Unless Hugh Grant is your boss, and you're Sandra Bullock, it's time to quit Image: Twitter (Editing: Tapasri Saha)
Consider a situation where you're breaking up with your long-term partner — things have been bad for a while, you both feel bitter about each other, and frankly, you know deep down it's over. Well, quitting a job, in many ways, is exactly like that.
No kidding. You return all the stuff that you exchanged (company ID-card, project files), don't tell them if you're leaving because there's someone else in your life now (in this case, a job offer), and no matter how calmly you're handling the 'it's over' talk, what both of you are saying in your hearts is that 'you will never find anyone like me' and 'you will regret this decision' (your boss might actually say it).
But when it's over, it's over, right? Why drag a dead relationship err... job? Here are 13 reasons why it's time to quit your job.
You feel like the office couch
When was the last time you got a promotion? Technically speaking, three years without a promotion (no, a raise doesn't count) means you should have quit last year. The last thing you want is to become a piece of furniture in the office that everyone takes for granted.
You don't get any feedback
Good, bad, ugly? Anything. Nothing? The annual evaluations are one thing but your manager needs to provide you with regular feedback, monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly, for you to be ready for that annual evaluation. Otherwise, it's just going to be like "You didn't take out the garbage" vs "You never told me to." Geddit?
Your team is toxic
They say you don't quit a job, you quit your boss. That's true. But a toxic team can lead to complications, too. Constant ego clashes, badmouthing, and unhealthy competition are almost as demoralising as a bad boss.
You don't feel excited
Have you reached a plateau at your current job? Like you've worked hard to achieve a status and now all your energy goes in just maintaining that. There's nothing new, no challenge, no fun. Well, boredom may not be a sensible reason to leave, but think about the fact that you're actually not acquiring any new skills.
You're stuck in an endless exodus
The captain goes down with the ship. Yes, that's brave and shows character. But you're not the captain. And if you find yourself attending too many farewell lunches, especially employees who are good at their work, it's something to think about. Maybe they've figured out something you haven't yet. That's your cue.
You feel like a ping-pong ball
It's great to work at a place that keeps you on your toes, challenges you constantly. But if that's because of too much of restructuring, then that's a red flag. Is the organisation not sure about what they want to do or just what to do with you? Either way, it's enough reason to start looking out.
You're (still) earning peanuts
Statistically speaking, an appraisal will rarely get you a 30 per cent hike, but a job change might. However, frequent shifts also look questionable on your resume. That said, if you feel others with similar or lesser experience as you are earning more, that's just going to put a dent in your confidence.
You have no work-life balance
It's not for nothing that this phrase has become a concern all over the world in the corporate sector. If you don't have enough time for yourself, your family, or you're jeopardising your health trying to meet your job's demands, yet failing because they never seem to end, it's time.
You're always procrastinating
Procrastination is very productive. Take it from a fellow procrastinator. But you always find yourself taking too much time to get into the groove — far too many coffees to oil your body and brain to start functioning — something's wrong. It's probably the lack of motivation and not procrastination.
You have headhunters reaching out to you
Your skill set and experience are good enough to land you on the hiring list. Other organisations need people like you and they're making the first move. You are wanted. That's a good sign, right?
You don't see a future in this company
Remember that annoying HR question, "Where do you see yourself five years from now?" Well, ask yourself that today. Promotions, hikes, everything aside, do you see yourself doing this for the next five or 10 years? If not, then that's your cue, isn't it?
You feel you have a different calling
Millennials today are not the nine-to-five job kind of people. Some quit to soul search and travel, while others opt for a more relaxed, informal work culture. It is okay to do that. Instead of being an extension of the nine to five generation, how about we become the first generation with job satisfaction?
You're reading this article
If you're Googling for signs you should quit your job, that's a sign, too. You're unhappy. We're not saying the next place will be any better. And there's that grass analogy playing in your mind. But when is becoming complacent a solution?
(With inputs from Semantee Mukherjee, HR, Goldman Sachs Recruitment, and Martin Chakpram, director, People Realm Recruitment Services)