Is It Time to Quit Your Job?

How to Know When to Say Goodbye

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You hate going to work most days - No!, Make that every day. Are you wondering whether it's time to quit your job? There are few people out there who, at one time or another, haven't had the same thought. Sometimes that need to escape is the result of a sudden problem and other times it's a feeling you've had for a long time. Quitting your job isn't a decision you should make haphazardly, though. It will have a tremendous impact on your life and, therefore, you should give it careful consideration. If you are wondering when to quit your job, here are some situations when you may have no choice.

The Job Is Making You Sick

If your job is so stressful that it's giving you headaches, backaches, and insomnia, you should consider quitting as soon as possible. You are experiencing job stress, which if left unchecked, can lead to even more severe health issues including heart disease, musculoskeletal disorders, and psychiatric conditions. If you can't work out the problems that are causing the stress, you have to put your health first. There isn't any job worth getting sick over.

Your Boss Is Marginalizing You

Your boss, for a reason unbeknownst to you, has taken away many of your responsibilities. He or she is treating you like the invisible man/woman and not including you in important meetings. Don't do anything until you talk to your boss to find out what is going on. These actions may be meaningless—that's certainly a possibility—but it could be that your boss is silently urging you to leave. He or she just doesn't have the guts to fire you. If you try to resolve the problem but conclude that it won't improve, think about taking your boss's hint.

You Have Outgrown the Job

When you began to work for your current employer, you may have been a novice. You have spent the years since then gaining experience and honing your skills. Now you have more of both than your job requires. If you find that you are overqualified for your current position, and there's no room to move up, it's probably time to start looking for a job where you can put your hard-earned experience and skills to good use.

Offer for a Better Job

If you've been stuck at the same salary level for a while and after trying to negotiate a raise have not gotten your employer to budge, it may be time to say goodbye. While it is hard to leave a job you like, if you need to or want to earn more money, this may be the best thing you can do for yourself. If you get a job offer you find appealing, for example one with better pay and a good fit, you should seriously consider accepting it.

Work Is Interfering With Family Responsibilities

Like many people you may be struggling, with limited success, to balance your job and your family. If you can afford to, take a hiatus from work while you try to figure out what to do next. You may want to take a leave of absence that may be covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act. You may even decide to quit your job entirely. Many parents take time off from work to devote all their attention to raising their families. Obviously, this isn't a choice everyone can or will want to make. You can also consider an alternative option like working from home. If you can't imagine not working, then try to find a job that allows you to find a better work-life balance, for example one with flexible hours, an easier commute or less travel.