10 Warning Signs That It’s Time To Resign From Your Job

10 Warning Signs That It’s Time To Resign From Your Job

Our job is an integral part of our life. It provides for our needs, a way to serve a purpose, and sometimes even gives us a sense of identity. However, as years go by, there may be a season when we’ll know it is time to move on and find out for ourselves if the grass is really greener on the other side.

Whether for personal or professional improvement, trying a new venture, or due to frustrations and office politics, resigning from a job can be difficult, especially if you have spent many years in an organization. But sometimes, the warning signs are just too bright to ignore, and it’s already telling you that it is time to go.

I previously wrote an article on why some of my previous colleagues left, and their reasons are different. So depending on the person, there can be various indications. Here are ten possible warning signs that it’s time to quit your job.

  1. You are no longer happy.
  2. You are overworked but underpaid.
  3. You don’t fit the company culture.
  4. You are questioning why you are still there.
  5. You are starting to have trouble with your health.
  6. Your ethics are being compromised.
  7. There is no more room for growth.
  8. You are no longer effective in your job.
  9. More opportunities are opening around you.
  10. You want to have more time and flexibility.

1. You are no longer happy.

Happiness is now an essential consideration for the younger workforce. Our jobs are no longer just a means to provide food on the table but are an extension of ourselves towards the world.

When employees are happy working for an organization, they are more likely to do more than what is required. But if the fire diminishes, it is a clear warning sign that it is time to go.

Just remember that happiness is subjective and is just a by-product of a life well-lived. So, if you are chronically unhappy in your job, there may be various reasons contributing to it.

2. You are overworked but underpaid.

Working well is great. Working beyond the call of duty is excellent. But we need to understand that as working individuals, there should also be just compensation. 

Being underpaid can also be a warning sign that your organization does not properly value you, especially if they hire someone new with a higher benefit. 

If the salary is your primary issue, studies reveal that regularly changing jobs can result in a higher salary than those who stay.

3. You don’t fit the company culture.

Matching employees to the company culture is critical if you want them to stay longer in the organization. So if you are an employee who worked well in one organization but cannot fit in your current one, the company culture may be the reason.

4. Your boss is becoming too personal in the job.

There was a meme that says that it is a red flag if HR tells you that your company is like “family” because, most often than not, it isn’t.

We all know and may have even experienced bosses in leadership positions who don’t know how to lead. So we just scratch our heads, wondering why he got there. When the boss is the problem, there is nowhere to go but out.

Office politics is one of the most toxic experiences in the workplace.

5. You are starting to have trouble with your health.

There are many reasons why your health can be affected by your job. Sometimes it is because of your body adjusting to your shifting schedule, chronic work-related stress, or it can just be a way of your body to tell you that you are in the wrong place.

Never forget that your body is your most important asset. No matter how much you are paid, all your efforts will just be wasted if your health leaves you.

6. Your ethics and values are being compromised.

There are times when you know you are in the wrong line of work. I had a friend who used to work for a politician. When the elections came, and they were tasked to vote-buy, he quit his job immediately.

I don’t believe in the motto, “trabaho lang, walang personalan,” because our jobs and what we do are also a reflection of our values and character. 

Your ethics and values should be aligned with your work. Never exchange your soul for a higher salary. It would be better to work for a lower-paying job that treats everybody right than in an organization that tries to take advantage of anyone.

7. There is no more room for growth.

There is a fine line between contentment and complacency, and if we’re not careful, we may fall into the latter. Growth is significant to anyone because it keeps us from getting stagnant.

The world will change, and it will not wait for us to adapt. So if you have been doing the same task over and over for the last two years, maybe take a hint and look for other opportunities for growth.

8. You are no longer effective in your job.

This is somewhat related to personal growth. It is essential to consider whether you are still doing a good job for what your employer requires. 

I know people who no longer do their job properly but are still not retiring or leaving because they have become very accustomed to their benefits. Then there are also those who become more focused on their businesses or side-hustles that they can’t properly function for their full-time job anymore.

I believe that respect for the job or company should always remain. So if your priorities change and you can no longer do your job adequately, there is no shame in leaving.

9. When more opportunities are opening around you.

There are always opportunities around you. You just need to look around. However, while there are opportunities, you also need to be prepared when they present themselves. 

So, if another company offers you better packages that suit your current needs and wants, you should consider it. External opportunities may include salary increases, career advancements, or flexibility in work hours. Remember that often, loyalty is not rewarded in the workplace.

10. You want to have more time and flexibility.

I think everyone will agree that we need more time and flexibility, especially as we grow older. So, finding a company that offers more flexibility can be an advantage. Work-life balance is attainable. 

Final Thought:

Leaving a job, especially where you have a lot of friends, can be very difficult. It can also be one of the most significant decisions you will have.

But if you remain trapped in your comfort zone, there are more possibilities of regrets in the future. Don’t be afraid of change. What you should be frightened of is holding on to the comfort and refusing to make a change for the better.

Anyway, you’ll know when it’s time to go.

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