Almost any job has its own accompanying stresses and problems. These can come from many different sources – co-workers, the work environment, your bosses or your job responsibilities. Sometimes the stress and the problems can become so overwhelming that you entertain the thought of escape, which means quitting your job. But when is the right time to quit a job? Sometimes you just need a vacation to recharge your batteries but there are also situations when quitting is just the most logical thing to do. How do you know that it’s time to quit?
Before you decide to quit there are some things you need to consider first. One of the first things you need to look at are your job prospects. Is the job market open enough for a person with your particular skills and experience? Quitting a job knowing that you already have options for a new job makes the decision easier and is also a better situation not just for you but also for your family.
Look at your health. Is your present job having an effect on your health? Is the stress getting to you at such a level that the stress is manifesting itself negatively on your body. If your job is beginning to affect you physically or even mentally then it is a sure sign that you need to quit your job. Money or status is nothing compared to your physical and mental well-being. What’s the use of having the money that the job gives you if it means spending it on yourself only as medicines and doctor’s fees?
You should also consider your career mobility. Is your present job going to provide you with enough space in which to advance your career. It’s just not a good idea to get stuck in a job where there are absolutely slim chances of growth in both the professional or personal levels. It’s just not the correct way of using your time and effort.
Talk to your family before making your decision. Their opinion is what matters most. Remember, you are working for them and their welfare. If you are not happy with your job, it also affects them because it is hard to compartmentalize your life. Your stresses at work will surely manifest itself at home. If your job is so stressful that it is having a negative effect on your family then you need to quit. if you’re worried about finding a new job, read our article on jobhunting in a recession
Look at your finances. Before quitting find out if you have enough tucked away that you can survive without having an income for a few months.
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That’s always one of the toughest life decisions you’ll make…
I have a friend who’s facing the same dilemma. It’s really tough.