10 signs you should quit your job and move on
If you hate your job and are looking for a change, we can safely say you’re not alone. We recently conducted a study that explored the attitudes of UK workers and discovered that disliking your job is a topic on more workers’ minds than you would have thought. In fact, a massive 84.4% of UK workers are looking for a new job this year, and over a third of you (35.1%) admit to thinking about quitting your job frequently or often. Here are ten signs you should quit your job and look for a change of scenery.
1. Bad management
Over two thirds of workers (69.3%) think their boss has an impact on how much they like or dislike their job, and so it’s no wonder that 47.3% of you ranked bad management as the top reason for wanting to quit your job. If you find your boss is grumpy and rude to you, micro-manages you, or treats you like a cog in a machine, it’s probably time to do something about it.
We advise you to speak directly to your boss and confront the problem, but make sure you handle the issue delicately no matter how fed up you are. If you really don’t like the idea of talking to your boss, you should pay a visit to your HR department and discuss your concerns there. If a solution doesn’t seem to present itself, it might be time to start looking around for a new role where you’ll be managed properly.
2. You’re underpaid
33% of you ranked being underpaid as a top reason for wanting to quit your job, and we don’t blame you. Firstly, it’s important to remember that your employer should never expect you to do your job for free, nor should they try to get away with paying you as little as possible. However, you shouldn’t overestimate how much you should be earning, so make sure you do your research.
Think about how much experience you’ve had in your industry, what qualifications you have, and what your duties and responsibilities are at work to see if you’re due a raise. For example, you may find that you’ve been given more responsibilities during your time with the company, which could lead to increased stress levels.
This is not to say that being entrusted with more responsibilities is a bad thing, but it could be if you aren’t compensated for your extra work. If you feel you‘re taking on roles above your pay grade, perhaps it’s time to apply for a more senior role, or move on.
3. The company culture is poor
32% of you believed poor company culture is a key reason for wanting to seek out new career opportunities. The ideal company culture is one where there’s a buzz of positive vibes, where the employer respects and values staff, and where you’re rewarded with employee perks and other morale boosters.
If you find things have gone a bit sour and you’re struggling with colleague conflicts and a lack of down time, then it’s time to start looking for a job with great company culture.
4. Lack of development opportunities
31.2% of you said lack of development opportunities was a top reason for wanting to quit your job. We can tell you that your employer shouldn’t expect you to remain static during your time at the business. Industry high-flyers are always talking about how we should be learning new skills and developing in order to climb the career ladder, and they’re right.
The whole point of your career is to enjoy yourself, become better at what you do, feel challenged, experience success and be rewarded for your efforts. If your employer doesn’t offer you the chance to do this, you should first speak up by asking about progression opportunities and any training courses you could take to develop your skills.
If this gets you nowhere, then it’s time to look elsewhere for a more senior position that will provide you with growth.
5. You’re undervalued
Do you feel undervalued? 30.5% of you listed this as a top reason for wanting to quit. If you feel like you aren’t appreciated for the work you do, whether that’s via how much you earn, how much praise you receive, or how much responsibility you’ve got, it’s time to have a catch up with your boss ASAP.
It might be that things have become a bit manic at work and unfortunately your feelings of underappreciation are collateral. But having a catch up with your boss is an easy way to realign focus on you and boost your morale. However, if this has gone on too long, a fresh start may be the way forward where you’ll be recognised for your worth.
6. You’ve lost all enthusiasm
24.1% of workers ranked being bored at work as a key reason to quit. Having a passion for what you do is essential. You spend an average of eight hours a day at work through the course of your 45-year career, which is a significant chunk of your life, so you’d better make it something you like! If your passion for your job is dying, perhaps try jumping on a training course and revamping your skills.
Or maybe talk to your manager and see if they can mix up your workload a little more. If that still doesn’t give your job a new-found buzz for life, it’s probably time to look for a new job, or even a new career.
7. Poor work-life balance
All work, no play? 21.3% of you ranked a poor work-life balance as a key reason for wanting to quit your job. As you progress through your career you can expect your work life to spill over into your home life a little bit.
Although, this is particularly easy to succumb to no matter where you are in your career these days seeing as most of us get work emails on our phone, or take work home with us when the office closes, or have to endure lengthy commutes.
No matter what your job role, you should always take time outside work to enjoy your free time. If you find your personal life has become non-existent, and that all your conversations with friends are dominated by your complaints about work, then it’s time for a change. It’s okay to be dedicated to your job, but it’s important to maintain a good work-life balance.
8. You’re too stressed
Sometimes the stress of the job can take its toll on your health, and 20.3% of you said too much stress was a key reason for wanting to quit. If you frequently get headaches, colds or physical symptoms of stress, it could be a sign you need to change jobs or take on less responsibility. This is also the case if you find yourself feeling depressed about work when you aren’t even there.
9. Your workload is bigger than you are
17% of you ranked an unbearably high workload as a top reason to quit your job. If your workload is swamping you and you feel like you can’t tread water for much longer, then it’s time to speak up. You might find that getting an extra pair of hands in will help resolve the pressure.
In addition, if you feel like you’re practically running the place, then maybe it’s time to sort out a promotion or a pay rise to compensate. Alternatively, a step onto pastures new might be your best port of call.
10. You dislike your boss
Whether it’s overloading you with work, or actual bullying, your relationship with your boss can make or break a job and 11.3% of you ranked a poor relationship with your boss as a key reason for quitting your job. If the most stressful part of your day is having to deal with your supervisor, your relationship could be beyond repair and it could be time to find a new job.