12+ Signs You Need To Quit Your Job

By molly atherton 4 months ago
Ever catch yourself daydreaming about a parallel universe where your office chair is a throne and your boss is a benevolent ruler? If your mental escape plans involve anything but your current job, it might be time for a career reality check. Buckle up, because we're about to explore the telltale signs that scream, 'Quit your job before your stapler becomes your sworn enemy!' Here are 12+ signals that it might be high time to bid farewell to your current gig.

1. You dread going to work in the morning

When the mere thought of your morning alarm sends shivers down your spine and creates a dread that crawls its way into your nightly routine, it's more than a sign. It's practically a neon-lit billboard screaming, 'Wrong job alert!'.Image Source/ HealthlineIf every night before bed the dread starts to creep in when you think about waking up the next morning for work, I can guarantee you are in the wrong job. I can also guarantee you will fantasise about quitting at some point in the future if you haven't already. Take this as your sign to do it.Original content sourced from Femanin.com

2. You have no interest in the work you're doing

Remember that first day at work, when the promise of a new role filled you with anticipation and excitement? Fast forward to the present—has your job morphed into a monotonous routine, leaving you yawning at tasks that once seemed intriguing?Image Source/ SciTech DailyDo you find your work really boring? Is it so routine at this point that you're no longer interested? It may have sounded interesting at the start, or maybe you took it because you needed it financially. Whatever the situation, if you can't stand the work you're doing, you should explore other employment options.

3. Your job is not exciting

When your daily tasks border on the edge of disbelief—so mind-numbingly dull that they seem like a caricature of real work—it's not just a red flag; it's practically a flashing neon warning sign. The yawning gap between what you're capable of and the triviality of the assignments handed to you can feel like an insult to your skills and ambitions.Image Source/ Medical News TodayIf you can't believe the work they're making you do, because it's so unbelievably BORING, then you need to take action. Maybe apply for a promotion or look for another job. If you've hit a standstill or outgrown your current role, then you should take matters into your own hands and allow yourself to grow.

4. You feel stuck

Feeling stuck in a job or in a certain company is really common. You're probably too scared to leave because you don't want to let anyone down, or maybe you're worried about money. I can tell you that you need to put yourself first.Image Source/ Better UpIf you feel stuck, you need to work on growth for yourself. This could be as simple as upskilling and showing off your abilities and gaining a new role within the company, or more drastically, not worrying about other people's feelings and making the leap to leave.

5. You're not 'you' anymore

Stress, that sneaky intruder in the realm of our sanity, doesn't merely tiptoe into our lives; it barges in, uninvited, wreaking havoc on our well-being. Its effects aren't confined to the physical realm alone; they're like ripples in a pond, spreading to every corner of our existence.Image Source/ Help GuideStress can have a huge impact on us, both physically and mentally. Emotions can be all over the place and you may become more irritable, less patient and start to act in ways that aren't necessarily 'you'. Ever snapped at a colleague in the middle of a busy day? Your job can really alter your character if you let it.

6. You're noticing physical changes because of stress

Stress, that stealthy thief of peace, doesn't just take a toll on the mind; it’s a silent assailant that infiltrates the body, wreaking havoc in myriad ways. When the weight of your job becomes a physical burden, it's more than just an inconvenience—it's a wake-up call.Image Source/ NBC NewsThe physical side effects of stress can be massively underestimated. But the cost is too high when your job is having significant impact on your physical wellbeing. It could be as simple as lack of sleep or weight gain, or those unexplained headaches you get every day. Don't wait for any more signs to take better care of yourself!

7. You have no time for yourself

Work-life balance, that elusive equilibrium between professional demands and personal fulfillment, often feels like a myth—something whispered about in hushed tones, yet rarely achieved. In the quest for career success, personal sacrifices often become the currency.Image Source/ BurstWork life balance is SO important, but does anyone actually have it!? How many of your kids' school recitals have you missed due to working late? If it's one too many then take this as your sign and get out immediately. No workplace should ever expect you to prioritise it above your family.

8. You're being undervalued

The pursuit of greener pastures isn't just about the allure of a fatter paycheck; it's about being recognized and valued for the contributions you make. Money, that essential tool in the tapestry of life, often becomes the focal point when considering career shifts.Image Source/ ForbesWanting more money is generally why people leave their current jobs for a new one. If you've done your research and know you're being underpaid, then you should start to search out an opportunity that might be a better fit. Everyone deserves to be valued for what they do.

