13 Reasons to Quit Your Job Now (And 4 Reasons to Stay)
Everyone gets to the point at work when they start to look around and wonder what else is out there. It might be on a slow Wednesday afternoon or after a huge project that almost went wrong – or after the tenth conversation this week with Brenda about her competitive puzzling group. Whatever the reason, eventually, you will wonder whether or not it’s time quit your job.
Should I stay or should I go?
Whatever decision you choose, make sure you’re happy with it. If you truly, deeply hate your job then you aren’t going to be getting much benefit out of sticking it out. You’re less likely to go above and beyond or try harder on a task. This means that you’re also less likely to get a great reference or a promotion nudge from management. Likewise, if you like your job but find yourself wondering if the grass could be greener really think about your motives. Is it “like” but not “love?” Are you settling because you’re comfortable?
The number one thing you should be aware of is complacency. Whether you quit your job or stay, make sure you know why you are making that decision. Don’t waste years of your life working somewhere that isn’t really where you want to be.
Stick Around If…
Just because there are some tasks or times you don’t like doesn’t mean you need to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Sometimes, the decision to quit your job might not be the right one at the moment.
There’s Been a Recent Change
If you’ve just started in a new role or there’s a new manager in charge, the odds are that you might be struggling to adjust to change. This is normal and can take a few weeks for you to settle in and feel comfortable. A few weeks will also give you time to suss out your new co-workers or manager (and give them time to work you out too). Once you get through the initial uncertainty or bad vibes, you might realise that things are actually better than before.
It’s the Rush Period
Sometimes there are difficult periods at work that you just need to weather. Maybe it’s the first week back after a holiday period and everyone is frantic. Maybe it’s the end of the year and reports are due and everybody is stressed. These times definitely suck the fun out of work but they usually finish as quickly as they started. If you can stick it out until these rush periods are over, you might realise that they’re the exception to the rule and the rest of the job isn’t too bad after all.
You haven’t reached your full potential
Work can be boring. Everyone knows that. But before you start searching for the most action packed, exhilarating jobs you can imagine, think about why work is boring for you. If you have mastered your role to a point where you can do it all on autopilot, ask your manager if there are other projects you can work on or responsibilities you can take on. Showing this kind of initiative is guaranteed to win yourself some brownie points. You might even get an opportunity to progress within the company or work in a totally different area — both are great ways to scratch that boredom itch.
It Suits Your Long Term Goals
Making connections, learning new skills and developing experience, experiencing salary or career growth are all good reasons to stay put. Think about whether or not you really hate your job or if you’re just having a rough patch. If you act too rashly, you could find yourself struggling with some serious regrets.
But Head for the Hills When…
Of course there are plenty of times when you should pay attention to the warning signs, pick up your sticks and get out of Dodge. It might be time to brush up your resume and quit your job if you have noticed an extended period of any of these danger signs.
You Can’t Stop Dragging Your Feet
Sunday night races past and already it is Monday morning. If the thought of heading into work seems like agony and you try to put it off as much as you can, you might benefit from a job change.
You’re More a Procrastinator than a Worker
If you find yourself twiddling your thumbs or putting off work for extended periods of time you probably aren’t very happy at work. There should always be aspects of your job that you enjoy doing and look forward to getting stuck into and completing.
You’re Sick of Your Job – Literally
Your health is one of the most valuable things you possess. If you throw it away, sometimes it can stay gone for good. A lot of sick days or dangerous coping mechanisms such as drug or alcohol abuse can wreak havoc on your health and put you in danger of health complications down the line. Know when to say “enough is enough” and look for a job that doesn’t put your health at risk.
You’re Always Complaining
Some people like to moan about their job. Their annoying boss, their loud co-worker Brenda or an infuriating customer. That’s okay. When it becomes the first thing out of your mouth anytime work comes up though, it might be time to quit your job.
There is nothing inherently wrong with being overqualified for your job. You might be really happy taking a step back. But, if you’re frustrated that you’re not learning much from your day-to-day experience and your ability to move through the company is also limited, it may be time to move. If your boss appreciated your strengths and skills, you wouldn’t be stuck in a position where you’re not using them. Address this with them and give them an opportunity to respond before making any decisions but if you’re still feeling unappreciated, it’s likely in your best interest to find somewhere that does.
