How to Know it’s Time to Quit Your Job: Clues & Reasons

People tend to quit their jobs for different reasons. Some of us are underpaid, some of us are undervalued, whereas other simply outgrow and want to try something new. Here are a few signs that you’re experiencing one of these phases.

Adapting to a work environment has become such a tough thing nowadays, for different reasons. Right now, as we’re going through waves of the Covid-19 pandemic, I’m sure a sense of instability has hit all of us. These delicate times are allowing us to appreciate or think about where we’re really spending 8 hours a day, every day! Thoughts on this matter make some of us feel grateful, whereas some of us feel irritated, knowing that we’re one step far from resigning and finally creating some space for us to breathe.

Having worked on a toxic working environment before, I know what it may feel like when you understand that you’re experiencing so much drama, negative feedback and non-validation from your supervisors and fellow colleagues. It hurts even more when you know exactly that you’re doing your absolute best, and you’re having no recognition shown towards your efforts. If this is the scenario you’re currently involved in, I think you know that the time has come for you to reconsider other options and move on to a place where they value your skills a little bit more. 

Sometimes all we really need to do is to stop and get to understand our own value, how much we add to an environment and to what extent we contribute to our workplace, to see if we really are getting the same added values back. Different factors can lead you to differentiate healthy relationships from toxic ones regarding your workplace. Here are a few questions to ask yourself, when in doubt whether to stay or leave:

  1. Am I truly happy here, or has this become my comfort zone, and im too scared to try something new?
  2. Am I learning something from my co-workers, supervisors, and day to day tasks & activities?
  3. Is this job contributing to my life-time goals for the future?
  4. Do I get enough recognition, transparency, validation and positive feedback?
  5. Do I receive constructive or destructive criticism for the work I do?
  6. Is there room for growth and is honesty appreciated within my work environment?
  7. Are recruitment processes and promotion processes fair, and based on performance?
  8. Do I have a salary that is proportionate to my contribution (Yes, do not hesitate to discuss finances! Remember, you’re a staff member not a volunteer)
  9. Would I be staying here, If I had another (financial) alternative?
  10. Is my work-place impacting my mental health and my relationships?
  11. Would I be relieved if I resigned and spoke out what I think about my work-place?

These are only a few of the questions people tend to ask themselves whenever their job becomes too much to handle. However, our situations differ, and there can be other questions you should ask yourself, by tailoring them to your experience.

Sometimes we get so hung up on the toxicity of our work-place, that we forget we have plenty of options out there for us to explore. Remember to breathe from time to time, and to start paying attention to the (maybe) cliché but highly accurate saying: If you don’t like where you are, move, you’re not a tree!

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