7 Signs it’s Time to Quit

Everybody has a bad day at work at one time or another, whether that be due to an increased workload, personal problems or an altercation with a colleague. Often these issues can be resolved quickly, but if you are finding yourself feeling consistently negative, unfulfilled or unhappy it might be time to move onto something newer and more exciting. 


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If you’re on the fence about whether it’s time to quit, take note of these hints that might be pointing you towards the exit sign.


You are no longer stimulated by your work

Most people like to feel challenged at work and take on new training opportunities that help them to develop in their careers, but if you are regularly just going through the motions and feel as if you could do your job with your eyes closed, then it may be an indication that you need something more stimulating and that gives you more responsibility. However, feeling completely comfortable in your role may not necessarily mean that you’ve reached the top, it could be a sign that you are idly waiting for a change rather than grabbing the wheel for yourself. Listen to those restless, bored thoughts – especially if you are procrastinating more than usual.


You dread going to work

If it is Monday morning and you are already wishing it was 5 pm on Friday, it sounds like you might be hating every second you are at work. Post-holiday or birthday work blues are definitely real for everybody and it’s normal to want an extra day to dedicate to your bed, but never wanting to go to work is a big sign that you are discontent with your job. It means you are no longer passionate about what you do, and rather are just going through the motions to survive the days – which will inevitably lead to burnout and a deteriorating mental health state. Whatever the reason for hating going to work, if the issue can’t be solved then this is a big sign that it’s time to quit.


The office environment is negative

Your work colleagues are irritating, offend and distract you, talk loudly and gossip in your ear. Does this sound familiar? A positive working culture is extremely important to job satisfaction considering how many hours are typically spent at work, therefore an unhealthy environment might be contributing to the feeling that it is time to move on. It is important, however, to identify whether the environment appears negative because of other preexisting internal feelings you are holding towards your job, or whether it is a main factor in your unhappiness. Sometimes a little team-building to reconnect with your colleagues can help relieve tension, but if all avenues have been explored and toxicity is ruining your days, finding a new role might be the best option.


You are mentally exhausted

Having to take lots of time off to recuperate from your job and feeling mentally and physically drained at the end of each day is not healthy. Intense stress at work is of course to be expected sometimes during busy periods and around important deadlines, however your job should not cost you your wellness at any stage of your life. It may be worth taking some time to try to balance your work-home life more effectively to see if this improves your mental state – your employer may be able to offer support through flexibility or resources. In the case where this doesn’t happen, your work should not take priority over your condition.


You are not valued

It is important that you are making a valuable contribution to your company, whatever your role may be within the team. It can, however, prove to be highly demotivating and disappointing when your employer does not provide any form of recognition or reward for the hard work that has been put in. If you are being continually under appreciated this may be a sign that your boss has little interest in your career progression or your contributions and therefore is unlikely to provide any opportunities for the future – unless you threaten to leave. Having to beg for respect is a sign that you are highly likely to better enjoyment somewhere else.


You complain a lot to others

Constantly complaining to those around you about your job and the people you work with suggests that you are very unhappy. Think about your most common conversations – do they revolve around your job and how much you it bothers you? You might be using communication as a way to relieve stress and get things off your chest, but putting your negative feelings onto other people can eventually prove to be unhealthy for them, too. Rather than talking about what you dislike about your job, it may be time to do something about it and make a change.


You are searching for reasons to justify your job

On the other hand, rather than complaining about your work, you might be finding yourself making excuses as to why you’re still there enduring the bad days. For example, saying things like “the pay is awful and I don’t enjoy the job, but the people I work with are nice” suggests there are more aspects to grumble about than praise and you’d much enjoy working somewhere else. It is important not to make too many excuses for your employer because they may take advantage of this. Instead, weigh up the pros and cons of the job which may help you realise it isn’t right for you.


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