Nope. They like me, but they need someone that can do what I can do... not me. If I threatened it, they'd let me go so they could bring in 2 people, part time, and not have to worry about benefits.


If you've already found a job with better pay or conditions, then you're winning: they want you. Your boss might try to beat their offer, but they could probably stretch a little further. And even if they can't, why would you go with the employer that didn't give you the raise they knew you're worth?


@zethreal: Either you work in a button-pushing factory, or your current employer doesn't put "in house training and mentoring" on the balance sheet. Because what they're paying for your benefits is cheaper by far than the cost of training up two replacements.


I don't think so, no.

With few exceptions, companies are like middle aged married men; they would love to trade in a 50* year old for a pair of 25s. Many many companies are ditching their aging workforce for young kids who work long hours for cheap. :)

(*not to say I'm 50)

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I have worked several different positions in the company. My company does not fight to keep it's employees, so no. That being said every time but 2 times when I switched positions in the company I had to fight to leave what I was doing.
The first time I was not begged to say the supervisor was moving and wanted me to come with him (so he begged me to move). The second it was not a good fit for me.


No. As a 20 year employee, I am expensive. Even with training costs I could be replaced with two part time people. Our current benefit structure is based on hours worked, so two part timers don't equal one full timer.

Having said that, I have tried to leave the company in the past, and was head-hunted by former bosses to come to their stores. I've been kind of lucky that way.


At my current job I do coffee equipment and espresso machine repair which is a pretty specialized field and it would require a lot of training to replace me. I also maintain all of the computers in the office, take care of all the website and online shopping maintenance, do all of the social media management, do the graphic design, do a lot of merchandise ordering and do a variety of consulting in various areas. Since I'm spread out through so many parts of the company it would be very difficult to replace me, especially with one person.

Recently we had to fire one employee and another employee left the company about a month ago. My boss had a private conversation with me and told me how valuable to the company I am and that he hopes I am with them for the long term. My boss would definitely fight to keep me if I was thinking about leaving for any reason, although it would take a lot for me to even consider it.


No way in hell.

At least not until this project is finished.

We actually had layoffs this week, not fun, but I'm still there.


I am totally replaceable according to the corporate and likely not needed anyway. Locally the current boss would want to keep me. Corporate thinks my job should be a monkey job and in reality had no idea what I do or the time required to do it. Most of my job is not difficult but I am required to know many things and use that information to get the work done. I hate the inconsistancy in training and the poor ongoing training that result in many problems.


Been there long enough, know more about the company than anyone else and work for less than I'm worth. They damn well better fight for me!


There are days when I'm pretty sure @gatzby would throw a party if I threatened but most days, I think he'd at least ask why.

Hopefully a better reaction than my last job where the boss ran to HR to fill out the paper work before I got the words out my mouth that I was quitting.


@thunderthighs: harsh.
I had my very first boss say to me at my exit interview "I don't think we will hire anyone fresh out of college again"

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