In this environment, with companies making difficult workforce decisions due to the pandemic, it’s no surprise many people who have jobs are thinking about quitting.
But some of them wonder whether now is a good time. Or, will they find anything better? It can be a challenging decision, and some people might think they have no business leaving because they have a good job, while other people are out of work entirely.
The truth is, if you’re unhappy getting up each morning to go to work and dread Sundays because Monday is right around the corner, you might be justified thinking of quitting.
By the same token, if you realize that you’re living someone else’s dream and working at it for one more day could send you over the edge, you might be right that now is the time to make a move.
Taking a realistic assessment of your situation will help you to weigh your options and come to a decision that feels right for you at this point in your life. What is it about your job? What do you like—and don’t like?
Here are ten things to consider as you try to figure out if now is the time to think of quitting.
Thinking About Quitting—You Might Have A Very Good Reason
- Are you feeling undervalued? You may be in a situation where you’re good at what you do, and your company sees that, so they reward you with more work and no appreciation.
- What about feeling over-qualified? With reorganizations and downsizings, you might be offered a down-graded position to keep your job. But, that puts you at entry-level, far below what you did before or what you’re capable of doing.
- Perhaps you at the salary cap for your position. You may have been with the same company in the same job for several years. Consequently, you reach the top of the pay grade for that position. It’s an excellent reason to start thinking about quitting.
- Could it be that you need a new challenge? In the same vein as number 3, if you’ve done the same thing for a while and you’ve held several jobs within the department or even the company, you might have tapped-out the opportunity for continued growth in your field.
- Is your work environment making you uncomfortable? There are many situations within the workplace that you find unpleasant, even toxic. And, these are very personal and need to be evaluated as such. What makes you uneasy or feels awkward may be perfectly fine for someone else. That doesn’t mean you have to tolerate it.
- Do you feel the soul being sucked out of you? There is definitely something wrong if you feel this regularly. You may have loved the job when it started, but now you hate getting up in the morning. Plus, you are unmotivated, uninterested, and indifferent.
- Are there personal obligations that make it difficult for you to work? Your parenting responsibilities may have changed, your parents or a loved one may need caregiving, health concerns for yourself may have developed. All good reasons to think about quitting and make a change.
- Is a better work/life balance important to you? The workload and hours required to get it done have exceeded your limit to meet all your other obligations, and there is no end in sight.
- Could it be that too many things have changed at work, and it’s not the same? As companies grow, people come and go, and management styles shift, many things can change. On the other hand, companies may downsize and that’s a change of a different kind. The culture, values, and mission may no longer align with who you are and what you want for yourself.
- And, last but not least—you found a great new opportunity! Once this happens, the ‘thinking about quitting’ can stop. Now, planning your graceful exit with dignity can begin. You have found a new role that is in total alignment with your goals, values, passions, and purpose. Bravo! It’s the most satisfying reason to quit your job.
If one or more of these reasons to quit resonate highly with you, it might be time to give some thought to what resources you need to put in place to facilitate your move into a new adventure.
Before you leap to writing that resignation letter, get your ducks in a row, have a plan, research your options, and know what you’re leaping to so you land on solid ground.
Thinking about quitting is just the beginning of this journey, understanding why you want to leave is the next leg, and finding the best opportunity that feeds your soul is the destination you seek.
Take the First Step
If you are in a soul-sucking job and are thinking about quitting, you may find coming to a decision challenging. Would it be helpful to know that the decision could be made easier by using a simple self-assessment tool? Your answer to ten questions will give you an excellent start.
Take the first step and download your free “Stay-Go|Now Later” Decision-making Tool. Then schedule a complimentary analysis of your results. You will walk away with more clarity and confidence about your choices.