“I hate my job! Should I quit?”

We have thought these words, or even uttered them out loud, several times in the course of our careers. Most of the time, this sentiment can come from a place of temporary resentment. Maybe a great plan bit the dust, or hard work went unappreciated. This is normal–we all feel some stress when it comes to work. It’s natural. However, there are times when many of us fail to understand that it really is time to quit.

At the forefront, I’ll say with all honesty that it’s all worked out for the best. My decision ultimately led me down the path to becoming a recruiter, a career opportunity from which I have reaped both personal and professional benefits: I have to tell you, there’s nothing more satisfying than helping someone find that perfect job–especially when it comes at the tail end of a job they weren’t that fulfilled with in the first place.

But like everyone else, that first step filled me with some animosity. Looking back, it was the right choice–that does mean that those first steps weren’t a little tricky.

 

Making the Choice

Thankfully, I was able to determine the right time to part ways before I started to regret continuing in the job. For me, there were a few telltale indicators that told me the timing was just right.

I knew it was time to quit when there were clear signs that quitting would benefit me in the long run. There were times when I experienced more dissatisfaction than benefits. Trust me: I am someone who knows the importance of learning to take the bad that comes with the good. But when my experience at work started to get intensely abrogating, I had to start thinking about leaving. With the mere thought of that, I felt an instant relief and started feeling better.

At some point in time, continuing the same way just wasn’t what I wanted. After my numerous attempts to fix the issues, there was no belief left that things would change. I have many friends who experienced similar situations. While some of them waited for the promotion or on site opportunity they were promised for years, others couldn’t cope with the attitude of a bad team leader or manager. When I knew that people and situations weren’t going to change for me, I knew it was time for me to quit.

 

Watch Out For Red Flags

When I first started working in that office, I was so excited, thinking about all the opportunities I would be able to make the best use of. But as years passed, I started hating mornings and the mere thought of having to go to work that day. This was a sentiment I’d heard time and time again: The job wasn’t something I loved anymore. And when I don’t love something and can’t be passionate about it, I can’t contribute my 100 percent.

 

Signs you should Quit your Job

One other huge red flag for me was when the stress from my job started affecting my physical well-being, as well as mental health. The stress had a negative impact on my personal life too, and when this happened for a boss who didn’t appreciate my value, I felt the need to reevaluate.

So finally, I did it: I submitted my resignation. After that, some things worked out really well for me, but some didn’t. While quitting my job had its upside, there are some points I overlooked, which I only realized later. Had I made the right decision, after all?

 

Second Thoughts

Before quitting, be sure to determine the root cause of your distress. For some, it’s not the job at all, but the other aspects life that have turned negative, which in turn negatively affect the work-life balance. Digging deeper, you may realize that it isn’t actually the job or your boss that’s causing you distress, but something outside of work that you have failed to recognize.

And sometimes, things need time to fall in place. For many, if they have just changed jobs, or if they are new to the workforce, the new job could actually make them anxious. None of us is perfect, and we don’t get the right results the very first time we try: Therefore, try to understand that it’s okay to make mistakes, or to feel disappointed of your approach. It might simply be necessary to give the pursuit a little bit of time and fight through it. Who knows, you may have landed a job that you really love.

Having a solid backup plan before quitting is of vital importance as well. When I quit my job, I didn’t have a backup plan. I didn’t know how to proceed next and wasn’t prepared to face the reality. I had to try my hand at many other jobs before I could identify the one I was passionate about, and it definitely wasn’t an easy ride. Things worked out, but I realized the importance of having a strong backup plan before calling it quits.

 

It all worked out

Having an objective view on a situation can be difficult, and not everyone can master it. Yes, change is frightening, and quitting will make us feel like we’ve failed, especially having invested a lot of time and effort into something. But if you’ve arrived at a point where you are sure that things just have to change, analyze how many of these situations ring a bell for you. It’s entirely possible that your situation mirrors this one in ways that will feel downright absurd. But we’re all human. And sometimes, as much as we hear otherwise, it’s okay to quit.

I have over 10 years’ experience in the Logistics and Transportation industry working both as an in-house HR professional as well as an external recruiter. Connect with me for your next Logistics & Supply Chain hiring role.

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