Should I quit my job? How to know when it’s time to go•
In the vast majority of situations, you know in your gut when it’s time to quit your job. And as hard as that truth is already to face, sometimes the situation is further complicated by the fact that either you’ve been working at your current company for a long time and you have relationships with your coworkers that make it tough to let go, or maybe you’ve only been there for a short time and feel bad (for them and for your own hire-ability) about leaving so soon.
Whatever the situation, if you’ve been getting a nagging feeling inside that it’s time to start looking for greener (job) pastures, but are looking for just a little validation – ask yourself how many of the below scenarios feel relatable to you. To be fair there are actually up to 16 different reasons that people quit their jobs, however, when you’re the one actually stuck in that predicament and asking yourself “should I quit my job?”, just having a reason (or a few) to quit isn’t enough. If one or more of these scenarios apply to you, hear it from us: quitting and moving on might truly be your best option.
You’re walking on eggshells
Did you know that one in five employees describe their workplace as hostile? Walking on eggshells, or that feeling like you have to be super careful with every little word or action, is a classic sign of a hostile or toxic workplace. If you have to tiptoe cautiously around the workplace to avoid explosions from a coworker (you know the one) or even your manager, and you’ve tried to resolve it but gotten nowhere, it’s time to find an employer who can create and maintain the kind of environment that feels good.
You’ve already quit – you just haven’t quit yet
When you started in your current role, you were great. You burned the candle at both ends, competed with your peers to bring the best ideas and best results, and voluntarily passed on events in your personal life to show your boss how dedicated you were to your role. But now things are different…you show up, sure. But you’re constantly doing only the bare minimum to slide through the day. Maybe you even play Candy Crush when the boss isn’t looking or duck out a few minutes early at the end of the day. You do your job but you’re not doing it justice, not the way you used to.
It’s called presenteeism and it’s associated with disengagement. Disengaged employees hurt those around them and it’s a huge sign that you’re not where you should be. If you’ve quit (but you haven’t actually quit yet), it’s time to go. Don’t risk your reputation for a job that isn’t a fit.
You dread going to work in the morning
Even if you’re settled into what you would consider a pretty decent (or even dream!) job, there will be mornings you’re not excited to go to work and that’s a fact of life.
However, if you’ve found that this lack of excitement about going into work has become a regular, ongoing and increasingly bothersome thing, that’s a bad sign. And if that lack of excitement evolves into constant anxiety and dread – especially dread that creeps into your mind the night before work, like on a Sunday night before the ever-hated Monday morning – it truly might be time to find a position that’s better for your mental health and soul.
It’s too late to forgive and forget
Sometimes work situations cause hurt and resentment that just doesn’t go away (or that we don’t want to go away). Maybe you were passed up for a promotion or your manager handled a difficult situation poorly, or maybe some person or persons in the organization have done questionable things that go against your personal values, and you’re still hanging onto those negative emotions. Emotions are complicated.
Ask yourself, “Do I want to move past this?” If you want to, it’s likely you can do that with a few tough conversations and commitment to forgiveness. But sometimes, even with the best of intentions, you might find that there really is no resolution for the hurt and resentment that your current company has caused you. In that case, it might be best for you to simply accept the feelings that you have about the situation – no matter how negative or disappointing – and move on. And indeed, that’s your cue to quit your job and find another company to work for.
Linda Le Phan is the Senior Content Marketing Manager at kununu US, a place where job seekers can get an authentic view of life at a company and where employers have a trusted platform to better engage talent. When she’s not creating content about the modern workplace, company culture, and life & work hacks, she is probably going out to get an iced coffee (even in Boston winter), raiding the snack drawer, or jamming to kununu’s Spotify playlist.