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9 Signs You Need to Quit Your Job

9 Signs You Need to Quit Your Job

Sometimes going into work is tough. I mean, who doesn’t want to sit on the couch all day and binge on the latest season of Mad Men? Maybe you’ve had a tough project to finish and need a break, or you’re having  a problem with someone at the office and you’d rather avoid them. These are normal frustrations that come with being an adult who works.

But sometimes, you’re beyond irritation and beyond a burnout. Sometimes, you’ve reached the point of no return, and it would be best to leave your job and find something new. If you’re suffering from any of the things below, it’s probably time to quit:

1. YOU HAVE A (BAD) GUT REACTION TO WORK

Always listen to your gut. Especially if it feels queasy or nauseous when you start thinking about having to go to work. That stomach turning sick feeling isn’t a bad dinner. It’s your nerves telling you that something is seriously wrong and the stress is getting to you.

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2. YOU NEVER SMILE AT WORK ANYMORE

Think about the last time something happened at work that made you smile. Coming up short? That’s a problem. Work isn’t all fun, all day, but you should at least enjoy your co-workers and have satisfaction in your work.

3. YOU CONSTANTLY PROCRASTINATE

Remember when you used to put off your homework until “later,” because you really just didn’t want to do it? Well, work can sometimes turn into a grown up version of homework. You should feel excited and energized about doing your work, not constantly  looking for ways to distract yourself and avoid it.

4. YOU REALIZE THERE’S NO ROOM TO GROW

Sometimes we like the environment we work in, but there’s no where else for us to go. Maybe taking your boss’s role is the logical next step, but you know that won’t be happening any time soon. Or maybe your company doesn’t have enough people for you to really move “up.” Either way, once you’ve recognized that you can either stay in the same job forever or leave, it makes your decision pretty clear.

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5. YOU’RE BORED OUT OF YOUR MIND

Just thinking about your work makes your bored. You feel like you’ve done it all and there’s nothing challenging enough to keep your attention. It may seem like this isn’t a horrible thing, but if you’re bored with your work long enough, the quality will also suffer, and that will be a reflection on you.

6. YOU HAVE A “CASE OF THE MONDAYS” ALL WEEK

If you get a “case of the Mondays” on Sunday afternoon, and feel that you’re dreading work every evening for the entire week until Friday mercifully rolls around, then you’ve mentally checked out of work. Why spend all of your time somewhere that you don’t want to be?

7. YOU DON’T FEEL VALUED

You’re not just a number or a step in a complicated business process, but sometimes working at companies can make you feel that way. If you feel that your company doesn’t value you as a person, it’s time to go. Companies often want loyalty from employees, but as we’ve seen from recent events, they rarely return that loyalty. You deserve to feel appreciated and valued as a person and for your contribution to your company.

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8. YOU DON’T FIT IN

Sometimes what your company values and what you value aren’t the same. It just doesn’t feel right. You value learning new things, and they value doing the same things that they’ve always done. If there’s no sign that this will be changing soon and that your values will eventually match up, chances are you’re going to continue being miserable and not agreeing with any initiatives the company takes. It’s ok to not have the same values, but it’s not ok to stay and be upset once you’ve realized the issue.

9. YOU CAN’T STAND YOUR BOSS

If you and your boss, no matter how much you’ve tried, can’t get along and work things out, you may just need to cut your losses. Having a boss that you can’t work well with, and who doesn’t support you, will not help you succeed. Instead it will make you resentful and frustrated.

If you’ve noticed any of these things happening a few times a week, don’t try and convince yourself that it’s worth staying. It’s not. You’ll only end up damaging your own reputation by mentally checking out at work, and making it harder for your team to do their jobs. There’s no shame in quitting something that makes you miserable. All jobs have a life cycle, and knowing when yours is up just means that you get to move on to greater things.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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