There comes a time, when almost everyone needs to leave a job and move onto something else. For me, it was the unnerving feeling that eventually I would walk up to the doors of my job at a newspaper and find them locked with no one home.
I could read the writing on the wall. The constant talks about money and the lack thereof. The copier that went unfixed for months. The higher-ups who suddenly found other positions in other parts of the company. It was then that I decided I should take the leap and launch my own freelance writing career. I was glad that I did, because the doors did close not more than 6 months after I left.
Knowing when to leave a job is more an art than a science and sometimes, it’s just a gut feeling.
If your personal situation has or will change soon, you should consider leaving your job.
- If you’re getting married, getting a divorce, having or adopting a child, you may need to consider a job with better benefits or more flexibility.
- Once your job becomes not just an occasional drag, but a constant source of anxiety, boredom or both for you, you may want to consider moving on. If you’re already feeling like there is no way out, then you should start looking for a way out. Desperation in your job leads to poor performance and can lead, eventually, to depression or perhaps termination from your job.
- Clashing with the culture or the ethics of a company is an important reason to leave. If you find that you can no longer support the way the company treats employees, clients or both, then you won’t be able to advocate for your company like you should. Becoming disillusioned with a company’s ethos can lead to burned bridges and hard feelings, destroying the good work you’ve already done.
- People need challenge and they need to keep learning. If you find your job is leaving you looking for something else to do or without a real reason for going in each day, consider moving on — even if it’s within your current company. Many employers frequently understand the need for new challenges and if there are other positions available, you may consider applying for them.
- Always quit a job if you feel harassed, intimidate or afraid for some reason to go to work. Do not let the need for a paycheck dictate your own safety or personal health. You should never be afraid to go to work and if you are continually harassed you have the right to complain and even file a police report, if necessary.
When you do decide to leave, make sure you give adequate notice in writing. Detail your reasons for leaving if they are relevant. If you need this job for a reference, then be sure to leave on polite and dignified terms. Wrap up any projects you are working on, if you can. Do not quit in a huff and yell angry things to people at the work place. Always conduct yourself professionally and your employer, even if he doesn’t like you, will have no choice but to give you a positive reference when you decide to move on.