If you’re reading this it’s because you are one of millions of people who dread going to work on Monday. The good news is you’re not alone. The bad news is you’re in a tough situation that takes a clear mind to fix. How do you know if you should quit your job—Here’s how:
You Should Quit Your Job If…
You’re in a toxic environment
No workplace is perfect because wherever we find people, we’ll find the problems people create. But that’s no excuse for leadership to allow bullying, sexual harassment, or any other workplace behavior that’s just wrong. If you’re in a place that makes excuses for toxic and illegal behavior, it’s time to quit.
You don’t see a future there
Every employee should have a clear plan for their career advancement. If you’ve taken a look at yours and you don’t see advancement opportunities in it, it’s time to leave. Life flies by and if you don’t leave now you’ll be five years into your future with little to nothing to show for it. Take action now.
Your boss doesn’t respect you
Your boss doesn’t have to like you for you to do well—but if he or she doesn’t respect you, you will dread going to work. And how can you do good work, never mind great work, if your boss thinks so little of you? Think more of yourself and give yourself the respect you deserve by finding a boss who respects you.
You could do your work in your sleep
To thrive we need to be challenged. Few people can challenge themselves if their boss or teammates don’t see their potential and help them grow it. If you’re coasting because no one is calling you on it, do yourself a favor and leave. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and aren’t afraid to challenge you to greater things.
You’re afraid to quit
If you’ve been dreaming of a better job but allowing your fears to keep you there, get the support you need to move on to better things. Fear takes over when we focus more on what we lack than on what we have going for us. Take inventory of your experience, skills and passions. Then find a place where you can make the most of them.
Bonus Tip: I’m not advocating quitting your job the minute you decide it’s time to leave. You need a solid plan and a support system. There are plenty of books, podcasts, webinars and workshops at your disposal. Use them. If you’re lacking in confidence, start with The Confidence Myth: Why Women Undervalue Their Skills and How to Get Over It by Helene Lerner.