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7 Signs It Is Time To Quit Your Job

August 25, 2014 By John White | 5 Comments

A while back, Quit Your JobI wrote an article titled, “7 Management Traits that Will Make All Your Employees Quit.” The article produced an amazing conversation surrounding the traits of both effective and ineffective managers that is now 1800 comments deep. Many people were very gracious to share their personal experiences and stories from their careers. In that article, I described a brutal management style that led to all the employees in the regional office to either quit or get fired. In case you missed it here is the link: 7 Management Traits That Will Make All Your Employees Quit

Today, I am going to share with you the story of the day I quit, and provide a few of the signs I experienced that told me it was time to get out of there. When I left this company, for the first time in my life I didn’t give two weeks notice. Nor did I type up a thoughtful resignation letter thanking them for the opportunity like I had with other companies I left in the past. When I got to the office on the day I quit I was both nervous and anxious, because my boss was very unpredictable. He had shown violent tendencies in the office, as well as told stories about his violent past. I think the crazy and violent stories he told us were designed to intimidate us, and it worked. I had no idea how he was going react to the news that I was quitting. I made sure to get to the office before he did so I could have all my stuff packed up and ready to go. When he got there I told him right away. He became very upset and irrational. He threw out some major verbal insults my way. However, at least I got out of there without him inflicting any physical violence on me!

Yes, I know that leaving without giving two weeks notice is very unprofessional. However, the company had shown me no respect, and degraded me to the point that I honestly could not stay there a second longer. The day I quit that job was one of the most liberating experiences in my life. I couldn’t get out of there fast enough. As I was leaving, when I got to the lobby area I had a quick decision to make, take the elevator or the stairs. I quickly decided to take the stairs as I could hit them running. I didn’t want to wait for the elevator! The feeling I got once I made it to my car and started to drive away was amazing. I truly felt a sense of freedom like I had never felt before!

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I had decided to pick up my daughter from daycare, and take her up to Horsetooth Reservoir (pictured at left) to go swimming. The next few days were spent relaxing with my family and preparing to move on professionally. This is important, If you quit your job make sure to schedule some time to relax and spend time with your loved ones before starting the new job. If you need help with transitioning or finding a new job check out Mae Chapman’s plan.

I’m not advocating quitting your job. However, if you are experiencing some or all of the symptoms I have listed below, it might be time to weigh your options:

1) You can’t sleep at night due to the stress and thought of having to go into work the next day. The stress and lack of sleep really began to negatively affect my health.

2) The stress from the job makes you irritable and cranky around your family and friends. I was no fun to be around during this time. This job was so stressful that it started to negatively affect the relationships with my loved ones.

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3) The job has zapped all the life out of you. You are tired all the time and lack the motivation you once had. This can happen when your company has no policy or no intention of ever implementing a work/life balance program for employees.

4) You don’t agree with the corporate culture or the direction the company is headed. In my case, the culture was a turn and burn environment. They had a high pressure environment, and we lived in constant fear of losing our jobs. There was no value placed in sales professionals, and the place was a revolving door.

5) Your ideas are not being heard, and your work is not valued. Many companies do a very poor job of recognizing their employees for their hard work and accomplishments. They don’t have any concept of the value in saying thank you.

6) The “good old boys club” at the top has made it impossible for advancement. Nobody likes to work in a situation when they know where there is no chance that they can advance within the company. If you see a pattern of upper management hiring their friends over more qualified candidates this is a sign that your company has a “good old boys club.”

7) You are the victim of verbal abuse, sexual harassment, or other types of illegal behavior. At the job I quit, I was bullied and verbally abused by my old boss. HR was no help and upper management turned a blind eye to it. DO NOT put up with this!

For me quitting that poisonous job was the one of the best decisions I ever made. Today, I’m in a much better place professionally at Skybeam. I am far less grouchy and stressed. Additionally, I am sleeping much better, and my family likes me a lot more these days. Why did you quit your last job? Was it because of any of the scenarios I described above? Has the grass been greener at your new job or do you regret your decision to leave?

Please note: The company I quit and described in this article and the “7 Management Traits” article, is not listed on my LinkedIn profile. I was only there a short time and have chosen not to include them in my professional highlights. As you can tell by the article the experience with this company was a “low light” to put it mildly.

About the Author: John White is a dad, MBA candidate, sales and marketing expert, B2B technology and communications consultant, and influential blogger. Please visit my profile to connect with me on LinkedIn and on Twitter @juanblanco76.

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Comments (5)

  1. Mae Chapman says:

    Hello John,

    You have eloquently described a situation too many find themselves subject to in the workplace. I respect and admire the steps you took to remove yourself from such an unhappy situation. I wish you continued success in all that you do and thank you for linking to my article.

    Warmest Regards,

    ~ Mae Chapman

  2. Prakashan says:

    A great post from John White..Unfortunately the issues mentioned which takes a heavy toll on anyone’s life doesn’t get the attention it deserves for silently ” killing ” many professionals…Leave aside other aspects like productivity and such things from organizational perspective…the simple fact that a creative side of an otherwise bright professional’s life should never be allowed to “burn out ” like this with these 7 factors which are great deterrents to any workplace……By the time I finished reading this post I should say the whole issues addressed in the post left me with a heavy heart….

  3. John White says:

    Hi Mae,

    Thank you so much for your support! Your article was a great fit to support those that are transitioning. I figured there was a good opportunity to get some cross readers between us!

    All My Best,


  4. John White says:

    Hi Prakashan,

    Yes, there were a lot of good people hurt during this time. However, for me I moved on and never looked back. As Kathy Caprino world renown career coach, Forbes Contributor, and the author of the most viewed article ever on LinkedIn would say, “I turned a mess into a message.” That article produced over 400,000 views, 1000’s of shares, and helped me pursue other professional blogging opportunities. Thanks so much for weighing in and your astute commentary.

    Warm Regards,

    John White

  5. Jasim says:

    Thanks for your article, it was a great support.
    But what if you can’t quit your job?

    Kind regards,

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