8 Signs It's Time To Quit Your Job

February 14, 2018


On the Job


Pauline Morrissey

There will be moments when you feel like you’re starting to dislike your job. This is completely natural, especially if you’ve been doing it for some time. However, if you simply can’t remember the last time you had a good day at work, chances are, it’s time to bite the bullet and hand in your notice. Here are some telltale signs that it’s time to move on to greener pastures.

1. You’re bored all the time


Although boredom is something most people experience at work from time to time, prolonged feelings of boredom in the workplace is indeed a telling sign that it might be time to jump ship. For example, if you find yourself constantly calculating the exact number of minutes that you have left to get through the day, then this job may not be for you.

2. You’re over the overtime


Whether it’s your boss lumping you with urgent work at 4:55pm, or the supervisor telling you to keep hitting the tools until the jobs done, finally getting to go home shouldn’t feel like you’re escaping from Shawshank. Even if you’re getting paid the overtime you probably wish you could just tell your boss to ‘stick-it’ and get home in time for dinner.   

3. Your full potential is not being recognised


If you find that you’ve been working in the same old role, doing the same old thing for a long time, without talk of ever enhancing your current skills set, then it might be time to look elsewhere. Taking on new challenges at work ultimately adds value to you as an employee, so if you find yourself just puttering along, do yourself a big favour and consider a sea change.

4. You feel underpaid


Whilst some employers are not tapping into their employees full potential enough, others are going the other extreme. Many hard working employees are given way too many responsibilities and not quite enough pay to match. So if you believe that your workload far outweighs your salary, then consider asking for an evaluation. And should your employer respond in a way that is not favourable, then maybe it’s time to take your great work elsewhere.

5. You find yourself justifying your job


Sometimes our jobs are much like our relationships, if you find yourself constantly justifying why it’s worth it, the more likely that it’s not. For example; putting up with a boss who bullies you is not worth a great pay, neither is getting to make friends at work whilst the worksite may be unsafe. If you find yourself having these types of internal thoughts, then you should start looking for another job where the positives far outweigh the negatives.

6. You're always looking for other work


If you find yourself spending most of your time at work, dreaming about doing other work, then it goes without saying that it’s time to move on. There’s no greater sign that your time is better spent elsewhere than constantly having a secret window open on your computer, dedicated solely for job search sites, or asking every Tom Dick & Harry if there’s a better gig somewhere else. So if you’ve been passing your resume around like a flyer, continue your job search for something new.

7. Your health is suffering

Whether you’re stressed and miserable when you come home, or you are back-breakingly tired from physical labour, when your job starts starts affecting your personal wellbeing, it’s time to leave. There’s a reason why companies advertise certain positions as having a great “work and life balance”, as this is something we all want and more importantly need. No paycheck is worth sacrificing your health, so if your current job is making you sick, physically or mentally, prepare your resignation letter now.

8. You just know


When it comes to making big life decisions, often listening to our gut feeling is the best way to go about things. Even if you’re scared of the unknown, if all signs point towards the exit door, then listen to your gut and go for it.

Pauline Morrissey

Pauline has worked in-house at Smith's Lawyers and has written for publications such as Domain, Real Living, Traveller, Time Out, Sitchu, and Houzz.