9 to 5 Job, To quit or not to quit? That’s the big question.
Are you thinking of quitting your job and looking for a new career?
Are you waiting too long to move on? Studies show that 85% of people hate their jobs. This means that if you randomly talk to anyone on the street, 9 out of 10 people will tell you they don’t like what they do.
Now maybe, you’re a little scared and you’re thinking about,
- Well, should I do it?
- Should I not do it.
- Should I wait for a few months and see how things are?
Now, let me share my experience with you. I left my job 6 months back and before quitting I observed a few warning signs that helped me in deciding that I need to quit my job.
7 Warning Signs You Should Quit Your Job
#1 You are Complaining Everyday
You go home and you spend the majority of your time complaining about your co-worker and your boss.
So, you go home, you talk to your wife, your husband, your spouse, your boyfriend, girlfriend, your family, and they ask you, “Hey, how’s work today?”
“Oh man, let me tell you. “Oh my goodness, “let me tell you about Suzie.
“Let me tell you about John.”Let me tell you about my boss.”
It’s always complaining. It’s something always wrong and you’re bringing a lot of negativity home and the conversation always ends on a negative note. That is sign number one that maybe you should look for a new career.
#2 You dread going to work every day
In the morning, the alarm goes off, do you get excited? It’s like, “Yeah! Can’t wait to get out of bed “and go to work”, or when the alarm goes off you’re like, “Oh my god, here’s another day.
“Here we go. “Gonna be stuck in traffic.” That’s a challenge.
Do you always during the work days, you know, the hump day, right?
Especially the hump day, you’re like, “Oh man, finally halfway through the week “and it’s just two more days, then it’s the weekend!”
You live for the weekends, and when you get to Sunday, the Monday morning you are like, “Oh my god, Monday here we go again.”
You dread going to work every day, that’s a sign.
#3 You are Bored Often
Warning sign number three, you are less productive at work or you are bored often and lack passion.
If it is during work hours, you are checking your Facebook every 20 minutes, you are playing around on Instagram or you’re playing video games on your apps, chances are this may not be the right career for you
or come on, come on, let me give you a clue, just between you and me,
if you’re working right now, this is during work hours, you’re reading an article called ” 7 Warning Signs You Should Quit Your Job “, chances are, guess what, you should get a new job.
#4 You are going to be fired
Warning sign number four, you know you’re going to be fired. Maybe the company that you are working for, they are downsizing or sometimes they call that re-engineering.
You can see the team shrinking as each quarter goes by, from 500 people to 450 to 400 to 300 well that’s a clue or maybe it’s not the right company to start with anyway.
Maybe it doesn’t fit your talents, that you are not at the right seat or it’s not the right position for you, not the right role for you or maybe you have no interest in the industry, but you just kinda got into it a few years ago.
Now you’re kinda stuck. You gotta think a little bit ahead.
If you know that the company’s not going anywhere, and you know you’re gonna be fired, it’s just only a matter of time, you want to think ahead because for your future jobs, it’s easier to explain to your new, potential employer, saying, “Hey, you quit, “and you’re looking for an alternative”, versus, “You got fired and you got laid off.” So, think ahead.
#5 You Feel Stuck and Hopeless
Warning sign number five, you feel stuck and hopeless. See one of the basic human needs that we have, as human beings, is the need to grow.
We want to be better. You’ve heard of the saying before.
If you’re not growing, you are dying. So, with your current job, if you don’t get excited about, and you don’t see a future, you don’t see where the next level is gonna be, and you feel you hit that glass ceiling and there’s nothing to look forward to, and you don’t feel that you’re growing, that the job is not challenging enough, or the people around you, they’re not challenging you, and you just feel kind of the same, and you don’t see a plan.
Three months, six months, a year, two years from now, where are you gonna be, and the future, tomorrow, the next year, that is so blurry, then maybe it’s time to look for something else, or maybe you’re just drinking a little too much. A bit too much alcohol.
You’re going to the bar a little bit more frequently than usual.
#6 You are Complacent
Warning sign number six, you are complacent. Now, you could say, “Oh, I’m comfortable”, but there’s a big difference between being comfortable
and being complacent, right?
That you are not growing and you are stuck. If you catch yourself saying stuff like that, “Hey, I don’t have time for a new job search”, or “You know what, this job it will do for now”, or “Well, you know what, I’ll just see how things are. “I’ll stay around for a few months”, or “You know what, I don’t have to be the VP of the blank.”
If you catch yourself saying that, guess what? Complacency, and very often complacency comes from a fear that you’re afraid to grow.
You’re afraid to step out of your comfort zone, and remember, your comfort zone is your income zone.
#7 You are not treated like a Person
Warning sign number seven, you’re not treated like a person.
Maybe the company that you’re working for, they don’t value you.
They don’t cherish and appreciate who you are as a human being, your talent, and you feel like just a number on a punch card every day.
Every day you go to work, you just feel like, “I’m just a number.”
They don’t know you. They don’t know your goals or your aspirations, and I’m not just talking about getting praise.
I’m talking about, are you getting positive, constructive criticisms from your higher-ups, so you can get feedback. Because –
- How are you gonna grow?
- How are you gonna be better?
- How are you gonna learn more?
- How are you gonna be a better version of yourself?
If you’re not getting coaching? If you’re not getting feedback? If your manager, your boss, is not coaching you and is not helping you become better then something is wrong.
You know I also got a similar experience when I was in a job. My boss does not treat me like a person. He was treating me as his competition. The company was not valuing me. They never try to understand and appreciate my goal and aspiration.
They always offer negative feedback. Not ready to offer coaching and mentoring.
During the last two years, I felt that I am stuck, I am being Hopeless. Not only that many times I got the feeling that my boss is doing this only to reduce my performance level so that he can fire me and secure his position as IT Head for a few more years. He doesn’t want anyone to come as his successor.
He was the south Indian boss.
If you don’t know a South Indian boss. They work smart. They don’t care for their family. They stay in the office late even 10 to 12 hours to show they are working hard. But actually, they are doing a time pass in the office. My boss was the same. He became head due to God’s grace or due to XYZ reason but does not know anything about IT.
He was stubborn. He doesn’t know how things work in IT? Something does not work or something he could not understand he outsourced.
He outsourced things and show that he is reducing manpower. At one end he shows that he is reducing manpower and at another end, he is paying higher money to outsourced people. Maybe some setting. He favored some of his people in opportunity or promotion.
In short politics complete South Indian Dirty Politics. So, I decided to quit my high-paying six-figure income job!
Because of multiple warning signs.
So, how many of these warning signs do you have?
Do you have one, two, five, or seven? All seven of them.
If you have more than five of these warning signs, chances are, it’s time to move on.
It’s time to look for something else.
Now, maybe you’re thinking, “But Shitanshu I can’t just move on.
“I can’t just quit my job. You know I’ve got a family to take care of, you know?” I understand that.
It is your duty, it is your obligation, it is your job to take care of your family, and how are you gonna do that if you’re working at a job that you hate?
If you’re working at a job that has no future? I believe the best way to quit your job is to develop what I call a high-income skill.
What is a high-income skill? It’s a skill that pays the bills.
With high-income skills, you can freelance. You can supercharge your career. You can take your business to the next level without getting into debt and without a college degree.
Here is a detail about 10 High Income Jobs that you should look at.