Most people have been faced with this dilemma at some point in their professional lives. Unfortunately, not many have weighed their options well enough to make the correct decision, and in turn continue to feel the snowballing consequences. On the other hand, sometimes it’s clear when you need to quit your job. For example if you have a toxic work culture, or you are never going to get that promotion.
More often than not, finances is the most prominent con of quitting your job. Similarly, lack of challenging work environment as well as lack of contentment shows up as a pro in the list. So next time you find yourself unsure if it’s worth sticking around, consider these factors.
Work is a source of stress
You dread Sundays, especially in the afternoon because you know Monday’s just around the corner. At work you feel like you can’t do anything right anymore, despite your best efforts. When you’re overcome with mental exhaustion, and at least one day a week, you come home extremely angry or crying.
When you should quit: There is a meme going around about not working yourself dead for a company that will replace you as soon as you’re out; that should be your mantra. No work is worth deteriorating your health over.
When you shouldn’t quit: When you have no other source of finances and you need to stick it out to pay the bills, until you find another job, that is.
You hate your boss
You just can’t seem to click with your boss, or if he is one of those controlling micromanaging types that always want to be on top of you. Others never seem to recognize any of your efforts but are quick to point out any shortcomings.
When you shouldn’t quit: When you know, deep down inside, that you’re learning and getting better. Some bosses–the more difficult ones–will intentionally turn up the pressure to get you to think harder, do better, or change your work habits.
When you should quit: When you have tried every tactic but nothing seems to work, and staying won’t do your career any favors. Disclaimer, you examine whether YOU are the problem
You go to work, you know your routine, and you repeat this five days a week–like clockwork. There’s nothing new or unfamiliar, and your brain operates on autopilot 99% of the time. You even count the hours till it’s time to leave, and even then it’ll be you going for happy hour to complain about your crappy job.
When you should quit: If you feel like you’ve done everything you can to grow and learn from your role and your company, then yes, it’s definitely time to look elsewhere.
When you shouldn’t quit: Have you made enough of an effort to make the work as fulfilling for you as possible? Ensure you’re not overlooking any opportunities within the organization that could help make coming to work every morning worth your while.