Signs that It’s Time to Quit Your 9-5 Job

I think we can all agree that we need an income of some sort in order to sustain our needs. If you go to work before 9 am and call it a day after 5 pm, you’re also probably thankful that you have a job that pays the bills.

But if you’re having more bad days at work than good ones and contemplated about quitting and changing careers a number of times, you’re probably not all that happy about your current role. And if you’re looking for more signs that it’s high time to turn in your two-weeks’ notice, then check out the list below.

1.       There’s No Room to Grow

A company or organization with flat structure limits your growth and promotion. Surely, you’ll want to enjoy an increase in salary even if that means more responsibilities. You’d want to enhance your skill as you grow with the company. But if you’ve been in your current job for so long now with no hint of moving forward, it’s best to start looking into other career options soon.

2.       You’re Not Fairly Compensated

How the company values you and your work are reflected in your compensation. It’s certainly discouraging if you’re not being paid well and fairly for your work. If you’ve brought up the topic of getting a raise and being rejected for it, then you need to find other jobs where the pay commensurate with your skills and hard work.  

3.       Your Role Does Under-utilizes Your Best Skills

A fulfilling job allows you to work and utilize your best talents and what you do best. Using your best skill set in your job gives you a real sense of contribution to the company. You’ve probably held on the job for some time because you needed the paycheck, but if you can earn as much or more in a different job or career where you truly enjoy what you do, then that’s a sign you need to switch careers.  

4.       The Cons Outweigh the Pros

Stuck in a job that you don’t enjoy but has the benefits? Do you like getting free coffee even if you’re made to report to work even on weekends? Every job has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. However, when the cons outweigh the pros and you’re just there because you needed the job (any job, for that matter), then you must know you’ll still get free coffee and probably better benefits if you tried to look elsewhere.

5.       You Work in a Negative Environment

Has your workplace become a breeding place for complaints, office politics, power-tripping, and gossips? Then you probably know how unhealthy that can be to your own performance. Over time, negative energy in your job has made you feel resentment towards your boss and colleagues. You’ve also lost the excitement of waking up early Monday mornings and don’t feel passionate about your job anymore. It’s time to find a healthier working environment where you can be a better person and worker.


Having a job is indeed important for today’s survival, but if you’re not feeling your worth and value in your current role and workplace, you need to evaluate your options. Your job should not hinder your growth as an individual and professional. Instead, it should allow you to move forward. You don’t need to feel stuck in a job you don’t like and enjoy when you know there are greater things out there for you.  



Signs that It's Time to Quit Your 9-5 Job

Evoni SeiglerComment