Knowing when to quit and when to stick it out with a job is a hard thing. In every job there’s always a roller coaster of emotions. The only question is how high are the highs and how low are the lows. Not to mention how many bumps there are a long the way. However, we all have challenges regardless of our job.
With that in mind, I was intrigued by this article that talks about when you should think about quitting your job. They over these 4 suggestions:
- If you are in danger of burning serious bridges with people because you are so frustrated at work…
- If you feel like you are a completely different person than who you used to be and you really don’t like who you see in the mirror…
- If you would rather do anything else than go to work (even a trip to the dentist seems like a fine idea!)….
- When you find yourself putting everyone else’s needs ahead of your own, and you have been for a loooong time…
What do you think of this list? Are these good reasons to leave your job?
The article also offers these questions to help you know if you should stay:
- Were you ever excited about this job? If so, can you get re-energized somehow by doing something new or changing roles in some way?
- Are you in such a bad financial place that you absolutely cannot go without your paycheck?
- Is there something you can learn that will help your career out in the long-term that might justify staying in this job for awhile longer? (And the answer to this one must be very concrete as to what would keep you there).
- Is this just an unusual bad patch?
There’s no one size fits all answer on when you should choose to quit your job and when you should stay. Each situation is unique. However, hopefully these questions will help you evaluate the decision. One thing to remember is that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Sometimes leaving the job can be a good thing, but change doesn’t always mean better.