I need to quit my job! How to know when to quit your job
How to know when to quit and leave work
Have you heard about the International Quit Your Crappy Day Job Day?
While we’re all about workplace improvement and positive thinking, we also recognize that sometimes you need to quit your job.
Perhaps you’re just stuck in a, well, crappy job.
How do I know if I should quit my job?
Celpax is a tool for managers to measure and improve employee morale.
And it’s also a tool to help employees reflect on your workdays.
At the end of your day as you pass by the Celpax device, you make a statement by pressing either the Green or the Red button; “I had a good day” or “I had a bad day”.
By starting a habit to give feedback upon how your day went, many automatically start reflecting over things that might lead to an improved work situation.
When you press either button, perhaps you think about all the events throughout your workday that went into this decision.
Are you pressing red because you’re working under pressure on a tight deadline?
Or because your coworkers never stop criticizing everything?
Are you pressing green because your meeting (for the first time ever) didn’t go over time and everyone stayed on task?
Not only can you many times pinpoint these incidents but the Celpax also gives you the opportunity to think about what you can do to help change your days.
Reason to quit a job
Causes for a red button day like, a bad meeting or a conflict with an employee are perhaps conditions that you can improve on?
Ask yourself, are there tactics you or a manager can implement to improve communication?
Is there someone you can speak with about the conflict to help resolve it?
Celpax believes what can be measured, can be improved.
But what do you do, as an employee, if you see no improvements on your manager’s or your or workplace’s end? If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a hundred times but, a great workplace is everybody’s job.
Like this Swedish user states, “improving at work isn’t about one person pulling everyone else along, or the HR department doing all the work – it’s about all co-workers working together to improve.”
How to know when to quit your job is something only you can know. Are there irreconcilable differences at work?
As an employee, you need to commit to doing what you can to improve but your manager or company does as well.
If you find yourself pressing red button after red button each day, this could be a sign that you’re ready to quit your job.
Here are a few signs of red button days that may indicate that it’s time to quit your job:
1. You and your job just aren’t meant to be
You no longer or just plain don’t believe in your company culture. It could be for ethical or cultural reasons but you just don’t see eye to eye with your company’s decisions.
As user Scott from Zerorez puts it:
“I now go through our company values when I interview candidates. I tell them that the people you’ll be sitting next to share these values, so it’s gonna be easier to fit in to our work culture if you do too.”
How to know when to quit your job? If company values don’t mesh with your values, you won’t be happy and you might not get along with co-workers or managers.
While we do see many employees trying to work out these issues, sometimes there are just irreconcilable differences between you and your workplace. If this is the case, then you may want to quit your job.
Perhaps it’s safe to say that your lack of passion isn’t doing you, or your co-workers any favours?
2. It’s a toxic work environment
If you’re in a toxic work environment experiencing abuse (verbal, emotional) or harassment (sexual or even bullying), we urge you to head directly to HR or report such behaviour to the appropriate person.
Never accept a toxic work environment.
However, like this quote from Forbes Magazine says:
“If you’re the victim of bullying, sexual harassment or other egregious behaviour, you should certainly keep an eye out for other positions, regardless of what corrective measures you’re taking”.
3. A stressful job
There’s normal, everyday stress in every workplace. Whether it’s working on a big project with a tight deadline or trying to meet goals, this stress usually passes.
While it can contribute to a red button day, for the most part, it’s temporary.
If you find yourself overwhelmed with stress though, and this stress bleeding into other parts of your life, it might be time to consider quitting your job.
Know anyone that had a burnout from a stressful job? Yeah, there’s no easy coming back from that.
According to this article, a paper found that health problems stemming from job stress, like hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and decreased mental health, lead to fatal conditions.
The same article states that a stressful job is costly in monetary terms, too.
Researchers found that stress-related health problems could be responsible for between 5 to 8 percent of annual healthcare costs in the US. That amounts to about $180 billion each year in healthcare expenses.
4. Work is boring and unchallenging
There are parts of every job that are, well, less than fun. That’s normal for every workplace.
How do I know if I should quit my job?
If your boring parts outweigh your more challenging parts or, if you find yourself feeling stuck and stagnant in your position then you may want to think about quitting your job.
Before you do, perhaps speak with a direct supervisor or manager to talk about being more challenged in your position.
You may find that with a few changes, your day to day could see more green buttons.
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How to know when to quit your job
To summarize: When you find yourself pressing the red button way too often, it’s time to reflect a bit more and take further actions.
When your energy is gone, your paycheck is not what you deserve or you are in a toxic work environment, it might be time to hand in that employment resignation form.
No matter what you decide, whether or not you quit your job, we hope there are lots of green buttons in your future!