We all have had bad days at work. It happens. However, when your bad day turns into bad weeks or bad chunks of time at work it might be time to start thinking about whether the problem is with us, the problem will resolve itself and pass or it is time to quit our job and move on.
When to quit your job? Here are the 18 signs to know when to quit your job.
- Your pay is not keeping up with industry standards
- You feel like a number
- You are not appreciated
- Your talents are not being used
- You are a clock watcher
- Your input is ignored
- You dread any communication from your boss
- You feel like you can’t win
- Nothing you do is ever enough
- Everything always feels so overwhelming
- You’re constantly bored
- You are too comfortable
- The work environment is toxic
- You can not laugh out loud at work
- You bring negative energy home from work
- You do not share the company’s values
- You are not following your passion
- You just know
18 Signs to know when to quit your job
Check out the list of signs it is time to quit your job below. While you are reading think about your own situation. How many of these signs do you directly relate to? Are the ones you relate to recent or has this been how you have felt for a while?
If your discontent numbers in the months instead of days and there are multiple reasons on this list that is true for, it may be time to pack up and go.
1. Your pay is not keeping up with industry standards
Although pay is not everything and there are many other ways to determine if a person has a good job, or at least one that provides personal satisfaction, the pay is certainly something.
If you know that others with your same job description or with similar duties are making significantly more within your company or on the open market it might be time to think of making a switch.
If money is one of your major issues you might want to start by asking management for a raise.
However, if asking for a raise is met with stony silence or excuses, it might be time to move on.
If you like your job but want more money, but your organization feels they do not have any extra in the budget you can always look for and secure a new job with better pay but before leaving take the offer to HR to see if they can match or beat the offer.
2. You feel like a number
Do you feel like you are a recognized individual or just like another number? Perhaps management has even made comments like specific employees or positions being a dime a dozen.
If you feel unrecognized and completely unimportant to your company it may not be a healthy place for you to remain.
Most people are not happy without a certain amount of recognition. Do you desire recognition or does how others look at you and treat you not matter in the grand scheme of things?
This is something to think about when judging how you really feel about your workplace.
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3. You are not appreciated
Have you ever heard phrases at work such as “Thank-you” or “Good Job”? Are your direct supervisors appreciative of you and your hard work? Do they express it to you directly? Do they let your peers and their bosses also know what a good job you are doing?
Or is it difficult to remember the last time your bosses or even your equals have shown any appreciation towards you?
Yes, you get paid to be there, and to complete a job and complete it well-that does not mean you should feel underappreciated, or worse, as a punching bag for a bunch of unhappy people.
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4. Your talents are not being used
There are many reasons that people feel like their talents are not being used at work. For instance, maybe you spend all day doing busy work that is far below your talents because the other employees do not have time or the skills to complete this easy work.
Sometimes when one person is good at their job, they get abused into doing multiple positions for one low price.
Maybe you have even reached out to your bosses for more complex assignments, and they never get back to you.
5. You are a clock watcher
Do you spend your days looking at the clock? Have you counted down the hours or even the minute until you can go home? Are you in a constant state of countdown mode – countdown to break, lunch, end of day, end of the week? This is a serious sign that you are not happy in your current position.
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6. Your input is ignored
You are a dedicated employee, and you have ideas on how to make things run more smoothly. This is your job or career, and you have ideas.
But every time you give your input it is clearly not wanted. They may humor you and listen to what you have to say, cut you off when you are talking, or ever laugh at your ideas.
Regardless of the reaction, nothing ever comes of anything you suggest.
7. You dread any communication from your boss
Do you cringe every time you see your boss’s name pop up on your email, phone, or other communications like Microsoft Teams, internal chat messengers, or the like? Do you dread talking to your boss or even seeing them? Are they miserable, and you feel drained after each instance of communication with them?
Is this someone you think you can continue to work with for the foreseeable future, the next years, or years to come?
8. You feel like you can’t win
No matter what you do, you are always made to feel like you are wrong. Most people need to work to make a living and pay bills. However, that does not mean we need to feel like we are constantly pushing a boulder uphill and are always fighting a losing battle.
For example if you need to ask your boss a question, and you know you can get the answer you want by pretending you want the opposite answer there is a huge problem.
9. Nothing you do is ever enough
No matter how much you accomplish, it is never enough. You are at the top of your team. Your knowledge in the industry you are in is top-notch. You do more work than everyone else. You are productive, friendly, and efficient.
But your boss always expects more from you. No matter what you do, it is never enough. Have you felt like this before?
Is it a reasonable feeling from your boss – like good job, now that we have accomplished this, we can move our focus over here – or is it an overwhelming and negative feeling where who care what you did, you can do better and in fact, you need to do better?
