Ten Signs When It Is Really Time to Quit

By: Tatiana Varenik

It is great when people love what they do; when they enjoy working with co-workers; when they are in a good mood, because it is Monday and it means new work week starts. Unfortunately a lot of people hate their jobs because of an idiot boss or creepy co-workers or there might be other reasons. If you are feeling increasingly unhappy about your job, maybe it is a time for you to quit.

Quitting your job is definitely something you should think long and hard about. It generally has a big impact on your life, and you should therefore give it careful consideration.

Here are 10 signs indicating that it’s time to quit your job:

  1. Health complications. When your job is making you sick, when stress-related illness like depression, migraines or frequent infections are taking over on your physical health, this is a definite sign that your current job is not working for you. If your health is suffering, your job may not be worth it.

  2. You’re too bored. Some people need a challenge. If your work seems too repetitive, if it’s not challenging you and not allowing you to use the skills you’ve developed, it may be a hindrance in the long-term.

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  3. You’re not valued. Your ideas aren’t taken seriously; there are no opportunities for advancement; the boss ignores you; you don’t get to sit in on important meetings and you feel your work doesn’t make much of a difference. Recognition is important, and good companies implement programs to let employees know they are valued. Unfortunately, 43% of workers do not feel appreciated, and 25% feel that they are just a “number” within their organization. If you never received positive feedback from your boss, think about finding a company that will value your talents.

  4. You hate going to work every day. How many people wake up each day dreading going to work? Think for a moment, we spend almost half of our life at work. It is a lot of time to afford doing something you hate. If the job is not meeting your needs, try to get out of the rut you’re in and start doing something you love.

  5. No room for advancement. If you are a goal-seeking person, like challenges and want to see yourself go up career stairs, observe the company practices in this area. An environment that offers no room for you to move up or take on more responsibility, no rewards and no promotions, then, it is not a good place for you.

  6. You can’t stand your boss. Your relationship with your manager plays a big role in your overall professional success and happiness. Even the best job can be terrible if your boss is a jerk. If you can’t stand your boss, it’s time to look for a better supervisor and a better opportunity.

  7. Your co-workers drive you crazy. A little disagreement that turns into a small spat can be worked through. But what if you’ve had a spat with a co-worker that escalated into more of a fight, the entire office knows and you had to have a manager mediate the conflict.  What if your colleagues are distracting you, irritating you, offending you, talking loudly on the phone or coming to your desk to gossip? If your co-workers drive you crazy, it’s probably a good sign you should start job hunting.

  8. The company is in trouble. You should pay attention to what’s going on at your company. A company that is constantly changing leadership, reorganizing, downsizing and cutting budget may not be a good long-term choice.

  9. You’re burned out. Many of us have too little vacation. Without a good break from work and with too much accumulation of stress your mind and body begin to show the signs of burn out. Once in a while we all fill exhausted, but if there’s no end in sight, do yourself a favor and see what else is out there.

  10. Your life situation has changed. Life changes. If you realized that you are not spending enough time with your family or maybe features of your job (traveling, stress, paycheck, etc.) is not suit you any more, think about finding a new one. Reconsider what you’re doing to match what you need out of life.

There are so many people who hate their jobs and, then, you see them a year later and they are still there, and still unhappy. If you know what your preferences and priorities are and actively seek them, work can be an enjoyable experience. Don’t just complain and do nothing about it, get up and find your dream job.



About Amr Badran

An Egyptian Business Consultant and Corporate Trainer since 1997. I've trained on Management, Leadership and Soft Skills to thousands of people from many nationalities, backgrounds and professions in more than 10 countries across the Middle and Far East. I've also provided my consultancy service for issues of Strategic Planning, Marketing, Sales and Capacity Building. Holder of an MBA and a Candidate for Doctorate in Business. Find more about my Management and Personal Skills Courses at AmrBadran.com and feel free contacting me at Amr@AmrBadran.com
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