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Time to quit your job?

Updated on January 4, 2012

It’s a Monday morning, the alarm’s gone off and you think, ‘Not again!’ You’re not motivated to get out of bed. There is no spring in your step. Instead you slowly drag yourself out of bed and function on auto pilot. You go through the motions and you just can’t stand it anymore. Maybe it’s time to quit your job.

Not before you’ve weighed all the options

Make sure that it’s a total dead end. Does it feel so bad you could just get up and walk out without looking back? Some jobs can be draining. It makes your life miserable and you just can’t function as a human being anymore. But is this it? Is this the end of the road? You have to be certain, you have to weigh all your options, you have to have exhausted everything before you hand in your notice.

I wish I could tell you to quit and tell your boss to stuff it. But a very wise friend of mine told me that before I tell the boss where to go, I should have a good plan in place – wise words indeed. Sometimes you can’t see the way out and you make haste decisions without much thought, only to regret it later. But don’t, have a plan and then walk out.

Signs that you should consider quitting you job

You hate your job

There is nothing worse than going to a job you hate. It sucks the life out of you. You feel physically and emotionally exhausted to the point it makes you ill. This is a sign that it’s probably time to start considering it. But before you do, are there things you could do to improve the situation. Could you ask for a different responsibility or job role? Could you ask to go on a course for the benefit of the company and yourself to sharpen your skills? Make sure you’ve maxed out all your options.

You can’t stand the sight of your manager

It happens some managers are there to make your life hell. If you can’t get along with the manager; then perhaps it’s time to consider quitting. Before you quit ask yourself why. Why can’t you stand the manager?

Is he or she a micromanager?

Does he/she show favouritism?

Are they unfair or discriminate?

Or do you just hate the sight of your manager; it happens that you just might not get along. If this is the reason there isn’t much you can do about that; but there are things you could do about the other stuff.

If he’s a micromanager have your tried speaking to your manager about it. Letting them know how you feel is important. Sometimes managers are blinded by their own faults. And sometimes they even correct these faults once it’s been pointed out to them. If on the other hand your manager refuses to hear you out you can always go to their boss or HR. Write a grievance letter to HR stating the reasons for the letter and whether or not you’ve actually tried to solve the problem with the manager.

Does your manager work in the same office or are they out a lot or work from a different office? Could you possibly request a different manager? Where I work we have different managers and it is possible to ask to be managed by someone else, it’s worth a try. Make sure you’ve maxed all options because sometimes a little change or shift could make a big difference and you might not want to quit after all.

You can’t stand your colleagues or one colleague

You’re not going to like everyone and everyone isn’t going to like you. I heard a saying; ‘you’re not a hundred dollar bill, not everyone’s going to like you.’ This is so true in life in general. Is it grounds for quitting? Not unless it’s become an unbearable place to work. If you’re being treated badly, bullied or harassed report it to HR. Make sure you’ve brought this to light. Some people prefer to just keep their heads down and then when they can’t take it anymore they quit. But if no one brings this to light it will continue. Also make sure that it isn’t something you are doing to cause conflict between you and your colleagues. If all has been said and done and things don’t improve or there is still an undercurrent of resentment then maybe it’s time to consider quitting. A new start is always a good thing.

There could be many reasons why you feel you want to quit. Always make sure you are a hundred percent certain that there is nothing else you can do about your place of work. It can be tough as I was in this position myself, but instead of quitting I stayed and worked out the problems with HR.

If all has been said and done and you still feel the same way, then maybe it’s time to hand in your resignation letter.

There is something Simon Cowell said that will stay with me. He said that when he starts to feel like getting up for work is a drag and nothing’s motivating him anymore. Then it’s a sign that it’s time to quit and to move on.

The decision is entirely yours.


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    • lin8t profile image

      lin8t 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks Angela for your encouraging words and for voting me up, I am encouraged to continue. You're right, there is nothing more draining than going to a job you hate. It must be nice being out of the 8-5 system. I'm working to get myself out of it. All the best!

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      lin8t 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for your comment wetnosedogs, it keeps me encouraged to keep writing. At least you like your job and the people. My current job is a lot better now because I sat down and spoke to my manager about his managing style. I was quit surprised how he was open to this and it really cleared the air. I wish you success in finding an alternative job or form of income.

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      Angela Blair 6 years ago from Central Texas

      Interesting and informative Hub. I'm no longer in the "daily" (8-5) work force but spent a lot of years there. What you say is very true. If you reach "that point" it's time to make another plan and move on as there's nothing more draining than dreading to go to a job you hate every day. Definitely voted UP! Best, Sis

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      wetnosedogs 6 years ago from Alabama

      Great Hubs from you that I am reading about my crummy feeling! The manager I have now I like, though. I like most of the people I see during my work day. Just getting burned out. I hope I can say I quit before it's time for me to retire from day job. Thanks for writing this hub.