Top 10 Reasons to Quit Your Job

How Do You Know When it's Time to Quit?

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You've done everything you can to make your current job work. But, your current job is not working. These are the top ten reasons why you might want to quit your job.

Need more? Here are five more reasons why you'll want to quit ​your job.​

If any of these ten situations exist for you at your current job, they are difficult, if not impossible, to solve. You need to look out for your best interests. Your job consumes too many hours of too many days of your life for you to stay where you are - miserable.

It’ll break your spirit and kill your soul if you go into a job that you hate every day. Regardless of your situation, you owe it to yourself to find a job where you can be happy every day at work.

No excuses, now. If these issues exist with your current  job or your employer, make a plan, conduct a job search, and change jobs. You can transform how you feel about work with the right job for you.

Top 10 Reasons to Quit Your Job

  • Your company is experiencing a downward spiral, losing customers, losing money, and rumors of possible closure, bankruptcy, and failure prevail. Working every day is like waiting for the other shoe to drop. Employees are all fearful, looking for new jobs and the general environment is stagnant and anxiety provoking.
  • Your relationship with your manager is damaged beyond repair. You have sought help to mend the boss relationship but you know it is too damaged for recovery. (Perhaps you were untrustworthy, missed work on too many days, or the manager acts like an untrustworthy jerk.) Whatever the reason, the relationship is irrecoverably damaged. You need to take a hard look, maybe even talk to your manager about the situation. But, chances are, it’s time to move on.
  • Your life situation has changed. Perhaps you have married or had a baby, and the salary and benefits no longer support your life needs. You need to move on to better opportunities to support your family. Do this without regret after identifying that there are no new opportunities with your current employer that might change the situation.
  • Your values are at odds with the corporate culture. Perhaps your company is egalitarian and you believe in assigned parking spots for salaried employees. Your company does annual employee satisfaction surveys and you think these are a waste of time. Your company is hierarchical and you want to influence every aspect of your job.

    No matter where the clash is occurring, a lack of congruence with the corporate culture will destroy your attitude at work. Leave quickly once you identify this culture clash. The situation will not improve and sticking around may make you hate work.
  • You've stopped having fun and enjoying your job. No matter what changed in your workplace, when you dread going to work in the morning, it's time to leave your job. Just do some inner thinking about whether you are frequently resistant to change. It may not be the job if you have a long-term pattern.
  • Your company is ethically challenged. Perhaps, the managers lie to customers about the quality of the products or the day on which product will ship. You become aware that the company is stealing information from competitors. Whatever the issue, don't stay in an organization where your ethics are out of sync. Leave as quickly as you can if you have no way to influence more ethical behavior.
  • For whatever reason, you have behaved in ways that are considered improper at work. You've missed too many days of work, slacked off on the job, failed to maintain needed skills and just generally developed the reputation of a loser or a slacker. That reputation, once earned, is unlikely to change, so you might as well move on, while you have the opportunity.
  • You've burned your bridges with your coworkers. Your group is not getting along in an environment that requires people to work together well. Again, at some point, the reasons don't matter; start fresh in a new job and resolve to not let this situation happen again. Especially if you efforts to resolve the situation have been unsuccessful, it’s time to  move on.
  • Your stress level is so high at work that it is affecting your physical or mental health and your relationships with your friends and family. Watch for the signs of burnout and if they can't be cured, move on. Read Tips for Managing Stress and Change at Work for ideas about managing work stress.
  • And, the top ten reason for leaving your current miserable job - you are unchallenged, need more responsibility, and seek opportunities that just don't exist for you in your current organization. You've explored the current and potential options, and they are limited

    It's time to move on. Ready to quit your job? You can resign from your job in a way that reinforces your professional image and keeps current employer relationships positive.

Ready to leave your job, or looking for ways to improve your current situation? Have golden handcuffs and feel that you are stuck in your current employment?

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