A clickbaity item detailing “9 telltale signs it’s time to quit your job” reminds us that the ball’s in the employee’s court when it comes to staying or going, but misses that the nine “signs” are actually just common traits of almost any modern job:
– You dread going to work;
– You know more than your boss;
– The company is circling the drain;
– You’re out of the loop;
– You’ve lost your passion;
– You have a bad boss who isn’t going anywhere;
– There’s no room for advancement;
– Your health is suffering;
– Your personal life is suffering.
All offices lead to bad health because of the stress, the cakes, the sitting on your backside all day, the lack of natural light and the boredom.
Everyone‘s smarter than their boss because (to put it bluntly) shit floats.
Anyone with a brain in their nut dreads going to work because work is horrible.
And passion? People who say “passion” in relation to work almost certainly don’t know what the word really means.
Staying in a bad job for too long can be very harmful to your career. If you’ve tried everything you can think of to make things better and haven’t seen any big changes, it may be time to move on.
It’s also “very harmful” to your life, liberty and marbles.
Still, I agree that we can always be classy about making an exit:
If you do decide to leave, be smart about it. Don’t burn bridges by venting about all of the reasons you’re leaving. That accomplishes nothing, and could even haunt you later. Instead, simply explain that you’re leaving to pursue another opportunity, and then do so graciously.