The 6 Signs You Should Quit Your Job Immediately

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What are the signs you should quit your job immediately? How do you know if your work environment is toxic?

It’s easy to get stuck in a toxic work environment, especially if your job has perks like a good salary and title. However, if you’re noticing some of the warning signs below, it might be time for you to move on.

Keep reading for six signs you should quit your job immediately.

Here Are the Signs to Look Out For

Many people are unhappy in their jobs. To decide whether or not you should quit your job immediately, you need to determine if it motivates you if you can learn and grow, and if you have exciting opportunities on the horizon. If not, you might consider quitting.

Unfortunately, many people remain in toxic work environments because they’re able to recreate familiar, ineffective relationships. For example, if they have a difficult relationship ith their parents, this kind of relationship is what they’re used to. Putting up with a familiar—albeit less than ideal—the reality is less scary than making a change. However, it ensures people remain stagnant. 

Another reason people don’t quit toxic jobs is due to the perks of success, like salary, title, and office—but these aren’t important. True happiness in a career comes from a sense of fulfillment, purpose, and enjoyment. You know you’re ready to quit when work becomes boring, unfulfilling, repetitive, and draining.

Like a breakup, it may be hard to know when it’s time to walk away from your job. Forbes contributor Caroline Castrillon has some guidelines to help you make that decision. If you realize your work environment is toxic, you should quit your job immediately.

Ask yourself how you truly feel about your job, and you’ll likely find your answer—but if not, here are the six quick signs you should quit your job immediately:

  1. You dread going to work or feel uncomfortable while you’re there.
  2. Your poor work-life balance is causing burnout.
  3. Your work requires you to manipulate or compromise your values.
  4. You’re bored because you’re not being challenged.
  5. You see no opportunities for growth.
  6. Your pay is not equal to your position, performance, and/or skills.
The 6 Signs You Should Quit Your Job Immediately

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Elizabeth Shaw

Elizabeth graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in English Literature. Growing up, she enjoyed reading fairy tales, Beatrix Potter stories, and The Wind in the Willows. As of today, her all-time favorite book is Wuthering Heights, with Jane Eyre as a close second. Elizabeth has branched out to non-fiction since graduating and particularly enjoys books relating to mindfulness, self-improvement, history, and philosophy.

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