No workplace is perfect, but if your job is truly making you miserable, it may be time to say, "I quit!"
Sometimes, your dream job turns out to be a dud, your boss is a jerk, your co-workers are impossible to work with and you find yourself hating walking into the office every day. How do you know when it's time to stop putting up with it and move on to the next step in your career?
Finding a new job isn't always the easiest task, and sometimes the problems you face daily can be fixed if you just approach it the right way. Before you up and leave, Dr. Dani Kimlinger, organizational psychology leader at MINES and Associates, a national business psychology firm, says you should first consider your options.
"There are options that you might try first, especially since it is harder to find a job if you're unemployed," Kimlinger said. "For instance, if your commute is getting to you, perhaps you can talk to your supervisor about telecommuting [a few days] per week."
Kimlinger also noted that if you're unhappy with a company policy, you may be able to get it changed or updated, and if you're having issues with a colleague, your boss or HR department may be able to help you work through them. Or, if you're bored with your work, you may be able to ask for new tasks and challenges. [Hate Sitting Behind a Desk? 18 Best Jobs for You ]
"The bottom line is, try to address your concerns first, ask if things can change, and remember: the answer is 'no' unless you ask," Kimlinger said.
If you do intend to approach your supervisor or HR about the issues you're experiencing, make sure you come prepared with a suggestion for a potential solution. If you don't, Kimlinger said, you may not be taken seriously, as it could just sound like complaining. If all else fails, quitting might just be the next step.
So, is it really time to quit your job? Take Kimlinger's quiz to find out. Simply answer "true" or "false" to each statement, then follow the scoring instructions below to see where you stand.
1. __________ I do not look forward to going to work most days.
2. __________ I am asked to do things that are unethical and/or violate my values.
3. __________ I received a subpar performance review.
4. __________ My job regularly interferes with my work/life balance.
5. __________ I do not get along with my boss.
6. __________ I regularly consider leaving my job.
7. __________ I do not have professional development opportunities in my position.
8. __________ If I were offered a solid position right now, even if it paid less, I would consider it.
9. __________ There is no growth potential for me in my company.
10. __________ I am overqualified for my position.
11. __________ I have difficulty working with most of my colleagues.
12. __________ I had a recent disagreement with my boss or peer.
13. __________ I complain regularly about my workplace to my family and friends.
14. __________ I am checking job postings more often as time goes on.
15. __________ My appearance and health habits have changed for the worse.
16. __________ People are leaving my team and/or company for better opportunities in other companies.
17. __________ I have taken a sick day here and there because I dread going to work.
18. __________ My daily tasks are repetitive.
19. __________ I feel that I could find a better compensation package elsewhere.
20. __________ I am unhappy with my work commute.
If you answered "True" to 1–3 statements: You are probably more satisfied than not on a given day. See what you can do to address any issues you may be experiencing.
If you answered "True" to 4–8 statements: Consider talking to your boss, a colleague that you trust, or HR to see if there is anything you can do to address the areas that you are unhappy with.
If you answered "True" to 8–13 statements: You are pretty unhappy with your job. Consider whether or not the areas that you are unhappy with can be enhanced. This may not happen fast enough or meet your standards. Perhaps consider looking for other opportunities while you are assessing whether or not change can happen.
If you answered "True" to 14 or more statements: You should probably consider leaving. Indeed, there may be room for some change, but in your case, there would need to be a lot of change and fast! Of course, you may want to look for another opportunity while you are still employed, as it's often easier to find a new job while you still have one.