Understand which one it is because we can all do better, learn more, etc. However, it matters how it makes you feel. If you feel like you are not good enough or that your boss has unreasonable expectations you may either need to find a way out or discuss this huge red flag with your boss.
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10. Everything always feels so overwhelming
Sometimes we really do have overwhelming jobs – or at least periods that are more overwhelming than others.
For instance, a specific time of the day, month or year might be a busier and more overwhelming period for us. This can also be true if we have new staff to train, lots of vacation to cover or our company either is in the middle of a merge with another company, or they just acquired another company.
These are completely acceptable reasons to feel overwhelmed and the problem may not be the entire job.
However, if you feel overwhelmed all the time, even over the smallest things and this is a newer feeling, you need to think about that. You will know whether small things make you feel overwhelmed in your everyday life or this only happens at work.
If you can not cope with anything at work and everything brings you stress and tension, it could be the job and not you.
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11. You’re constantly bored
Perhaps it is the opposite. You are bored. Always. Every day. You could do your job in your sleep. Nothing is a challenge to you. You never need to push yourself, problem-solve, or stop and think about just about anything at work. It has become dreadfully boring.
12. You are too comfortable
You know your job. Everyone knows who you are because you have become a fixture in your company or office. You are not afraid of anything. Change is fine, because you have been through it before.
You know they will not fire you regardless of how often you call in, how you dress, speak or act – you have become overwhelmingly comfortable with your work and surroundings.
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13. The work environment is toxic
There is nothing worse than a toxic work environment. The toxicity can come in many forms.
For instance, your boss or upper management can be dismissive or outwardly rude. Some work environments have screaming matches, demeaning employees, people without any filters, people who constantly complain and spread their negativity to others, and let’s not forget the office gossip mill. There are many ways an office can be toxic.
If you have to survive in a negative environment for 8 hours or more a day it is going to negatively impact you. There is no good reason to continue to subject yourself to this type of environment if finding work elsewhere is possible.
14. You can not laugh out loud at work
I know that this might go with the whole toxic and hostile work environment, but it is a little different. If you literally laughed out loud at work what would the reaction be? Would you get dirty looks? Would your boss call to ask why you are not actively working?
Yes, you are a work, but you need to be able to be yourself. No one works for 8 hours straight without any mental health breaks. You should not have a job where any expression of joy or happiness is not only looked down upon but judged or even punished.
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15. You bring negative energy home from work
Your workplace is a cesspool of negativity, and you can not shake it off at the end of the day. You leave work as quickly as you can in the evening but are bogged down with negative emotions and feelings.
If you live with others, you take your bad mood out on them. You spend hours thinking about work when you are not on the clock. It takes forever to unwind from work, sometimes it is not until you go to bed at night.
Work should not be all consuming. You should be able to walk away at the end of each day with minimal interference in your thoughts and feelings. If you can not, you need to ask yourself why. Is there anyway for you to leave it at the door?
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Have you ever received emails or other communications from your company asking for support in a matter in which you feel the opposite?
For instance, maybe you work for a large company that utilizes lobbyists to push their agenda. However, their agenda completely is at odds with your viewpoints on the same subject.
Sometimes we deal with this as they may be the best game in town, and you need this income. However, if you and your companies values and goals are world apart it may be time for a change.
17. You are not following your passion
When you got your job you may have been a different person, or you may have thought this would only be temporary.
However, as time has slipped on by you have been in your position for far longer than you thought, and you are not doing anything with your life that you truly love.
If you have a specific passion that is just not being met at work you might not only want to change companies, but you might consider changing industries or even starting your own business.
18. You just know
Sometimes you just do not need a list. Lists can be helpful, they can put your thoughts and feelings in black and white and allow you to see what you have always known to be true.
If you are reading this article you probably already know that it is time to move on, but we’re hoping you were wrong.
You are probably not wrong. Sometimes you just need to trust your gut. If your intuition says it is time to go, maybe you should.
Leaving a job can be a big decision for many people so of course, you should spend an appropriate time thinking about it. What you be losing? What will you possibly gain? What is the right choice for you? Think about it, think about your gut and the rest of this list, and decide what it is that you want to do moving forward. Share your thoughts on 18 Signs to know when to quit your job.
Bijay is an entrepreneur and start-up founder having more than 14 years of IT industry experience. He is the co-founder of TSInfo Technologies, a SharePoint development company.
A dedicated professional and very passionate about public speaking and also wrote thousands of technical blogs in various technologies. He also wrote a lots of blogs on entrepreneurship, investment, startup, business, manage money tips, etc.