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No Job is Perfect: But Should You Quit?


Should you or shouldn’t you leave your job? Many people remain in jobs they don’t value for a range of reasons: fear of the unknown and money being amongst the most common reasons. But when should you quit your job? What you don’t want – and what many people fear – is for your leaving to end up being a regrettable flounce. For example, you are overlooked for promotion, and so you resign; only to regret it soon afterwards when you realise you possibly weren’t quite ready for the promotion. So here are a few signs that it may be time to quit.

See also: I Quit! 5 Spectacular Resignations

No Consistency in What Constitutes Success

Sally Krawcheck, chair of Ellevate Network and Ellevate Asset Management, suggests that when there is no consistency from “those that matter” about how to do your job, i.e., from senior people, ultimately there will be no consistency on what constitutes success. This, she believes, is a warning sign – a sign that you should consider quitting your job.

When your Work is Making you Ill

According to workplace expert Lynn Taylor, as reported in Forbes, when your work starts to not only affect those around you, but also your health, “it’s time to get out”. Most of us find it difficult to achieve the perfect work-life balance, and even if you’re fortunate enough to have a 9-to-5 job, that won’t guarantee that  you don’t take your work home with you. If you’re continually unable to switch off from work, there will come a time when your physical or mental health or both will be affected. Work shouldn’t be so all consuming that you are unable to switch off from it.

Lack of Promotion Opportunities

If you’re ambitious, it will be important for you to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to advance within your organisation. If you’ve ‘outgrown’ your job, a genuine absence of opportunities to progress can leave you feeling demotivated and frustrated – your current job should be prepping you for something better or bigger. Otherwise, as Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of Flexjobs, acknowledges, it may be time to consider quitting.

Irreconcilable Differences

Perhaps you are constantly overlooked for promotion. Perhaps you simply don’t fit in: the culture is at odds with who you are and what you believe in. Whatever the case, there’s a disconnect between what you need from your job and what you’re getting. If there are irreconcilable differences, this can make for an uncomfortable working experience, and given that so much of our time is spent in the workplace, it may be time to consider leaving.

You’re Not Using Your Strengths

If your strengths aren’t being used, the chances are you’ll feel frustrated and unhappy at work, and your confidence will be hit.  We’re all good at something, so it’s important to have a platform to showcase your skills. If you’re a natural leader and were recognised as such in your previous employment, but are now in a job that requires you to spend the entire day in solitary confinement, it helps no one if you remain in your job.

A Lack of Motivation

Perhaps you have little regard for the products or services – or people in your company. Anything – even your best friend’s lousy temp job – sounds more interesting than your full-time gig. If this is the case, you will struggle to find success at work – the product, services and people are the reasons for a company’s existence.

No job is perfect; no one gets everything they need from a job. But there are ways to make a job that’s not perfect better. Still, if you are ambitious and your job is causing more damage than good it may be time to quit.

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