9. Your workplace promotes burnout culture

Ah, burnout—the modern epidemic stealthily creeping into the lives of dedicated workers like an unwelcome guest overstaying its welcome. It's the quiet storm that brews within, fueled by an unrelenting expectation of constant availability and an insidious culture that blurs the boundaries between work and personal life.Image Source/ Better UpBurnout is a term we are seeing more and more these days. You might have seen some of your friends reach that point. When a workplace expects you to be available 24/7 or you are made to feel guilty about taking holidays or sick days, then you're probably on the road to burnout yourself.

10. You feel like the odd one out

Ever felt like a backstage extra in a play, where the spotlight seems to elude you at every turn? It's not just about being left out of the office grapevine; it's that sinking sensation that you're merely a chess piece, moved around the board without ever being privy to the game's strategy.Image Source/ BBCDo you feel like you're always the last one to be told about what's going on at work? Do you feel like you're the manager's least favourite? If you feel like you're just a body filling a desk then maybe you need to start looking for your next big move.

11. Time isn't on your side

Amidst the persistent tick-tock of societal expectations regarding life's milestones, one clock often remains overlooked—the career clock. The unrelenting queries about family planning might echo loudly, but the subdued tick of your professional aspirations shouldn't be drowned out.Image Source/ Charlotte County Florida WeeklyEveryone is always nagging you about when you'll be having children, making you feel like your biological clock might be ticking. But what about your professional career clock? It is NEVER too late to change career, it takes some people several tries to find their niche. But it's also not worth staying in an unfulfilling job, so start searching now!

12. You've got a wandering eye

Ah, the siren call of LinkedIn, beckoning with its virtual corridors of opportunity, or those daydreams that paint vivid pictures of a career in your dream job—the signs might seem subtle at first, but they're the whispers of discontentment echoing through the halls of your mind.Image Source/ Tech QuintalIf you find yourself trawling LinkedIn in your free time, or daydreaming about starting a new career in your dream job, then your wandering eye might be trying to tell you something. When one half of the relationship starts to wonder what else is out there, it tends to mean that the relationship is over.

13. You spend half your day scrolling on your phone

When the morning meeting becomes a battleground between feigning interest and surreptitiously scrolling through the endless labyrinth of your Facebook newsfeed, it's not merely a fleeting distraction—it's a glaring signpost pointing toward a mismatch between your passion and your present job.Image Source/ StoryblocksIf you spend the morning meeting scrolling on your Facebook newsfeed rather than paying attention, maybe its a sign you should find a job you're actually passionate about. Even checking your email is probably more interesting than hearing what your co-workers have to say on the brief.

14. You and your coworkers constantly disagree

Ah, the intricacies of workplace dynamics, where clashes in personalities can sometimes feel as sharp as nails on a chalkboard. It's an unspoken truth that every workplace has its fair share of personalities, and navigating through the spectrum of characters can sometimes feel like a diplomatic feat.Image Source/ Business InsiderIs it really fair that you have to work with the most arrogant and unreasonable people!? But what's to say they aren't thinking the same thing about you... Have you ever thought that maybe you would enjoy your job a lot more if you were working with like-minded people?

15. You daydream a lot

What if?"—those two simple words carry the weight of countless possibilities and unexplored paths. They're the spark that ignites the imagination, the gateway to contemplating life's uncharted territories. If these words echo through the corridors of your mind like a persistent drumbeat, it's your inner compass nudging you toward the precipice of change.Image Source/ Sleep Foundation"What if?" is a big question. If it's a big question you ask yourself a lot then maybe you should take a leap of faith and investigate the path you wish to take in your life. No one wants to look back in fifty years and wonder why they didn't take a chance.

16. Mondays are your last favourite day of the week

Sundays—the bittersweet transition from the weekend's embrace to the week's responsibilities. It's natural to have a hint of reluctance as Sunday evening unfolds, bidding farewell to leisurely moments and ushering in the impending workweek.Image Source/ Inc MagazineNo one particularly likes a Sunday night when it signifies the end of the weekend and your return to work. However, if you have genuine dread and anxiety about a Monday and the start of a new week then that's really something you need to investigate.

