How To Know You Need to Quit Your Job: Expectations vs. Reality

Be Happy At Your Job

Having a job means something different for people of different ages, cultures and social statuses; for some, it may not be a big deal, but for most of us it means leaving a regular paycheck, which basically means an independent life.

People often feel terrified with the mere thought of quitting a job that makes them miserable, so they delay the task for months and even years thinking they can endure a little longer, and sure you can hold on more, but there are physical and psychological consequences that you also need to think about.

Today I would love to tell you how to know you need to quit your job and give you some tips to take a faster decision that doesn’t end up in bad news for you and your bank account.

Signs You Need To Quit Your Job

Millennials and older generations work differently, older people feel save spending longer than 10 years at the same job position, after all, those older generations needs and goals were stability, monetary income, the house of their dreams and a family.

But younger people have other things in mind, like traveling, meeting new people, studying more, getting to know the world before settling down. That’s one of the reasons why millennials tend to quit their jobs faster than older generations.

But generally speaking, what could make us quite or stay at a current job? How do we know we really need to leave?

Sign 1: Your Job Is Not Appreciated

If you attended college or studied something to get a job, at least you want your skills being appreciated by your employer, but that doesn’t happen all the time.

Managers and business owners don’t connect often with their employees, all they want is a machine that starts working at 9 am and stops doing it after 6 pm.

So whenever we make an effort or we keep doing our job right but we get no recognition, we feel not appreciated, and we start thinking that there is no possibility to get a raise or a better position inside that company.

If this is your situation, I recommend you to speak to your manager and politely ask how they feel about your performance, and when they ask why, you should tell them that you work very hard and see there’s little approval from them.

Sign 2: You Get Bored Easily

Here’s the opposite, when you do everything right and fast your boss may say you are doing an amazing job, but independently of the reward, they give you, if they do so, you don’t feel challenged.

Feeling stuck in life is something we will all experience at some point, that’s when waking up in the morning feels heavier. You go to work and spend hours procrastinating because there’s no challenge for you, there’s nothing new to learn.

If you currently feel this way, you could try studying something new before actually quitting. Maybe try asking if there’s a different position available where you could fit in.

Sign 3: It Is Messing With Your Health

I understand that you feel passionate about what you do, and I can understand if you have to work some extra hours now and then to save some money, but what you should never do is putting your job before your health.

If you feel exhausted all the time, your stomach aches often, your back feels like you have been carrying the weight of the world and you skip meals constantly, that’s not the right way.

The burnout syndrome is a state of mental, emotional and physical exhaustion that makes your body feel stressed all the time, and stress is good, don’t get me wrong, without humans wouldn’t survive, but too much stress will definitely put you in bed for weeks and even make you chronically sick.

In case you feel like this, take some time off, turn off your phone for the weekend and actually get some sleep.

Sign 4: Your Work Environment Is Negative

Are your coworkers constantly complaining or picking on each other? Is your boss demanding too much and giving too little? Do you have to spend hours sitting in an uncomfortable chair? If the answer is yes, you work in a negative environment.

There’s really not much you can do about this besides talking to your manager and politely request some intervention to improve the environment.

I’d rather tell you to close your eyes and focus on your job, but it really isn’t healthy to go to work every day in a place where people are competing with each other all the time and there is no fraternity or support.

And if you don’t have the necessary equipment to do your job right without compromising your health, that’s definitely not the place for you.

Sign 5: You Are Not Following Your Passion

Sounds like a cliché, but if you don’t love what you do, things get harder.

Following your passion doesn’t exactly means doing what you dreamed of doing when you were a kid, it means waking up confident every morning because you know you are great at what you do, is knowing your work has value.

So if you do not feel challenged or happy enough being where you are, you need to either find the way to feel good about it or start searching for something new.


If everything I just mentioned seems way too familiar, you really need to consider changing your job.

Obviously, this is not a decision that should be taken lightly. You must consider first how much money you would have left to survive while you look for a new job.

The best advice I can give you is trying to negotiate the conditions; if you are burned out, ask for two weeks of vacations, talk to your coworkers and managers to see if they can arrange something to make the place a better workspace.

And if there is honestly no solution for all the things I just talked about, then my friend, it’s time to update your CV and start searching for a better place.

It will be tough, it will be scary, but once you find it, I promise the stability will come back, you will no longer feel bored or fed up at work, you will meet people that appreciate your skills, you will be paid better and your physical and emotional health will burst to the roof.

It is never too late to start over, especially if it involves your health. So please, if you have been thinking for a while that you need to quit your job and deep down you know it’s the right thing, start doing something to achieve it and don’t sink there. You can do this!

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21 thoughts on “How To Know You Need to Quit Your Job: Expectations vs. Reality”

  1. ” When you do everything right and fast your boss may say you did an amazing job, but independently of the reward, they give you, if they do so, you don’t feel challenged.”
    This is so true. For a part of my life, I did a job, that I was considered good at. Wherever I was going, they were offering me a full time position. But I never accepted it, even though the money was good. I just didn’t want to feel like I was giving up to my dreams, to the job that could give me a real satisfaction, not only pay the bills. Maybe I lost a lot of money doing so, but I just couldn’t accept a job that was not challenging me mentally.
    When I told my employer that I’ll give up that job, they didn’t want to believe it and they gave me many chances to change my mind, but I didn’t. After a month, I found the job, that I still have, that is challenging, but fulfills me and gives me the rewards that can’t be bought with all the money in the world.
    Sorry for the long message and thank you for all that you are doing.

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