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How to Know When It’s Time to Call It Quits

Blog / March 21, 2019

You’re bored at work. You’re frustrated. You’re not a fan of your new supervisor. There are so many reasons why you’re starting to consider looking for a new job. But there’s a big difference between being ready and just experiencing a little temporary boredom or discontentment. So it’s important to really think it through before you impulsively call it quits. Here are ten signs that it’s time to start looking for a new job. 

Passionless commitment 

It’s hard to reach your full potential if you’re not excited about what you do every day. Worse, if you’re miserable each time you leave for work, it’s a sign that it’s time to move on. 

Sinking ship

No matter how you feel about your company, if you can see that it’s tanking, get out as soon as you can. Start your job search now while you’re still being paid, before they start letting people go.


Sometimes you can try to fix the problems you’re having with coworkers and bosses. In fact, it might be a great opportunity for growth. But other times, taking that time just isn’t worth it. Other times, you might find that you don’t quite fit in. Maybe your practices aren’t aligned with their ethical and moral guidelines. Or your work habits don’t mesh with the structure of the company. Perhaps there are just vast personality differences. If it feels like you’re trying to shove a square peg through a round hole, it’s time to leave.

Chronic stress

Constant stress can take a toll on your physical health. And negativity can drain your relationships with friends and family. If this is your situation, it’s time to go. 


Of course failure can sometimes be a good thing—it’s a great learning opportunity. But if your work has started to suffer even though you’re perfectly capable of doing great things, it might be a sign that you’re not engaged or motivated. Find something that inspires you!


If you’re not challenged and your skills aren’t being tapped, you might consider leaving. Maybe you feel like you’ve been passed up for promotions or you’re only being given very tedious assignments that don’t stimulate you. Or maybe you’ve simply outgrown the position and there are no more opportunities for advancement—start looking elsewhere. 

Unfair compensation 

If your role and duties have increased, but your pay or compensation hasn’t, chances are it’s going to get worse before it gets better. You’re being taken for granted. Maybe you feel underappreciated, like your ideas aren’t heard. Find somewhere to work where you’ll be recognized and rewarded. 


Abuse is no joke. It might be physical abuse, verbal, sexual harassment, or some other egregious behavior. Even if you’ve filed a formal complaint, you may have burned bridges or alienated co-workers. You have to decide how healthy your working environment is.


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Blog written by Erin Greenhalgh