17. You wouldn't recommend your job to a friend

When you're hesitant to recommend your workplace to a friend seeking employment, it's more than just about protecting them from potential negatives—it's a reflective moment that begs you to examine your own situation.Image Source/ Times of IndiaIf you have a friend who's looking for a job, but you don't want to tell them the company you work for is hiring, because you 'don't recommend it' then you need to ask yourself why you're still there. The list of reasons for why you don't want your friend to work there also applies to you.

18. You're not learning anything, but you wish you were

Embracing a phase of contentment without actively seeking new knowledge or skills is a natural part of life. It's okay to relish the present and not constantly feel the need to pursue additional growth. However, when that contentment transforms into a yearning for progression, it's a signpost pointing towards unmet aspirations.Image Source/ ForbesYou don't always have to be learning new knowledge or skills, it is perfectly normal to have periods in your life where you're content just as you are. However, if you're at a standstill and you are itching to move up and progress, but no one else is interested in your development, then maybe it's worth considering finding a teacher elsewhere.

19. Always trust your gut

Our instincts are like an inner compass, finely attuned to pick up subtle signals that our conscious mind might overlook. When that sense of unease or anxiety creeps in, especially regarding work or the mere thought of heading there, it's not just a fleeting discomfort—it's your instincts sounding an alarm.Image Source/ Your TangoYour instincts can tell you a lot, so if you feel uneasy or anxious about work or even the thought of going to work, then maybe take the hint. Generally, it's your nerves trying to tell you that something's wrong, which is why you're told to always trust your gut.

20. You no longer smile at work

Work, by its nature, isn't always a joyride, but there's a certain camaraderie and lightheartedness that usually permeates a healthy workplace. If you find yourself trudging through your days without a hint of laughter or a shared moment of humor with coworkers, it's more than just a lack of enjoyment.Image Source/ ZDNETWork isn't always enjoyable for anyone, but if you can't even remember the last time you shared a joke with a coworker, or cracked a smile at a staff meeting, then maybe your time has come to an end. It sounds like the job might be making you miserable.

21. You procrastinate a lot

We all have those occasional off-days where engagement at work might wane, and the clock seems to tick slower. Yet, if this feeling of disengagement becomes a persistent companion, marking each day with a longing for home time, it's more than just a passing phase—it's a red flag waving high.Image Source/ Business InsiderNot every day is as engaging as the previous and some days you might spend wishing for home time, but if this is you every day then it's a problem. If you are constantly thinking up new, menial tasks and then prioritising them over your actual work, then you are procrastinating. Generally, that means you're avoiding something.

22. It brings out the worst in you

Imposter syndrome, that sneaky intruder into our confidence, can wrap its tendrils around every aspect of our professional persona. The weight of feeling inadequate or undeserving in your role can morph into a constant state of strain and anxiety, a cocktail of emotions that alters your behavior in subtle yet profound ways.Image Source/ Lifehacker AustraliaImposter syndrome is a real thing and happens to real people. It can make you strained and anxious and then it's going to have an impact on your behaviour. Maybe you are less tolerant and all your insecurities are amplified. That will definitely have an effect on your productivity at work.

23. Maybe it's time to move on...

When family and friends gently nudge you toward considering a change, it's more than just casual advice—it's a collective observation from those who witness your life from the outside. Their objectivity often offers a perspective that we might overlook in the midst of our own experiences.Image Source/ NewsweekIf your family and friends have started to hint that you might benefit from a change of pace, you might want to listen to their advice. They're often the most objective opinions and they can see things you don't want to see. They're the ones who have to suffer your moods after all...

24. You feel compelled to stay

Instances where you're passed over for a promotion but promised one in the future, or where your boss invests time in teaching you, can create a sense of obligation to stay. However, it's crucial to recognize that your career growth and fulfillment should be your priority.Image Source/ Business InsiderPerhaps you have recently been passed over for a promotion but they've dangled the carrot for next time, or you have a boss who's put a lot of time into teaching you, so you feel obliged to stay. I can tell you, if they really want what's best for you, no one will judge you for leaving.

25. You've got something better in the pipeline

Engaging in secretive interviews or discreet networking at events might be your subconscious signaling the need for change. These clandestine actions often stem from a yearning for something more, a desire for a professional adventure beyond the confines of your current role.Image Source/ Business Big NewsAre you having interviews with other companies on the down low, or networking for yourself at business events? Then this is your sign to just do it. Quit your boring job and take a risk on your new opportunity. You never know where it might take you.

