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10 Signs You Should Leave Your Job

If you're wondering whether you should leave your job, Lady Luck has just the advice you need.

Crying at work? This may be a sign that it's time to leave your job.

Crying at work? This may be a sign that it's time to leave your job.

Know When to Jump Ship Before the Ship Sinks

We've all faced the tough decision of deciding whether or not we should quit our jobs. I know I've Googled " Should I quit my job?" recently, as you may have. This article will go over some reasons that may indicate you should leave your job.

Keep in mind that quitting your job is definitely something you should think long and hard about. If you do decide to quit your job, leave your company the right way.

For those experiencing that daunting feeling that you might need to quit your job because your boss might can you or maybe you're so miserable that it's starting to do a poor job, I suggest job hunting immediately, on the down-low. This way, you can keep your options open, and potentially find a new job, before you get the pink slip.

10 Signs It's Time to Quit Your Job

Below are 10 signs that, in my personal experience, tell you it's time to quit your job and start looking for a new one.

1. You're so Stressed out at Work That You Are Emotional

This is a huge sign that your current job is not working for you—your emotions and body know best, so if you're feeling the urge to cry or actually are crying at work, take this as a serious sign. I recently burst into tears at work, in front of my manager, and now I regret it. Before you get to your breaking point, be aware of your stress levels, if they become unmanageable. Look for a new job ASAP, before your emotions get the best of you and you get fired for being unprofessional one too many times on the job.

2. Time Drags

Hopefully all of you have experienced working in a position where time just flew by, either because you had so much fun doing your job or because you had enough work that was important enough, in your eyes, to keep you busy. If you find yourself bored at work and are constantly checking the clock, this is a huge sign that your career has turned into " just a job" and not the right career or gig for you.

3. You Get Pigeonholed Into a Few Tasks That You Do Really Well

This has happened to me before, and I've seen this happen to co-workers. When you get labeled a "specialist" or an "expert" in something, you're always the first up for those tasks you're known for being good at. This may seem flattering at first, but can quickly go sour. When you become the go-to person for only a certain task(s), your boss and co-workers will fail to see that you're competent at doing anything else. Thus, the scope of your job becomes mundane and you are deprived of developing new skills and getting new projects to show off your abilities.

4. You've Become Angry and Bitter Towards Your Job

For one reason or another, you just don't view your job, your boss, or a few of your not-so-favorite co-workers (or all of the above) favorably. This may come across in your humor and people will start to notice. Believe me, I can think of at least one co-worker who fully admits to being very sarcastic, and has even said she notices people think she's being serious, when she's really just being bitter. Either way, people have started to talk about her in a negative manner, even though her skill set is above and beyond the other co-worker in her group. Before you end up getting complained about, realize that even when you're being sarcastic, and some might find it funny, others are taking it seriously. I've found that having a sense of humor in the workplace, especially a more cynical or negative one, is not worth it. It may be telling of something more.

5. The Entire Office Knows About a Conflict That You're Involved In

Maybe you've had a spat with a co-worker that escalated into more of a fight and the entire company knows. This has happened to me and even though we were both in the wrong, I seemed to be more blameworthy because of my defensiveness. Years later, I still hear about it, and I was lucky I wasn't fired. Maybe your conflict with a coworker isn't as severe, but if you had to have a manager mediate the conflict, it's probably a good sign you should start job hunting. You may not experience any immediate consequences, but trust me, it will be remembered—in a bad way. However, little disagreements that turn into small spats are normal and should be worked through. This is common and easily fixable. Be professional and do whatever you have to in order to put the small fires out. It's the bigger ones that may be a cause for concern.

6. You're Having a Difficult Time Financially

First things first, realize that we're all there when it comes to money being tight, so you can't feel bad for yourself. The economy is tough and it's hard for all of us. However, also keep in mind that no matter how much you make, it will never feel like enough. If you have spent time revising your budget, have tried to get small side jobs, feel that a second job is impossible, and you are still having trouble making ends meet, I suggest you start looking for a higher-paying position. Money isn't everything, but when you're consistently stressing out about it, action is needed.

7. You've Caught Wind of a "Reorganization"

Maybe you've heard of a large budget cut happening, or your company has recently been bought or sold. The above aren't necessarily immediate signs that you should jump ship. Rather, they are signs that there are going to be big changes ahead. In turn, if you feel that these changes are going to affect you or your position in a negative way though, I would recommend looking for jobs in your spare time to be prepared in case the axe falls.

