In this economic landscape, quitting a job is not something to be taken lightly. If you find yourself daydreaming about quitting, make sure it’s what you want. Remember, the grass is greener where you water. However, there are some legitimate reasons why it may be necessary to quit. Here are some reasons to consider quitting your job
The company is failing. After 2008, the illusion of job stability and company loyalty was effectively shattered. If you wait until the company goes under, you will be out of work with a lot of other people from your field. Read the signs and quit if your company isn’t going to make it.
Something illegal/immoral is going on. Protect your reputation and get out of there. Do not participate in any illegal or immoral activities and report the activities if appropriate.
Your boss genuinely hates you. If there is no possible way to reconcile with a supervisor, you will probably not get a great recommendation, so there is no point in remaining with the company. However, if there’s any hope whatsoever, try to work it out with a supervisor even if you still choose to leave. Be professional, calm, and focus on solutions in your conversations with difficult supervisors.
You’re in the wrong position. If you can’t handle the workload and find yourself failing at every turn, it may be time to reevaluate whether you are in the right position or field. Don’t wait until you are fired. Be honest with yourself and your capabilities, and try something new. Don’t mistake laziness or a lack of discipline for a lack of talent or ability, however. Before quitting out of a sense of inadequacy, try your best to improve your performance. Ask for feedback and call on your courage. At the very least, you will have done your best. If you feel your skills aren’t being utilized, this is another good reason to find another job.
Your physical/mental health is suffering. If you are depressed and/or stressed on the job, it is going to show on your face and in your body language. Your relationships with co-workers, supervisors, family members, and friends will suffer. Dreading going to work every day is a recipe for disaster, professionally and personally. Make sure it’s your job that is the problem, not a bad attitude. Maintain a positive outlook and practice gratitude daily. If your health is seriously suffering, consider taking some time off, if possible, to reassess. Quitting may be the best option, but make sure it’s the right decision for you.
You have a viable back-up plan. Weigh the pros and cons of leaving, and make sure you can support yourself for a few months if you can’t find a job right away. Ideally have another job lined up before you submit your resignation, but this may not always be possible.
Ultimately, you must be honest with yourself about your priorities at this time in your life. Consider the timing of your departure from work. Think the decision through, give adequate notice, and remain professional up until the end. Don’t burn any bridges, however tempting it may be.
John Bradley Jackson
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