26. You need to numb your feelings

Chronic stress and the looming threat of burnout can push us toward drastic coping mechanisms. Some might seek solace in excessive eating or drinking, using these as a temporary balm to numb the anxiety and unease that work induces.Image Source/ Eat This Not ThatChronic stress leading to burnout encourages us to blow off steam in drastic ways. This may be overindulging in food or drink just to numb the anxiety of going to work the next day. Everyone's distraction techniques will be different, but if you're only doing it to avoid thinking about work then that might be a sign to get out.

27. You cry about going to work

Experiencing such intense emotions at the mere thought of going to work is a significant red flag. While occasional stress is a part of professional life, consistently feeling overwhelmed to the point of tears isn't a normal state of affairs.Image Source/ New York TimesIf the thought of going into the office is getting so bad that you're in floods of tears, then it's gone too far. Everyone can be emotional in high stress situations, but your every day work life shouldn't be a high stress situation leading to this extreme reaction.

28. Your job is affecting your confidence

In a professional setting, comments or behaviors from coworkers or superiors hold weight—they shape our perception of ourselves and our capabilities. When these interactions start eroding your confidence rather than uplifting it, it becomes more than just a passing annoyance; it becomes a corrosive force that eats away at your self-belief.Image Source/ SHRMSome things are easy enough to ignore, but some things start to eat away at your confidence. This might be comments from coworkers or your boss, those who should be encouraging you. If you don't feel valued then you start to doubt yourself and it's a downwards spiral from there.

29. You're concerned about the financial stability of your company

Uncertainty about a company's future can breed a significant amount of stress and fear, especially when it comes to your financial stability. If you find yourself constantly worried about the financial health or trajectory of the company you work for, it's a sign that staying might not be in your best interest.Image Source/ Rife MagazineIf you don't know where your firm will be in a year, get out now. Being fearful of the financial state of a company that pays your bills is not healthy and is down right fearful. You may even see them losing money or growing smaller. Abandon ship! You need to find a more stable organisation.

30. Your boss needs an attitude check

In any workplace, minor disagreements are almost inevitable; differing opinions and perspectives are a part of professional life. However, when these disagreements escalate to a point where you feel unsupported by your employer or colleagues, it can significantly impact your productivity and career growth.Image Source/ The MirrorMinor disagreements within the work place are normal. But if it goes too far and you don't feel like you're supported by your employer then your productivity and career progression might suffer. Repairing those broken relationships is always the ideal situation, but don't let your livelihood suffer if it can't be repaired.

31. You Get The Sunday Night Blues

Feeling the weight of Monday's impending arrival on Sunday nights isn't uncommon, but when it becomes a pattern of overwhelming dread, it's a sign that something deeper is amiss. Your weekends should rejuvenate you, not serve as a mere countdown to the inevitable return to work.Image Source / American Psychological AssociationEvery single week, Sunday is an absolute write off because you're just miserable and dreading going back to work. Sunday nights just feel like the worst because you can't focus on anything else except the impending doom of returning to Monday morning work.

32. You Google 'Should I Quit My Job'

Seeking answers outside of ourselves often reflects an inner knowing or a gut feeling we've been trying to reconcile with. Googling questions about job dissatisfaction or seeking advice might indeed be a way of seeking validation for thoughts or feelings we've been grappling with internally.Image Source / Sophie WinterIf you're Googling for the answer to a question like this, then you already know the answer deep down - and that's 'yes'. If you were enjoying being at your job, there's no way you'd be thinking about Googling a question like this.

33. You're Actually Reading This Article!

Seeking out articles or information about signs indicating it might be time to leave your job is often a clear indication that the thought has been brewing in your mind. It's like seeking confirmation for something you've already sensed deep down.Image Source / The New YorkerThe same applies to this! Why else would you be reading an article about signs you should quit your job if you weren't already thinking about it? And reading an article hoping it will give you the exact answer you're looking for (the answer you already know).

