When it is time to leave your job

When you have worked at the same job, or the same type of job for years, job burnout is a possibility. And while there are many common signs of job burnout you can see in others, knowing when to quit yourself is often much harder. Why?

  • You don't want to admit that you held onto a position too long
  • You don't usually 'walk away' from things
  • You don't see a single good enough reason to leave
  • It becomes a game to see if you can outlast other people.

The problem is not knowing when to quit, it is realizing that it is time to get out before any real damage is done. There are many ways staying at a completely unsatisfying job can cause harm.

  • Health complications - migraines, stress, cardiovascular issues, muscle tension, exhaustion, loss of appetite,
  • Mental complications - depression, anxiety, irritability, a constant bad attitude, lack of concern, lack of patience,

So how is knowing when to quit possible? What are the signs of your own job burnout?

  • When you don't want to get out of bed because it's a workday
  • When you have to convince yourself not to turn around on the way to work
  • When the irritability overwhelms you enough to effect family and friends
  • When you can no longer respond positively to anything or anyone while working
  • When you start to notice signs of being the type of person you often complain about
  • When all you are able to do is complain at work or about work
  • When you know you are wasting your time being at your job
  • When what you once thought as common now seems suddenly odd or unusual in the outside world to you
  • When you catch yourself looking daily at different income opportunities or job openings
  • When spending one minute more than you have to seems too much

So you know you have job burnout. Knowing when to quit is one thing; doing it without causing problems for yourself is another. What do you do so that you don't cause more harm to yourself or people around you?

  • Even if you can't work another day, put in a two weeks notice and work the two weeks. This will give you something to look forward to. It will also give you time to figure out all your options.
  • Do not simply walk out during a shift or not show up for work. You don't know what ramifications this may cause down the road.
  • Be ready with another form of income that at least will match your current position or basic living expenses.
  • Realize that it is the work you hate, not the life.
  • Find ways to re-establish the balance between your life, work, and yourself.

If you want to quit simply because you had a bad day, think about it overnight. If you want to quit because of a bad situation, wait to see if it improves first. Knowing when its time to quit takes more than bad day.