5 Signs it’s Time to Quit Your Job
Quitting your job is an important decision that should not be taken lightly, but if you find yourself unhappy with your current position, consider the reasons. Are you trapped in a negative workplace? Have you lost your work-life balance? We compiled five signs that it’s time to quit your job below. If you find yourself identifying with any of these, it’s probably time for a major career move.
#1 You Dread Going to Work
There’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning, especially on a Monday, and thinking, I can’t believe I have to do this all over again. If you’re feeling this way, there’s a reason for it. Whether you’re no longer passionate about your industry or you’ve been stuck in the same position too long, you need a new job.
#2 You Aren’t Using Your Skills
It’s a long-standing cliché that most people who pursue an education don’t end up utilizing those skills in the workplace. Those who major in English inevitably go on to work in Marketing or Advertising. But there’s a difference between not working in the field you expected and not utilizing the professional skills you’ve developed in the workplace.
If you feel that your current position isn’t tapping into your skills, there’s a good chance it’s not only affecting your happiness, but also your professional development. For example, if you’re personable and patient, but aren’t getting the management experience to tap into those skills, it’s time to consider moving to a different position or company.
#3 You’ve Lost Your Work-Life Balance
Work is important, that much is obvious, but so is your personal life. Overworked employees are unhappy employees. Working too much can cause stress that affects your mental and physical health, and can ultimately lead to poor performance at work. If you don’t have a strong work-life balance, consider a less stressful and demanding position.
#4 Your Performance is Suffering
There’s nothing worse than having a bad job than being bad at your bad job. As is the case with most struggling employees—it’s usually not your fault. A lack of training, a lack of management, and a lack of resources can reduce a productive, hard-working employee into an employee on probation.
Really take a hard look at which aspects of your performance are being called into question. Are there areas where you could actually improve, or are the expectations for your performance unrealistic? If you honestly believe the latter, consider a new position at a better-organized and more professional company.
#5 Your Workplace is a Negative Environment
Even if you love your job, and you enjoy your coworkers and the work itself, negativity from upper management, or disputes with someone you work closely with, can turn a great situation into one you need to escape. When this kind of stress comes along, there’s usually not much you can do. Talking to HR, filing complaints, or trying to work out your problems with negative people only leads to more negativity.
If your workplace is saturated in unconstructive negative feedback, unrealistic expectations, or unprofessional company behavior, start applying for a new position that values you for your personality and work ethic.
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