Sometimes, things just don’t work out and it’s time to move on. Sometimes, it’s a lot more complex. Either way, sometimes, you just have to quit your job and move on.
Here are 10 scenarios when it’s absolutely critical to quit your job:
DISCLAIMER: This advice is provided as a means to inspire a rational thought-process. It is not meant to evoke an emotional decision that could destroy you professionally and financially. Before quitting any job, be sure you’ve prepared financially and be sure to give your employer proper notice.
With that said, let’s get on with it:
1. You Hate Your Job:
There’s a difference between strongly disliking your job and hating your job. Hating your job is having a ‘Case of the Monday’s’ every day. Hating your job is going to sleep angry and waking up the next morning even more angry as you face the harsh reality of what you are about to endure for 8-12 hours. If you truly hate your job, you need to quit and find a new one.
2. You Hate Your Boss:
Does your boss disrespect you? Does he/she constantly take credit for your work in a way in which you’ll never advance because someone else is constantly taking credit for your hard work? If so, it’s time to move on.
3. You Don’t Get Along With Your Co-Workers:
If you can look yourself in the mirror and honestly say that you’re a reasonable human being who is willing to resolve conflicts with reasonable people, yet they are unwilling to resolve conflicts with you, then it is time to move on. Very rarely are people ever able to mend fences with colleagues and co-workers they don’t get along with. Many people bring the baggage of jealousy and a mean-spirited sense of competition to the workplace that defines their character. It’s a lack of integrity and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. Sometimes, it’s best to just cut your losses.
4. Your Company Doesn’t Value Its Employees:
Is your company constantly releasing record-breaking quarterly profits but hasn’t given you a raise in a decade, if ever? Or perhaps your company institutes silly rules like clean desk policies. In either event, these actions illustrate a total lack of value for employees. Jump ship now before the captain takes you down with the rest of the ship.
5. You’re Overworked and Underpaid:
Everybody wants a raise and everybody feels like they deserve more money. No one deserves anything. In the case of work wages, your income is based on your experience, value, and market factors. If you’ve used a salary calculator (salary.com, payscale.com, glassdoor.com) and have determined that you’re overworked and underpaid, then finding a new job is a perfectly suitable option. After all, slavery ended in America in 1865.
6. No Room for Advancement:
Why work so hard if there isn’t room for growth and advancement within your company? If you’re early in your career and you need to gain experience, that’s one thing. However, once you pass the point of proving yourself, if there isn’t room for advancement it’s time to exit immediately.
7. Your Business is on the Decline:
Is your company constantly re-evaluating the budget? Do they have a history of annual layoffs? Are they constantly penny-pinching about petty things like printing too much paper? If so, your business is on the decline and instead of waiting around to be laid off or never receive a raise, it’s best to quit before they bring you down along with them.
8. You’re Unfulfilled:
Being unfulfilled in a job is like being unfulfilled in a marriage, and what happens when you’re unfulfilled in a marriage? You get a divorce and separate. Sometimes that approach needs to be adopted with your job as well.
9. Things Have Become Monotonous:
No one likes going through the same mundane and monotonous process everyday. After all, we’re human beings. We’re not machines. Once your job gets to the point of being monotonous, it’s time to move on, because a monotonous job will never lead to increased experience, pay raises and advancements.
10. You’ve Got a Better Job Offer Somewhere Else:
In this day and age, thanks to the Internet and job posting sites like Monster, Career Builder, and Indeed, employees are constantly bombarded with opportunities to jump ship. Another job offer is just an email or a click away. If you’re in a position where you receive a better job offer, take it. This seems like the obvious choice, but often times employees let the brainwashing of things like “job loyalty” get in the way of them making a choice that’s better for their lives, their career, and their families, and in the end, those three things are all that matter.
About the author
Michael Price is the author of What Next? The Millennial’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the Real World, endorsed by Barbara Corcoran of ABC’s Shark Tank. He is also the founder of Conquer Career Course, where he teaches students how to increase their salary, build a career with longevity and become unemployment-proof. View the trailer below:
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