10 Good Reasons to Quit Your Job (and 10 Bad Ones)

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There comes a time in everyone’s life when you’re faced with the dilemma of whether or not you should quit your job. Sometimes, it’s an easy decision to make that requires very little consideration. Other times, it’s one that needs careful deliberation – and that’s largely because our reasons for quitting are not always the right ones.

So, what exactly constitutes as a good reason to quit your job? And what doesn’t?



When it’s Okay to Quit

Are you leaving your job for the right reason? Here are 10 good reasons you should hand in your notice!

1. You’re Changing Careers

You’re never too old to change careers. As long as you’re open to learning and are determined to follow your true passion – whatever it may be, whether it’s writing, singing or helping other people identify and chase their dreams – there’s nothing wrong with starting over and changing directions. If it’s going to make you happy, it’s encouraged.

2. The Commute Is Too Long

The longer your commute (regardless of preferred mode, be it walking, driving or taking the bus), the better your chances of stress, depression and generally lower life satisfaction. And you don’t have to take my word for it – there has been a wealth of research on the negative effects of commuting to work, including by the Office for National Statistics back in 2014.

3. It’s Making You Ill

Yep. Your job can be a health hazard. If you’re dealing with headaches, backache and insomnia, it’s a clear-cut sign that you should leave your job at the earliest opportunity. And that’s because job stress, when left unchecked, can lead to more serious health issues like heart disease and psychiatric disorders.

4. You’ve been Offered an Awesome New Job

Enough said.

5. There’s No Room for Growth in the Company

Along with wanting to earn a great salary, you also probably look forward to getting a promotion and climbing the career ladder. But if your company offers no career advancement opportunities, you’ll probably be better off at a company that does.

6. You Have Your Own Personal Reasons

Often, our reasons for leaving a job have nothing to do with our job, the company or the people we work with. Life, quite simply, sometimes gets in the way. You could choose to quit your job because you’ve decided to stay home and raise your children, for example. Or maybe your particular circumstances are a little gloomier – an elderly relative has taken seriously ill and requires full-time care, for example.

7. The Company Is Closing Down

After working at a company for some time, you’re bound to know how well it’s doing – or not. If you notice the company is suffering losses or making drastic changes like closing branches or making cutbacks, it may be a sign to jump ship. Having said that, all companies go through a dry phase, and this could be just that: a dry phase.

8. You’re Relocating

Even if you really love your job and the people you work with, there’s not much you can do if you’re moving to the other side of the country or even abroad. If you can do your job remotely, you might want to consider asking your boss if you can work from home (wherever in the world that may be). There’s no guarantee they’ll agree to it, especially if you’re moving abroad, but it’s still worth a shot.

9. You’re Going Back to School

Whether you’ve decided to go back to university on a part-time or full-time basis, either to finish a degree you started or pursue a postgraduate education, you’ll find that studying while working (especially full-time) can be challenging. Even if your employer is willing to accommodate you and make changes to your work schedule and job duties, you might end up biting off more than you can chew.

10. You’ve Won the Lottery

What? Stranger things have happened.



When it’s NOT Okay to Quit

The last thing you want to do when you’re leaving a job is to burn any bridges that you may have to cross further down the road. Even if all the signs are pointing towards the exit, it’s best to make sure you’re making the right choice – one that you won’t later regret.

Here are 10 bad reasons to quit your job.

1. You’re about to Get Fired

You’re bound to have watched at least one movie in your lifetime where an employer fires the protagonist, who responds with something along the lines of: ‘Yeah? Well, you can’t fire me. Because I QUIT!’ to save their pride. In real life, this can do you more harm than good – for example, you could miss out on Jobseeker’s Allowance. Besides, are you really sure they’re going to fire you? Do they have a valid reason to do so?

2. You Don’t Get Along with Co-workers

Let’s face it: you’re bound to step on the toes of at least one of your colleagues. Given the chance, you’d probably push them in front of an oncoming bus (if it weren’t for the going-to-prison part). Quitting your job in this situation is a very extreme solution – instead, try to set your differences aside and find ways to work together. This will, in effect, reflect well on you, as you’ll have demonstrated your teamwork skills – a quality all employers admire in employees.

3. You Hate Your Job

Many of us have exclaimed ‘I hate my job!’ at one point or another in our professional lives, and it’s a pretty valid reason to bid everyone adieu. But, there just may be another – better – solution, especially if you love the people you work with and believe in the company’s mission. For example, there may be something that will make your job more bearable or perhaps you could move into another position. If you utterly loathe your job, then yes, do quit your job. However, make sure you strategically plan your departure so that you don’t end up scrambling to find another one.

4. Your Boss Is a D*ck

Horrible Bosses is not just a Hollywood movie. They are a real thing – unlike Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy (sorry, kids!). And you may even be able to attest to this from real-life experience. But just because your boss is a sexist pig or a micromanaging control freak doesn't mean you should quit your job – try to resolve the issue by arranging a meeting with the boss in question and discuss your concerns. Worse comes to worst, consider speaking to someone in HR or seeking legal advice about your options.

5. You Were Passed over for a Promotion

Chances are the other person deserved the promotion more than you did. But that doesn’t mean you need to be bitter about it and hand in your resignation letter. Instead, let it be a learning curve. Find ways to improve and work harder and better than before – and I guarantee your boss will notice your progress (if they’re a good boss, that is) and they may even reward you when the next opportunity for a promotion comes around.

6. The Job Is Too Difficult

Oh, boohoo!

Seriously, whose job is easy?

Oh, right: pet sitters.

7. You Don’t Like the Hours

Ask anyone in the world – whatever their job is, whether they’re a server at McDonald’s or the CEO of a Fortune 500 company – and they’ll tell they would gladly work zero hours and get paid for it. Unless you’re a freelancer or self-employed (and even then), your hours will suck. But if you really don’t want to work nights or weekends, ask your boss if they can change your hours.

8. You’re Bored

When you’ve been doing your job day in and day out for a number of years, you’re bound to get bored. But it’s important that you understand that every job involves some sort of monotony and repetition. You need to ask yourself whether your job is challenging and, ultimately, satisfying – not if it’s repetitive.

9. You’re Angry

We all have bad days at work – and some days are worse than others. Maybe you had a huge argument with your boss or you were blamed yet again for someone else’s mistakes. But the best thing to do in such a case is to go home, calm down, think it through and wait at least a day to make sure you really want to quit your job. If it’s something that can be fixed, find a solution for it – but don’t do anything rash in the heat of the moment as you may later regret it. And it will probably be too late then.

10. The Company Has a Bad Reputation

If you want to leave your job because the company you work for has a bad reputation, then why did you even bother applying for – and accepting – a job there in the first place? And don’t try to tell me you weren’t aware of its reputation when you applied – one of the first things you should do before you apply for any job is to research the company to determine whether you could see yourself working there!



Have you ever quit a job? What were your reasons, and how did you go about handing in your resignation? Join the conversation down below and share your thoughts and experiences with us.