Quitting Time

Bob Goldman on

Should you quit your job?

It's a question that's providing job security for writers of employment advice, myself included. Studying up on the topic, I found articles about the seven signs you should quit, the eight signs you should quit, the 15 signs you should quit and the 22 signs you should quit.

Of course, you really only need one sign to quit: you start reading articles on signs to quit.

Though it only had 12 signs, the article that caught my attention is by Alison Doyle on the job site The Balance Careers.

Forgetting all the specific reasons you might hate your job, Doyle believes "you should always follow your gut." What to do if you hate your gut is another question. For now, let's just say that you and your gut are getting along, and we can turn our attention to the signs that suggest it's time to take this job and shove it.

"You Dread Going to Work" is a classic sign. This does not refer to the perfectly normal, "If I have to work on this job one more minute, I'm going puke" feeling that we all experience four or five times a day. This sign refers to people who "truly, deeply dread those eight or so hours at the office."


Of course, since COVID-19 began, many of us don't spend any hours at the office, which means you would have to truly, deeply dread not spending eight hours curled up in your massage chair, wrapped in your down comforter, clutching Mr. Bunny and pretending to be interested in an eight-or-so-hour Zoom conference.

If this is the case, you should definitely quit your job and take Mr. Bunny with you. He's suffered enough.

If "You're Overqualified" is flashing in what's left of your brain, you should "stay alert for positions that fit your skills." You'll have to line up behind me when mattress tester positions become available, but how about a career as a pet psychologist? The experience you've gained interpreting the teeny-tiny rat brains of your superiors in your personal version of "All Managers Great & Small," should serve you in good stead when charging $100 an hour to analyze the inner conflicts of Susie's gerbil or Johnny's guinea pig.

"You're being Recruited by Other Companies" may seem like an excellent sign, but do think twice before jumping ship. Think first about why in the world another company would hire you. Think again about the positive aspects of staying put. Your current job may stink, but they know how little to expect from you and they still haven't fired you. That level of stupidity may not be found in another employer. It's horrible to think about, but at a new job, they may actually expect you to work. And that's the kind of ugly outcome you definitely don't want.


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