But you are unhappy, should you go as far as quitting?
Let’s find out by answering the following questions –
- Are you disengaged and your performance dropping?
- Do you talk about quitting your job with your friends, especially in the new year, but never do it?
- Do you find it hard to get along with your manager and/or colleagues.
- Do you feel insecure in your job?
- Are you bored and no longer passionate about the work you are doing?
- Do you find it hard to drag yourself out of bed in the mornings?
- Is the stress, anxiety, late hours and travel affecting your health?
- Is your job affecting the life with your family and friends?
- Are you unhappy with your pay and cannot see it getting any better?
- Are you always overlooked at promotion time?
- Does your company look like it will not survive?
- Is everyone around you at work depressed and bringing you down?
- Are you left out of meetings and no longer asked to contribute to important decisions?
- Do you disagree with the new company culture or direction?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, can you take any actions to change the answer to a no?
If so, great, give it a try and then look again in a few months. This is hard to do, but you have invested so much time in your current job. This extra effort is easier than starting again somewhere else.
If not, then here comes the hardest part.
You need to explain to someone you care about (wife, mother, girlfriend) why you are quitting. You can also use the same reasons when you discuss your decision with your manager and HR department.
With me, a huge decision like this is never finalised until I feel I can convince my wife of the same.
Right, you have made your decision.
Should I quit now?
Stay put for now, quitting your job without another to go to, can be a huge risk.
Write down what you want in a role, the company culture, the location and your salary. Then talk with your friends in other companies, agents and headhunters and land that new job.
Quitting your job is one of the hardest and gut wrenching things to do.
I know I have done it several times, but you need to be happy with your job and in the life you lead.
You only get one life, make the most of it.