5 Signs that You Should Quit Your Job

Quitting is never easy, but sometimes it is absolutely necessary. If you are considering quitting your job, chances are you have made your decision just by thinking about it, but just in case you just cannot make up your mind, here are five ways to know that you are ready to call it quits.

If you spend more time on Facebook than doing work…
It is expected that your mind will wander throughout the day and you will indulge in such mindless entertainment as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or any number of social networking sites that keep us from utter boredom. When, however, you spend the majority of your day indulging instead of working, this is a clear sign that the time may have come to consider quitting. While no one can be focused 100% of the day, complete lack of said focus indicates a disinterest in your daily work and job in general. If you do not feel fulfilled or even slightly stimulated, this is not the workplace for you.

If you take days off liberally and for less than valid reasons…
A certain level of respect for your job and employer is required to maintain a successful standing in your position. At a certain point this respect may be lost and indicate a complete lack of care for your job, co-workers, or boss. Although many people relish a chance to sneak away from work every once in a while, spending your days plotting a fake sick day is not healthy for you and certainly not at all productive for your place of business. Frustration and lack of respect are definitely indicators that it is time to leave.

If you cannot see your boss without scowling…
A large part of a positive working environment is getting along with your employer and co-workers. Disagreements and conflicts will inevitably arise, however when they reach a boiling point and you can no longer work without extreme negativity toward one or many of the people you work with, the position you hold becomes hostile and ready to explode. It is best to leave a job maintaining a good working relationship with your employer as it may reflect positively for future positions and reference calls. If such a relationship is already tenuous and may become more severe, a change may be in order.

If you have not had a promotion or raise in pay in over a year…
Most places evaluate their employees’ performance at least once a year and should they find it satisfactory offer some kind of incentive to continue the good work. Of course the time frame for these raises and promotions may vary from company to company and it is important to familiarize yourself with such procedures, however if you have not seen any possibility of improvement in your status, chances are you are in a dead-end situation. A good job includes opportunities for advancement, if that is not an option, this job is not a keeper.

If you are already searching for another job…
Many people procrastinate and delay handing in their two-week notice because they are afraid of change. It is good to have a healthy amount of fear, especially in our current economy and struggling job market, however if you are spending your days searching for new opportunities, you have clearly done all that you can at your present position. By sticking it out longer you are draining the company for which you work of a valuable resource, and depriving yourself of better, more suitable opportunities.