While it is unreasonable to expect yourself to be in love with your job at all times, there are certain feelings or thoughts that might be worth noticing. When your job has become something that you dread as opposed to something that you’re grateful for, it’s time for a new line of self-inquiry. So how can you know when to quit your job? It can be difficult to leave behind a familiar line of work for new shores. Let’s take a closer look.
Keep in mind: this is a huge decision! Don’t take it lightly. Do some serious thinking on the matter, and explore resources about healthy workplace practices. Create an understanding of the kind of work environment you would like to be in before you rush towards it. That way, you don’t make hasty decisions without having little idea of how to make it a reality.
You Don’t Get Excited Anymore
When things were fresh and new, you may have relished in each and every accomplishment. If you lean towards tired anguish at the completion of projects as opposed to a little excitement, it could be a sign that resentment is lingering. When we know that a project was good for us, we’re usually more grateful to have completed it. If you know that your job isn’t headed where you want it to go, it isn’t as satisfying when you reach milestones, and it might be a good time to check in with your feelings.
It’s Too Difficult to Work With Others
It’s one thing if you don’t get along with someone on your team specifically. A situation so simple can be chalked up to a need to grow, which is easy when the problem is only with one. However, if you feel as though you are regularly at odds with your team and your boss, it may be time to reconsider your motivations. This doesn’t mean that you should quit after one bad week. Rather, if there has been a long stretch of time with increasingly negative interactions, it may be time to explore other options.
You Are Not Progressing
If you find that your work does not allow you to progress at a healthy pace, it makes sense to have your eye on the horizon. This can refer to personal progress or progress in your profession. If there are no promotions or possible ways to increase your skill set, you may begin to feel stuck and frustrated. This can take a toll on the quality of work you do, as well as your mental health. If you feel as though things are not moving, it may be good to take some time to consider your employment.
You Feel Less Confident, Not More
When you show up each day for something you are not passionate about, it can take a toll on the way you perceive yourself. Further, if you feel as though you aren’t moving forward in your career–yet you have worked tirelessly–you can feel worse about yourself. If your job has made you feel less confident as opposed to more so, you may want to take a closer look at your responsibilities.
You’ve Read This Far
If you agree with all of this enough to read it to completion, you probably resonate with something you’re reading. If you’re happy at your job and in a good place, alarm bells would go off as you read each of these bullet points, and you would likely immediately see the inconsistencies. If you resonate with most, if not all of these points, take some time to think it over.
If you feel like things are repairable at your current workplace, talk to your boss and attempt to create a fair agreement. If you’re sure it’s time to move on, don’t wait! Begin seeking gratifying work with employers that value you as much as the work you do.