How To Know It's Time To Quit Your Job: The 8 Warning Signs

8 Little-Known Signs It's Time to Quit Your Job
by Sacha Doucet
Photos Diana Zapata | December 06, 2016
You’ve rationalized many times over why your job isn’t so bad. It may even sound impressive when you describe it to others. So why do you hate it?
There are plenty of reasons why your job may not be right for you that are perfectly valid. But if you—like us—are just a little too analytical for your own good, here are eight ways to know when it’s time to make a job exodus as soon as possible.

When Your Body Is Saying So

Stress can creep up on you so gradually that you don’t even realize when and how it happened. Your job creates a constant state of back pain, sleep troubles, and an upset stomach. You can’t stop thinking about work and you’re irritable. Things that never bothered you before now seem monumental. What your body might actually be saying is, simply, "I hate my job."

If the common denominator for stress is your job, it’s time to go. No one should sacrifice their physical and mental health for work.

When You’ve Maxed Out Your Learning

Maybe you’ve been at your company for a few years and you feel a sense of pride when new employees look to you for guidance. It’s always great to know the ropes of a job, and you can certainly get satisfaction out of being an expert in your field. 

But maybe that means you’ve maxed out your learning. If you feel bored to tears or take no pride in your knowledge, you should move on and learn something new.
If you feel bored to tears or take no pride in your knowledge, you should move on and learn something new.
Learning new things has been highly correlated with happiness. When you learn something new, you get in “flow” with your personal goals and dreams. Follow the excitement and see where it leads you! Keep learning, it’s easier than you think!  

When Sunday Night Blues Turns Into a Depression

If you’re an office jockey, your mood may look like a veritable line graph as the week progresses. You start on Monday at the lowest of the low, practically crawling into work. Tuesday is no better and, often times, it’s worse. But on Wednesday, your mood starts to brighten a little. By Thursday, you spend half your day googling weekend plans and by Friday, you’re happy to be alive. Low to high, down to up. Every time. 

A lot of people feel down after they’ve had a great weekend and have to go back to work on monday morning. But when it goes from “Ugh, I wish I didn’t have to work tomorrow” to absolute dread, it’s time to go. Life is too short to hang out in a job where all you do is look forward to the weekends.

When You’ve Simply Stopped Caring

No one can be 100 percent efficient, 100 percent of the time. Even if you’re motivated to do something, it’s normal to take a break. In fact, you’re probably more efficient if you take a break—one study shows that the equation of productivity is 52 minutes of work and 17 minutes of rest. Odd numbers, but true.

If it feels like pulling teeth just to complete your basic job description and you do the least amount of work to not get fired, you’ve got a problem. See if there’s a way to spice up your job or move to a different role. If not, it’s best to leave on a high note before your work suffers too much.

When You Don’t Admire the People Above You

Here’s one sure-fire way to know you should change how you spend a quarter (or more) of your week: look at what your manager and higher-ups are doing. It what they do doesn’t appeal to you, then there’s nowhere for you to grow within the company.
...look at what your manager and higher-ups are doing. It what they do doesn’t appeal to you, then there’s nowhere for you to grow within the company.

When the Financial Stability of the Company Becomes Questionable

If you’re in a dying industry, there’s tons of people quitting, or restructuring seems to be happening every quarter, start looking for new work. The company is finding ways to save, and your salary may be next.

When You Feel Undervalued

You worked hard on a project that either greatly improved the company’s position or completely avoided risk, yet no one said thank you. Or maybe you do small things because you want to brighten someone’s day, but now it’s come to be expected.

If your efforts and ideas are undervalued, it’s time to start looking for work that makes you feel better.

WHEN You Read Lists Looking for a Reason to Quit Your Job

Sometimes you get a gut feeling and just know the job isn’t right for you. You can write out all the pros and cons to convince yourself that it’s not so bad but, deep down, it feels like you’re smashing puzzle pieces together to make your job fit with your life.

It’s just not suited for you, and that’s okay.

How did you know when it was time to make a change? Tell us about it in the comments!