34. You Dread People Asking About Your Job

The polite social dance of discussing professions can be a delicate balancing act, especially when you're not particularly fond of your current job. Planning how to respond in a way that downplays any dissatisfaction is a common reflex.Image Source / Scientific AmericanYou meet new people and you know the 'so what do you do?' question is coming, and you're already planning how to answer to make it sound like you don't hate your job (you've just met this person after all so you don't want to rant) but you're just secretly wishing they won't ask at all.

35. Your Management/Boss Is Absolutely Useless

The influence of management on job satisfaction can't be overstated. Even in an incredible company with a job you adore, ineffective or problematic management can sour the experience significantly. It's not just about the job itself; it's about the environment and leadership that shapes your daily experiences.Image Source / ForbesIt's a sad fact that even if a company is amazing and even if you love your job, it can actually be impossible if your management is useless. The order of things is just too difficult to cope with, meaning that - even if you love what you do - you might start dreaming about working for somebody who actually knows what they're doing.

36. You Spend Your Free Time Revisiting Your Resume

That sudden urge to update your resume out of the blue often signals an underlying preparation for a potential job hunt. Our subconscious tends to offer subtle hints, and the impromptu resume update is a telltale sign that you might be contemplating a change in your professional life.Image Source / Office Templates - Microsoft OfficeIf you find yourself relaxing on the sofa and suddenly thinking 'hmm I wonder what my resume is looking like' and start updating it to include your latest job and information, this might be you subconsciously prepping for that next job hunt. Why else would you be thinking about your resume?

37. You Have Serious Anxiety And Depression

The impact of a job you dislike can take a significant toll on your mental health. Spending a considerable portion of your day in an environment that doesn't bring you joy or fulfillment can indeed lead to feelings of serious discontent and even depression.Image Source / Everyday HealthOf course, there are many reasons this can happen - and sometimes no real reason at all for it - but it's highly likely that, if you hate your job, it's going to make you seriously depressed. Because you spend so many hours at a job you hate, of course your mental health is going to take a serious hit.

38. You Consider Just Walking Out At Least One A Day

Feeling the impulse to simply walk away from a job, without even serving the customary notice period, can indeed be a powerful indicator of immense frustration and dissatisfaction. When the thought of walking out becomes a persistent daydream, it reflects the severity of the situation.Image Source / WorkNestYou start daydreaming about what it would be like just to pack up your stuff and go. Not even handing in your notice, just walking out when you seriously can't take it anymore. It's so bad that even working your notice seems like an impossible task.

39. You're Only Doing It For The Money (But It's Making You Miserable)

Needing a job to pay the bills is a reality for many, and there's nothing wrong with that. However, when the job that solely serves this purpose becomes a source of misery or affects your mental health negatively, it's a cause for concern.Image Source / Marxist.comThere's nothing wrong with doing a job just for the money, because everyone needs to pay the bills after all, but the problem starts when it's actually making you miserable. If it's an okay job that pays the bills, fair enough, but no amount of money is worth making yourself depressed.

40. You've Begun To Think What It Would Be Like To Work For Yourself

Sometimes, changes in our desires and ambitions prompt us to consider new paths, like venturing into self-employment. There could be various reasons for this shift in mindset. For some, it's a natural evolution toward a more entrepreneurial mindset—a desire to take control of their professional destiny and build something on their terms.Image Source / FoundrMaybe your wants and needs have changed and you're not wondering about this whole self-employed business. This could be because you're starting to think with a more business mind, or maybe it's because you're so sick of your boss you're dreaming of a time when you can be your own.

41. You Don't Like The 9-5 Work Culture

The traditional 9-5 work culture doesn't suit everyone's lifestyle or productivity rhythms. Even if you genuinely enjoy the work, the rigid schedule might not align with your preferences or peak productivity hours. Yearning for a different schedule, such as working nights or setting your own hours, is a natural response.Image Source / New IntrigueThe fact is, the 9-5 work culture just isn't for everyone. Even if you enjoy the work itself, you might wonder about a different schedule (like working nights) or just what it would be like to set your own hours. If the 9-5 isn't working for you, then over time, this is seriously going to wear you down.

42. Your Commute Is Way Too Long

The impact of a long and draining commute shouldn't be underestimated. While you might love your job, a lengthy commute can gradually erode the benefits and satisfaction you derive from it. The toll it takes in terms of time, money, and energy can become a substantial factor to consider.Image Source / The WorkstationThere's always a chance that you love your job but the commute is just way too long. There's a difference between an annoying commute and one that is just costing far too much in time and money that half your wage is going on just getting to work in the first place. You might need to look for a job closer to home.

