To all my people out there on the grind, with 99 problems, and they’re all in the office — my advice to you is to quit! Here are 5 signs it’s time to quit your job.
I know that probably isn’t the answer you were looking for but take the following into consideration: If you hate your job it’ll soon be very apparent to everyone around you and who wants to work with someone who acts like the Grinch Who Stole Christmas?
Here’s some advice for those of you who just aren’t as happy as you were during new employee orientation.
1. Your Manager Doesn't Support You
Your manager is the closest person with authority to advocate for your success. If he or she is not supportive of your professional goals and actively building a plan to help you reach them, you’re in big trouble. This is red flag starring you in the face. One of the most blatant signs it’s time to quit your job! Have you heard of managing up? Sometimes our direct reports are so busy we have to take matters into our own hands to ensure the relationship is valuable. Schedule 1 on 1s with your manager and come prepared with an agenda outlining the status of your current projects, recent successes, and goals over the next 3 months. If your manager is dismissive or doesn’t seem to show interest, this is a sign that he or she does not value you. It can be quite taxing to have to convince your manager to essentially do their job. Take the high road, another company will value you and want to see you win. Trust me, your manager will see your value when you leave and the team is in a deficit.
2. You're Overworked & Underpaid
Are you the only person on your team who can do what you do, and you’ve become the go-to person for all things in your job description and them some? Sounds like you’re overqualified for your pay scale. Even if you’re thriving and seen as a star employee, make sure you’re getting paid for the value you’re adding. Do not be afraid to vocalize this to your manager at the appropriate time. If there’s pushback from your manager, consider it in the direction of the door. Start planning your exit sis.
3. You Have Been Dragging Yourself Out of Bed to Get to Work On-Time
Just face it, you don’t want to be there. There’s 100 things you’d rather do, including talk to a blank wall, than dread another 8 hours of pretending to like your job. But, the last thing you want to do is end the relationship with your current employer as a slacker, so before work becomes completely unbearable, get out of there! Go out like a trooper! Even though it may not be your favorite place to be, recognize that this feeling is a sign that you need to find your next opportunity, but don’t let this distract you from your responsibilities until a new offer is in hand.
4. Toxic Colleagues or Work Environment
As an employee of a company, it doesn’t take long after your start date to see the company for what it is beyond the marketing. Your experience is unique to your own identity. If the culture isn’t what you thought you signed up for, and totally unbearable because of toxic practices, management and/or relationships, then it’s time to make a change. Too much of one’s time is spent at work for it to be mentally draining. Your mental health is always a priority, cut the toxic tie now.
5. There's No Professional Development Opportunities
Feeling like you’ve climbed to the top of the ladder and there’s nowhere else to go? While you may be at a company where the pay and benefits are good, you have to consider whether or not there’s room for growth. Do you feel complacent and stuck? Another one of the most obvious signs it’s time to quit your job. The real value lies in skills and competencies, while you’re a shining star in your role now the world around you is still spinning; breeding people in your same or similar position with skills that can transfer across markets. You start to depreciate every day you stay in a place with no professional development opportunities. Make sure you continue to sharpen, acquire new skills, certifications and accolades by requesting training and looking into your industry’s trends.
Finally, take the leap and quit your job, but first look for a new one! Unless you have a lucrative side hustle that will hold you over. Get the word out, tell those closest to you about your struggles. Most companies prefer a reference through an employee who already works for the company. Just like you lurk through Instagram or Facebook for details on people, companies love getting the tea and “Carfax” from employees they know and trust. Plus, who would get referred to a job and then act crazy once hired? Not only are references good for the reputation of yourself but also the person who referred you. For those of us who may not have a plug, it’s also essential to use your resources. LinkedIn, Glassdoor, The Muse, Google jobs and Indeed are all great resources to help you not only get an idea of the salary, but also the working environment and how people who previously worked there felt about the company and the culture.