No matter how many 200,000-plus job reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics cranks out, the economy is a long way from supporting the decision to quit your job on a whim. But, there are circumstances under which an accelerated plan of departure makes sense. If any of these conditions exist at your job, it’s time to start buffing up your resume and calling old co-workers for coffee dates.
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1. The boss is a jerk.
You don’t have to love your boss. You don’t even have to like your boss. But, if you can’t work with your boss at all — if he is untrustworthy, unsupportive, or unavailable — you need to make a change.
Bad managers are the No. 1 reason people quit their jobs, but the good news is that they’re not necessarily a reason to ditch the company altogether. Before you cut ties with your employer, scout out opportunities to move to a different department, role, or team.
2. Your health is suffering.
“The research is clear that stress impacts our health and capacity in insidious and dangerous ways,” writes Kristi Hedges at Forbes. “We all have stress, but when it starts to feel unsustainable, then it’s time to go.”
Don’t wait for physical changes like weight gain, exacerbation of existing health conditions, or a diagnosis of clinical depression or anxiety. If you’re chronically tired, unenthused about getting out of bed in the morning, or letting your commitment to take care of yourself slide, consider making a change.
3. You don’t want your boss’s job.
“One reason you’ve been staying put is that your current company promotes advancement,” writes John Rampton at Entrepreneur. “But what happens once you figure out you that don’t want a managerial job like the one your boss has? If you can’t stand the idea of being in your boss’s shoes, then probably you should think about getting out before your go-getter peers pass you by.”
4. There’s nothing left to learn.
How long should you stay in a job? As long as you’re learning something new. The day that stops happening, start looking for opportunities that will help you keep growing. It’s better for your career over the long haul, but it’s also more engaging on a daily basis as well.
5. Someone, anyone, yells at you.
“You’re not a kid,” writes James Altucher at his blog. “Yelling is abusive. Nobody should ever yell at you. Ever. But that’s a hard habit to break if you are used to people yelling at you.”
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