43. You Don't Enjoy Any Of Your Days Off

That feeling of being unable to switch off from work, even during your days off, can be incredibly taxing. When your relaxation is overshadowed by the impending return to a job that brings you distress or dissatisfaction, it indicates a significant imbalance in your work-life dynamics.Image Source / Mindful.orgThere's no possible way you can ever relax or stop thinking about work because even on your days off you're just counting down the minutes for when you have to return to work, aware that your days off are only postponing the inevitable misery.

44. All You Do Is Talk About How Much You Hate Your Job

When a job becomes a significant source of frustration or dissatisfaction, it tends to permeate every aspect of your life. It starts seeping into conversations and thoughts, coloring your interactions and even impacting your weekend plans.Image Source / LaddersYou'll find that it slips into every conversation because a job that is wearing you down is going to affect everything. Someone asks how your day has been? Complain about the job. Someone asks what you want to do at the weekend? Say you don't know because you're too tired to think after your crappy job. Rinse and repeat.

45. And You're Just Negative About Everything In General

A job that drains you or makes you unhappy tends to cast a shadow over your entire perspective. It infiltrates not only your work life but influences your overall outlook on life, affecting your emotions and how you perceive daily experiences.Image Source / MaxMyProfitWhen you hate your job, you're going to have a less than optimistic viewpoint about everything else, too, simply because it's getting right into your skin. So you may find that you're negative about every daily thing or speak as though there's no hope about the future, or that you don't particularly look forward to anything - everything just annoys you.

46. There's No One At Your Work That You Look Up To Or Aspire To

Having mentors or role models can be incredibly motivating and instrumental in one's career growth. In a dead-end job where opportunities for growth or inspiration are limited, the absence of such figures can feel disheartening.Image Source / MicroEnglishWhen you're trying to build a career, it's always nice to have some sort of mentor, or at least someone you look at and think, 'Wow, I hope I get to their position one day, I could learn from them.' But in a dead end job maybe there's absolutely nobody around you who motivates or inspires you.

47. You Get Passed Over For A Promotion Constantly

Consistently being overlooked for a promotion despite your efforts and qualifications can be incredibly disheartening. When you've repeatedly put yourself forward, demonstrated your capabilities, and yet still don't see the desired progress, it's a sign of a stagnant environment.Image Source / Alva LabsYou've worked there long enough now, have constantly put yourself forward for a promotion, but every single time you just don't make the cut. Once would be understandable if you had skills to work on, but after the 10th time of being skipped over, it's time to cut loose.

48. Your Job Role Is Different To What They Promised You At The Interview

Experiencing a disconnect between what was promised during the interview and the reality of the job after starting can be incredibly frustrating. It's disheartening when the responsibilities and exciting potential discussed during the interview don't align with the actual tasks assigned once you're in the position.Image Source / BetterteamEverything seemed rosy at the interview. You were told about all your responsibilities, got excited about the develop potential and what you'd be doing every day. Come to a week or so after starting the position and you're asked to do boring tasks that have nothing to do with what you should be doing. And turns out nothing they said at the interview was truthful.

49. Your Job Has Absolutely Nothing To Do With Anything You're Interested In

When your job doesn't align with your passions, interests, or even your understanding, it can leave you feeling disengaged and unfulfilled. It's more than just a lack of interest in the work itself; it's about the absence of any connection between your job and your personal aspirations or values.Image Source / BitGabThis doesn't just mean your overall job aspirations, either - it could mean your personal passions and hobbies, too. Your job just isn't anything you care about, and never will be, and you barely even understand what it is you do. It's just a bit 'meh', to say the least.

50. Your Responsibilities Have Grown - But Your Wage Hasn't

It's incredibly frustrating when a company entrusts you with added responsibilities over time but doesn't reflect this increased workload in your compensation. Being given more tasks without a corresponding increase in pay can feel undervaluing and demotivating.Image Source / The Migration BureauYou've been working there a long time so you've slowly been offered more and more responsibilities over time. Great stuff - they obviously believe in you, right? They know you've always worked hard so know they can trust you with further things to do. Problem is, they don't pay you any different for doing a whole lot more.