When is the Right Time to Quit? Decide if You Should!

We’ve all had that one frustrating day where we’d rather get punched in the gut than go to our jobs which makes us feel like a waste. However, we remind ourselves of the reasons we continue to do what we do, recount the pros and cons of our work. We remind ourselves of both the responsibilities and dreams that we have.

Why Would You Want to Quit

  • You have an irritable boss
  • Your colleagues are acting like jerks 
  • You have no idea how you finish all the work that’s building up

But, does quitting your job make sense? As glorious and bold it might seem in the heat of the moment, it might be useful to consider the reasons before you call it quits.

Reasons Not To Quit

Without a Plan, You’ll Slip into Panic Mode

If you do want to quit your job and are seriously considering leaving, you need a plan. Not necessarily though, but going ahead without one has chances of putting you in a lot of misery. Unless your business is on its way to make enough to sustain you or have an offer from another organization, it wouldn’t make much sense to abandon your current position.

Without a plan in hand, whether you want to start a business of your own or take up a new job, your clients and employers both will sense a level of desperation. Without a viable plan of action, there are chances of hampering your current growth and limiting your opportunities.

You Might be Quitting for the Wrong Reasons

“Before you hand in that letter, ask yourself: Is it the whole job or just a particular aspect of it that’s making you unhappy? Can it be changed? Who can help you change it?”

As soon as you realise you want to leave, think about what would you want to do after you leave. What kind of skills and experience do you need for the next step? Can this experience be built in your current job? Are there courses that your current employer offer that could help match your future aspirations? Do you have a particular company in mind that you want to work with?

Estimate and work on the skills and connections that need to be in place for your future before you resign in disgrace. Be careful not to tarnish or hurt any relationships established in your current workplace which include both your co-workers and your seniors, as these might come in handy someday.

Challenges Shape Your Career

You should stop thinking about quitting, only because you feel the job is hard to do. When we try to do something that pushes one out of their comfort zone, it feels very uncomfortable. The first instinct is to escape, but that might not always work out the way we want. The work might become too much to handle but there should be more than just that for you to consider leaving.

Your Job can Help Beyond Building a Career

One of the best predictors of success, in general, is one’s level of resilience. That is, how capable you are of rising up from hurdles thrown at you by the circumstances of life. Resilience works like a muscle, the more it’s used, the stronger and smarter it grows.

Reasons You Should Quit

There are many things that make you stay in your current job within reason, but there may be just as many for you to quit. If the job makes you physically or mentally ill and becomes a source of panic and anxiety, take the time and politely put in the letter of intent.

Under certain circumstances, however, we’re not able to identify our workplace for what it is and whether we should continue to participate in the same. As one gets more and more comfortable in their position they reach a point of litharge and become dismissive. This quickly turns into smugness.

This tends to generate excuses like “I can do this just for a few more months,” or “I just don’t have the time to look for a job right now”. It can then let one settle with things such as “This job will do for now,” or “Maybe I don’t need to be a VP”. Not to mention, this comfort zone will eventually keep one scared. Before doing anything impulsive, here are some identifiers and facts to consider:

You’re in a Static Position

Staying in the same company at the same position can be exhausting, especially with little or no recognition for a long time (say 2-3 years). Then, it might be time to fire up that resume. MNC and large corporates promote employees periodically to make it seem there’s an improvement in employee productivity. but if that hasn’t happened with you either…that’s sort of a sign.

Moreover, if your reporting officers share inadequate feedback on your performance, then it’s hard to understand what it will take to get promoted in the organization. The best managers are involved in your career development and will routinely offer a piece of advice – but if you can’t find that mentor in your current role, keep looking!

More Time To Waste Than Work

Maybe you lost interest in the work, maybe it’s starting to seem monotonous and repetitive. But you see yourself spending more time and effort in blowing off work than getting some of it done.

Almost everyone with a job procrastinates, occasionally. If you can’t find anything engaging about your daily work, you should rethink whether your current position is really a good fit for you. There must be some aspect of your job that you like more than the latest posts on Facebook or some quiz by ScoopWhoop.

Work Hampering Health

Ask yourself these questions and you’ll hopefully get an idea of exactly what sort of toll your job is taking on you:

  • Have you started taking days off more than you used to?
  • Are you spending time off work as much as possible?
  • Resorting to unhealthy habits to keep yourself together?
  • Are office hours taking up so much time that you can’t exercise, eat fit or even get enough shut-eye?

There is no feasible reason to put your health on the line for a job that doesn’t give you enough breathing space.

No one is in a better place to judge whether or not you should leave your job other than yourself (except for career counsellors, they make a living off it). Keep a track of your progress, ambitions and keep a proactive attitude in your current position. Staying conscious about your objective will help you make clear, sound and well-thought decisions.

You need to measure the pros and cons of quitting your job or continue to build your career in the same place. To solve the puzzle extremely easily, you can try a little self-evaluation. Whether or not you are able to perform well at your job and if it works for you, go through this little self-assessment guide:

  • What are your current needs from the job?
  • What are your gains from the job?
  • What are your long-term aspirations?

Whatever you decide, take into consideration the time and effort spent on building the relationships in your current position. Take a decision based on all the above factors and remember to execute your decision in a professional and respectful manner. If your choice is to leave, companies have a protocol for such scenarios so adhere to the same.