There’s No Room for Advancement
If you’re looking for ways to improve yourself, your position or your standing in the industry but your current job can’t give you that opportunity, it may be time to look for somewhere you can grow with the company. Don’t get caught working in the definition of a dead end job watching your career fly by.
The Work Environment or Company Culture is Awful
Toxic work environments or company cultures can kill career dreams. Teams that have switched off, bad managers and crazy policies can stunt your growth and make you question why you took the job in the first place. Look for somewhere you can learn and grow while feeling supported. Avoid places that turn a blind eye to (or even encourage) bullying.
Getting a sense of the company culture before taking the job is crucial. Try to establish how engaged their existing employees are in their work and how the company supports and invests in their staff. Following companies you’re interested in working for and adding them to your JobGetter Job Network is a great way to get a backstage pass into their organisation and decide if it’s a fit for you before applying.
You’re Constantly Justifying It
If you find yourself having to constantly justify the job to yourself, it might be time to walk away. Think about what it is you’re justifying. Does that one thing really outweigh the bad pay / bad bosses / bullies / low expectations / non-existent mentoring / zero growth? Can the thing keeping you here can be found at any other business?
The Job Doesn’t Align with Your Values
Don’t stay if you’re constantly butting heads with your boss because you believe the business should do something a different way. Values differ from person to person. Maybe you want to start work a little later or change your hours to pick up your children, but you aren’t getting the support you need from your leadership. Finding an employer who shares your values is important in building trust and respect between employees and managers. If flexibility, for example, is really that important to you, find an organisation that values it.
Your Job Is Giving You Anxiety
Workplace anxiety is on the rise in Australia. If you are experiencing panic attacks or finding work to be highly stressful it might be time to look for a new job. Issues relating to workplace stress can be long lasting and affect other aspects of your life like your relationships. While some aspects of workplace anxiety can be dealt with, in a truly bad situation, it is often better to give your mind a rest and seek a better employer.
The Status Quo Never Changes
If you’ve worked at the same job for three years or so and you haven’t had any major change to your role, position, pay or duties you might be in a rut. Doing the same thing day after day can make it hard to feel good or get excited about work. Don’t be afraid to take you talents elsewhere. Especially if you’ve already spoken to manager about opportunities to progress.
You’re Not Learning
When you go to a new company, you want to be able to tell them what skills you used at your last job. If you worked with a company for two years and only used what you already knew on day dot, that’s not a strong indicator that you’re an innovative thinker or adaptable. Make sure you’re learning the new ways your company is doing things to help you prepare for industry changes. A company that’s stuck in the past can actually be a good opportunity for you. Use it to show yourself as an innovator that brings fresh ideas and positive changes. If they don’t like it, at least you’ll have updated your skillset for your next job.
The Business Is Going Under
If you know the company is circling the drain and it’s clear the writing’s on the wall, start getting your resume ready. This can be difficult to gauge because all businesses go through ups and downs. You need to be careful you’re not jumping ship when they need you the most. At the same time, you need to do what’s best for you.
Keep doing your job by all means, you don’t want to burn bridges by letting your productivity drop because you’ve lost faith but you want to prepare for all scenarios. If you work for a big company where redundancies are on the horizon, it may be best to leave early. By getting out before everyone else hits the job market you’ll avoid competing int a bigger talent pool.
No matter what, make sure you’re pushing for your dream job. Whether that’s something flexible that gives you the optimal work-life balance, or it’s a career-making opportunity that takes you to the top of your field, keep striving for the job you want. If you decide to stay in your current job, see what other lessons, experiences or relationships you can take away from the opportunity before you leave. If you choose to quit your job, keep in mind what is important to you and make sure you can find it with your future employer.
When to Quit Your Job: Making the Choice That’s Right for You
Employers don’t like job hoppers. People who bounce around from job to job to job. BUT no employer is keeping their employees for 40 years and a gold watch anymore either. You need to balance being a desireable employee with taking care of your own job priorities. Better to quit your job and find something you love and suits you than sit and stagnate.
At the end of the day, you want to work somewhere that makes you feel like you are making a difference and helping you achieve your work or life goals.
Have Your Say
What’s the worst experience that made you quit your job? One that made you finally say, “Nup! No more!” Let me know in the comments below…
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