8. Your Co-Workers Have Been Acting Differently Around You

At one point, you may have had a good amount of office friends but lately, you've had the feeling you're being avoided—people seem less patient with you, no one goes out of their way to chat with you, and so on. This could be a sign that there is office gossip going on about you, or that you did something to someone to make them aggravated. This won't immediately be anything other than puzzling and annoying, but if your co-workers start to dislike you, they could start to hate you and it could fester into something much larger. In fact, don't be surprised if your boss writes that you "aren't a team player" in your next review. If you feel as though you haven't wronged in this position, this may be a sign that you need to look for a new team to play in.

9. Your Boss Has Been Acting Differently Around You

Be cautious in assessing your boss or supervisor's behavior—it may not be an indicator something is wrong and could be something that doesn't concern you, like higher-ups giving them a hard time. Or, they could be dealing with their own personal stress. I always advise people to not take their boss's behavior towards them personally. However, there are some obvious signs that you're in deep doo-doo with your boss. For example, if your boss is all of a sudden on your case, micromanaging almost to the point where your workload is unmanageable, you're faced with unreasonable deadlines and you feel like you're getting set up for failure. If your boss has chewed you out about seemingly trivial things, recently and frequently, this is a sign that the eagle eye is focused on you. Your boss pulling you aside into their office beyond your regular weekly time is usually not a good sign. Finally, if you're getting assigned mostly busywork, and unchallenging projects, your boss may have lost faith in you.

10. You Have a Gut Feeling

Trust your instincts if you're feeling uncomfortable at work. If you feel like your position has been tarnished beyond repair, or if you have been sensing something bad is going to happen at work, that feeling isn't paranoia, it's your gut feeling that it's time to move on, and you should listen. Simply put, if you're just plain unhappy at work, don't ignore that sign.

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If It's Time for You to Leave Your Job . . .

If you're feeling undecided about whether or not to quit your job, I can't say it enough, start job hunting quietly right now. That way, if something does happen at work, you'll have options. There is nothing worse than staying in a rocky position for too long and having to leave on your employer's terms and not by your own better judgment.

Keep your head up and good luck.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


Heather on June 03, 2018:

This is awful advice. These are classic signs of workplace bullying and harassment and it’s the employees responsibility to call them out and make a change

Marina Lozada on May 30, 2018:

I don´t know if I should be complaining, my bosses are decent (at least my inmediate bosses) and my job is not so bad. But the General Director of my department and also those from others are not. Other directors just boss arround our area, they order us or prohibit us from doing things in our job. Their areas are completely different from mine, and we are supossed to be hired because we know what we are doing. They are finances, we are marketing, and yet, the Director of Adminsitration orders us to publish or unpublish certain things on social media, or to change campaings because "they consider they are not what they should be". It´s not like I go and tell them what to do with the budgets. Anyway. To top it all off, I am not doing anything I consider interesting since my boss wants to do it all; she even arrives late to meetings because she can´t let me direct a video shooting (I have done this many times and nothing bad has happened); she has to do it herself. It´s discouraging, I am available and she doesn´t use me, and it makes me feel like its because I do a porr or unstellar job, so she better goes and do it herself. She has to do everything and I am sitting in front of my desk all day, answering social media complaints and watching my professional life go by. I am even considering quitting without finding another gig or change professions entirely. Bad thing is I am 31 and employers want young people with experience to hire. I feel really frustrated. I donpt know what to do.

Hello Kitty on April 17, 2018:

I have been with my job in an advisory firm for 8 years and it pays soso. I feel my potential is not fully used. I am forced to do work that is below my level because our junior people quit so often and I am constantly training newbies. My great business ideas cannot come true because I have no time to develop those ideas. The current low-level work almost burns me out (I work 10 hours a day). Junior people quit because they are burned out as well. This is such a toxic working structure! My bosses are not doing their job in leading the team and the business is sluggish. They also spend no time talking to us (they are never there). I develop business myself and I even do not need them (I am just feeding their pockets with profit). They do not promote any senior person to partner cause they are struggling with their own performance. I hate to be a slave worker like that. I am ready to pack up for greater adventures...