We’ve all had our fair share of bad days at work. Maybe you jokingly threaten to quit or entertain the idea of putting in your two-weeks notice. Most of the time, we don’t act on these impulses (happy hour, anyone?). Yet, how do you know when it’s actually time to call it quits? You’ll want to make your escape before things get really bad, but you also don’t want to make a rash decision you might later regret. The trick is to find that sweet spot—you know it’s time to go, and you’re ready and confident in that choice.
Of course, in the best case scenario, you’ll already have a new offer on the table, making your decision relatively easy and painless. But even if you don’t have another job already lined up, there are certain considerations to take to ensure that you’re ready to make the right move.
There are many subtle and not-so-subtle signs that may indicate that it’s time for you to look for greener office pastures. If you notice any of the following warning signs, take a long hard look at your situation and decide if your job is actually a good fit for you. These red flags may include:
If you’ve decided to leave your current job, there are a few things you should prepare in advance of putting in your notice. You’ll definitely want to be strategic. With a little planning, you can gracefully quit your job without burning any bridges. This will help you stay on good terms with your current boss in the case that they are ever contacted to provide a future job reference. Professional relationships are vital—don’t ruin any that could possibly help you in the future.
Before you go, try to have another job offer on the table. That way, you won’t have to go into too much detail about your reasons for leaving. Out of courtesy for your coworkers, complete (within reason) any outstanding projects or tasks you may have taken on before giving your official two-weeks notice. On that note, always give a full two weeks advanced warning that you are leaving. Your colleagues will thank you. If you’re feeling generous, write a list of your daily tasks so that your replacement can easily transition into their new role.
Whether you’re ready to call it quits, or are considering sticking it out, deciding to quit a job is no easy choice. But after a lot of thought and consideration, we hope you make the best choice for you.