6 Warning Signs You Should Quit Your Job ASAP
Have you been daydreaming a lot lately about quitting your job? Have you exhausted all your options to improve the situation? Do you dread going to work?
There are legitimate reasons to quit and some are more urgent than others:
You hate your job: If you detest your job and have been doing it for a while, it’s likely draining your self-esteem and robbing you of a happy and productive personal life. It’s hard to grow and stay engaged with your career in these conditions and you’re just marking time. Let it go and move on.
Your job is making you sick: If you aren’t sleeping or eating right and are feeling down, this job is risking your health and it’s literally time to go….NOW. Your health is more important than any position and you need to address it before things get worse.
Your boss is a bully: You’ve tried to reason with him/her and maybe even tried changing your shift or department, but you haven’t managed to get away from your boss, who’s never satisfied and never has a kind word. In fact, you avoid him/her at all costs. This kind of negative behavior will suck the life out of you and keep you from moving ahead in your career. Move on.
Your colleagues are toxic: You’re surrounded by people who are unhappy and complaining at every opportunity. You find yourself listening to negativity during your entire shift and are so drained by it that you drag yourself home every day, exhausted.
Your gut is telling you to quit: Don’t discount those gut feelings. Your body is telling you that something is off and if you’re trying to ignore it... Don’t. Often, the best way to make decisions is to listen to your gut.
You find yourself venting to anyone who will listen: If you find yourself complaining constantly and obsessing about how awful your job is, it’s clearly consuming your personal time - and not in a good way. Your job should be more positive than negative and not poison your time away from work.
The company culture is not a fit for you: You’ve tried to fit in and get on-board with the culture at work, but it never seems to work. You always feel left out and don’t connect with any of your co-workers. If there is unethical or immoral behavior going on, you cannot thrive in that situation. Move on quickly.
Your department is being downsized: If your team or function is becoming marginalized, it’s time to go. Don’t wait – it’s likely the company will not invest in your future advancement. You’re better off finding a company where your experience and skills are being utilized.
The company has very high turnover: If the work-life balance is off and people are forever being asked to work double-shifts, unexpected holidays and weekends, a lot of people will move on. If you find that no one stays at your company for long, it’s probably a management problem and you won’t be immune to its effects.
The company is failing: As soon as you determine that the company is facing financial trouble or is planning a company-wide layoff, it’s time to make your move. Don’t become a casualty by waiting too long to find another position.
If you find than any of these reasons ring true for you, it’s time to make a change. Leave gracefully and without burning any bridges. You still need good references, especially in today’s world of instant communication and social media presence.