Deciding to leave your company can be a scary, and major, decision. It’s like jumping into a sea of opportunities without any guarantee that you’ll be given one. But, are you sure you need to leave in the first place?
Here are 8 signs it’s time to pack up and bid your job adieu.
8 Critical Signs it’s Time to Quit your Job
1) Your “fire” has died.
Do you remember the feeling you had when you first started working at your company? The sense of ambitiousness towards the endless career opportunities, the many contributions you could make, and the growing roster of challenges you would readily overcome. Do you still feel that way? Sure, there are going to be the odd days when simply getting out of bed will feel like a challenge. But if you’re procrastinating more than you’re working, or always finding a reason to call in sick, it’s probably time to consider the option of a career switch.
“If you’re not doing what you love, you will never tap your true potential. It will just continue to be ‘a job,’ and eventually each day will seem more of a grind.” – Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant; How to Manage Childish Boss Behaviour and Thrive in Your Job.
2) You don’t fit in anymore.
Even if you enjoy your work, your work environment can be a major factor in your decision to stay. Are you no longer getting along with your colleagues or boss? Maybe you hold an ethical or moral difference in opinion. Perhaps your working styles do not align. Whatever the issue, your boss and colleagues play a huge role in job satisfaction. If working together has become a nightmare, it could be time to look elsewhere.
“I am very over the term ‘authentic,’ but if you can’t be ‘authentic’ at your job, it’s time to look for another job.” – Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and cofounder of Ellevest
3) You feel like you can’t succeed.
It can be demotivating when you give your all in your job, but it feels like your boss isn’t recognizing your effort. Perhaps your manager is distracted by major organizational challenges that haven’t been shared with you. Perhaps your manager simply isn’t aware of how you feel. If this is a sustained issue, try speaking with your manager to clarify whether your work performance is satisfactory. Bring examples of recent work to show that you are motivated and serious about improving, if required. However, if you’re feeling consistently undervalued at work and can’t change things, it could be time to pack up.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy
4) Your health is deteriorating.
There is an old proverb that compares the happiness between a wealthy man and a healthy man. It teaches us that in the long run, health is more important than wealth. Take a step back. Is work-related stress affecting you physically, mentally, or both? Do you fall sick easily and struggle to fully recover? Are you irritable and prone to snapping at your loved ones? Have you put on weight because of your job?
The impact of work-related stress can be wide-ranging and can easily affect your friends and family and your ability to support them. Consider taking a vacation, watching what you eat, and working exercise into your day. Speak with your management if you need to. However, if you’ve tried this and are unable to improve your work situation, look for healthier work environments.
“The work, people, or culture is unhealthy, and it has a negative impact on you physically and mentally.” – Teri Hockett, chief executive of career site What’s For Work?
5) Your company is not investing in you.
As Benjamin Franklin so famously said, an investment in knowledge pays the best interest. If your company does not see the value in helping you to grow, they’re missing out on the greatest investment of all. While not all companies can afford to send you for expensive trainings, you should be progressively challenged with new tasks and be able to learn from your team or superiors. An environment where support is given is so important for you to advance your career. You, and only you, are responsible for the successes in your life. Take charge of your life and place yourself in an environment where you can thrive.
“Once you stop learning, you start dying.” – Albert Einstein
6) You’re not doing what you were hired to do.
What job did you agree to? Are you still carrying out the responsibilities that title encompasses? Or have you been juggling around different departments due to the lack of manpower? Sometimes it can be positive – your company may have discovered new skills you never knew you possessed. However, there is a line to be drawn. Review your position in your company and make sure that it is aligned with your career goals. If you are no longer able to get the experiences you require to progress, you might be better off looking for better opportunities.
“I think as a company, if you can get two things right – having a clear direction on what you are trying to do and bringing in great people who can execute on the stuff – then you can do pretty well.” – Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook
7) Your workplace is an oppressive environment.
Just as flowers require a healthy environment to bloom, we too thrive in certain environments. A certain level of challenge and pressure can be motivating, but if you’re constantly afraid to speak up, or are always looking over your shoulder, something’s not right. Attention that could have been directed at your work is being wasted on trivial matters. This will become tiresome overtime, and can take a toll on your mental health.
“Being a great place to work is the difference between being a good company and a great company.” – Brian Kristofek, President and CEO of Upshot
8) You’re reading this article.
You’ve probably been toying with the idea of quitting for a while now. Kudos to you for doing your research! Use this list as a starting point to consider as you evaluate your reasons for wanting to leave.
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar
Walking away is hard, but sometimes staying is harder. Life is too short for you to stay in a job that’s doing more harm than good. If you’ve decided to leave, great! (You might want to take a look at our job board.) Maybe after some soul searching, you’ve decided to stay. That’s okay too! Remember, you know yourself, your situation, and your goals best. As always, we’ll be here to support you in your career journey.
“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.” – Lewis Carroll
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