4 Signs It’s Time To Quit Your Job
I’m sure you’ve been thinking about quitting your job before the news started writing about The Great Resignation. We’ve been stuck in low paying jobs, doing the work of three or more people for quite a while now. The Great Pause of 2020 allowed for us to remove those rose-colored glasses on corporate America. It finally helped us realize that not only is there more to life than work, but we can do our jobs from home or on our schedule. We no longer have to be asked about how our matrix-forced weekend was at the start of every week!
I know that every situation is different. People or family members might depend on you. Quitting your job is never easy, but if I can help identify some toxic red flags, hopefully this will inspire you to start making a back-up plan. You have my full support, no matter what stage of the job quitting journey you’re on.
If you’ve been thinking about quitting your job but need a list to make sure you’re at that breaking point, look no further. Here are 4 signs it’s time to quit your current job and find the lovely life you want.
It’s Time To Quit Your Job If You’re Constantly Burnt Out
Burn-out is real. If there’s no work-life-balance, or you can’t put up a boundary at your current job, it may be time to start looking for a new one. Boundaries are important in all relationships. Even and especially at work. I’ve worked at places where I didn’t realize I was depressed until a full year after the fact. If you’re the one doing all the work, it’s time to change that. Either establish new boundaries or find somewhere else that lets you define and adjust those boundaries as needed.
If the weight of the world is heavier, if you find yourself complaining or even participating more in gossip, you’re actually burnt-out. These are signs you’re looking for meaning and can’t seem to define it. It’s because you’re burnt-out, and you’ve been carrying all the weight alone. Talk to your manager about it, divide and conquer. If you don’t get the support you’re looking for, it’s time to leave hunny.
Quit Your Job If There’s A Lack Of Appreciation & Support
You don’t need a gold star for everything you do but if the first time you’re hearing how great you are is when you put in your two-weeks notice, that’s a sign you made the right call. If your name isn’t coming up in presentations but other team members from your department are getting the credit, or if you haven’t gotten a raise or promotion in over a year, it’s time to leave.
I’ve spent many jobs tirelessly trying to prove my worth. Constantly going above and beyond, just to get a group mention. If you’re the one that’s putting the time in and no one is noticing, it’s time to go. If people say those at the top notice but you never actually hear it from them, it’s time to go. Stop trying to prove your worth. Stop debating a title change or a basic cost-of-living raise. Find another job, get a new title, and even more than a 40% raise, just based on your skills and experience.
Leave If The Company Is Not Aligned With Your Values
I once took a class in college that warned us about jobs that make you live two separate lives. If you’re not comfortable voicing your beliefs or standing up for something on social media because you’re afraid of what your coworkers are going to say or that you might get fired, it’s time to find a new job. You shouldn’t have to silence your voice just because you’re afraid you’re going to get fired from it.
Odds are, the things you believe in, are basic human rights. If you’re getting push back for raising your hand for diversity and inclusion, health related concerns, or basic political matters that shouldn’t even be political (they’re really just basic human rights), then you need a new environment. Dividing your beliefs to defend your corporate identity creates a toxic environment for yourself. It’s not worth it love, find somewhere that aligns with your values.
You’re No Longer Learning New Things or Skills At Your Job
If you’re dreading going to work every day, like to the point where you don’t want to get out of bed in the morning, you might not be where you’re meant to be anymore. If you’re constantly dissociating or you’re flat out bored, it’s time to find a new job. If you aren’t learning new things or you’re unable to use your strategic skill set in this current position because of managerial or project management reasons, it’s time to quit your job. Find somewhere that stimulates your curiosity, a sense of purpose, and helps you learn something that can benefit your own business venture in the future.
Often times, we confuse comfortable and stagnant. If you worked your ass off to get to where you are and are happy there, stay there. If the job you’re currently at is only a transition job or you need a break from a previous place of employment that just drained you out completely, it’s okay to use this job as a pit stop. Just make sure you don’t stay there forever. You deserve a lovely life, especially in your career.