How to know when you should quit your job

With leaving a job becoming a trending topic over the last few months, some may have wondered if it is time for them to move on from their current position. This could be a simple whim because quitting is a conversational item at the moment. Or, this thought process could be a symptom of something more. With jobs being such an integral part of everyday life, they have a wide reaching impact on the mental or emotional state of a person. A job can be unacceptable for a variety of reasons, some of them stronger than others. When these reasons present themselves, it is important to evaluate whether or not they are substantial enough to walk away from a career or paycheck. In many cases, waiting around for a change to take place may not be a wise decision. Author Tim Ferriss spoke to this, “Someday is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you.”

With there being so many arguments for and against quitting, the question must be asked, how should you know when to quit your job? We spoke with 10 different business executives to uncover their thoughts on this matter.

Lack of fulfillment

Max Spielbert is the president of Genexa, a company focused on providing clean, high quality medication for a wide assortment of ailments. He believes that those who are routinely discontent with their job should consider leaving.

“A normal human desire is for that of fulfillment and value. We want to feel as though what we’re doing matters or has a level of impact. Another way to look at this is, do your day-to-day tasks satisfy your goals or ambitions for your professional life? Not everyday will be filled with passion or a desire to work – that’s sometimes the nature of any job. However, if you find yourself in a constant state of feeling unfulfilled over longer periods of time, it may be in your best interests to move on from your position.”

Growth has plateaued

Nugenix is a dietary supplement brand specializing in male testosterone products. Their co-founder and CEO, Brandon Adcock, suggests that it is time to quit a job when one can no longer elevate their professional skills or rank up within a company.

“A good indicator of when it is time to move on from your current job is if you have hit your growth ability. If you have hit the ceiling within your industry and company, it is time to move on. You should never feel like you have capped your work. If you have, then you need to find a new place to continue to grow.”


If someone is regularly feeling mental or physical symptoms as a result of their job, these are signs that departing a company may be in their best interests. Kenra Professional is a beauty brand aimed at serving stylists. Their integrated marketing director, Ryan Brown, backs this approach.

“Work can be frustrating or stressful for so many reasons such as overwork or relational issues. These agitations can manifest themselves in mental signs such as anxiety or sadness as well as physical signs like headaches or other bodily pain. Take a look at what specifically may be causing these issues. Sometimes it may be possible to remove them, other times it’s simply the nature of the job. Quitting may be an act of self-care if the situation cannot be resolved. No job is worth a toll on your person.”


Michel Mosse is the co-founder and head of revenue for Hoist, a service which teaches clients how to launch and run their own business. He advises anyone who finds themselves avoiding their work to walk away from their position.

“Procrastination happens because people don’t have any interest in their work or they thoroughly don’t enjoy it. If you’re scrolling social media, walking around the office, taking longer lunches, or even visiting the restroom more than normal in an effort to dodge your workload, these are sure signs that you’re procrastinating. This is especially the case if you were once on top of all your work. Not every element of your job will be engaging. But there should be some things that engross you. If not, you’re likely in the wrong position for yourself.”

Personal passion

HIDE is a makeup brand which features a new take on concealer and foundation. Their CMO, Amanda E. Johnson, believes that if a person is not involved with work that excites them, their current position could be a poor fit.

“As young people, we had big dreams and goals that we were determined to make our reality. But, life happens, bills need to be paid, and the flow of the world has taken you elsewhere. If this is the case, you may have ended up in a job out of necessity and not because you had a personal passion for the work you’re doing. Ask yourself, if I could be doing anything for work, what would it be? If your answer doesn’t involve your job in any capacity this could be very indicative of what you should do moving forward.”

A search has begun

Window shopping for jobs is something that many people who have lost interest in their present occupation find themselves doing. TheFutureParty is a daily newsletter aimed at providing readers with topics related to the business of entertainment and culture. Their co-founder and president, Boye Fajinmi, suggests a person should quit if they are looking elsewhere.

“Sometimes people may be unaware of their subconscious focus or attitude. Behavior can easily demonstrate where a person’s mind is at. Anyone who has ever gone through the job application process is likely still receiving emails about related job opportunities which have just been posted. If you’re paying more attention to these emails or even actively going to recruitment sites, the importance you once placed on your position may be waning.”

Is there a plan?

Rachel Blank is the founder and CEO of Allara, a medical company specializing in the virtual care of women with polycystic ovary syndrome. She considers quitting a job to be an option only if someone has a next-step strategy.

“There are many reasons why someone may want to leave their job, but I think the key is having a plan for moving forward. If you abruptly quit without having anything to fall back on, you could end up inflicting a lot of unnecessary stress on yourself. Whether it’s a matter of wanting a schedule change or desiring to switch career paths altogether, leaving a job is seldom an easy decision, especially if you have been in the position for a long time. Setting yourself up for success and ensuring you will be financially stable following your last day is essential before quitting.”

Culture change

Mood Health is an online mental health resource featuring psychiatry specialists. Their CEO, Mike Clare, advises some to leave their place of employment if there have been recent developments which have resulted in a different belief system.

“The culture of a workplace has a massive impact on the atmosphere and employee perception. Some places strongly believe in work-life balance while others don’t prioritize it. Also, employees should feel encouraged and protected as people and workers in this environment. It can be the case that a company once was a wonderful place to work because of the culture instilled by leaders but after a regime change this is no longer the case. If you find yourself in a situation where one or more of these factors has changed and the workplace isn’t what it used to be, leaving it behind may be in your best interests.”

Poor leadership

Leaders and bosses set the tone for any job. A good boss will create a space that employees want to come back to while a bad boss does the opposite. Rent A Wheel is a custom wheel and tire manufacturer offering a rent-to-own payment system. Their president and partner, Matt Seaburn, suggests resigning from a position if the latter is present.

“A boss and employee will not always agree and that’s just how it goes in the workplace. But a difficult boss is far different than this. In some cases, a bad boss can take the form of being overbearing or demonstrating lack of trust. There are even cases of bosses being abusive. If this relationship trends from challenging to toxic then it’s time to get out.”

A sinking ship

Brittany Dolin is the co-founder of the Pocketbook Agency, a recruiting firm built to place administrative and support level professionals with U.S. clients. She believes that employees should submit their resignation if a company is in danger of going under.

“There are many telling signs that the company you’re working for is a sinking ship. From layoffs to physical downsizing and failure to meet revenue goals, it’s obvious when a business is about to fold. As these signs become present before a closure happens, you can make moves to ensure you’re not let go without warning or securing your future. Don’t go down with the ship.”

Making the decision to quit is not an easy one and should be made with caution. However, there is more than one respectable reason for leaving as seen above. Whatever the reason for quitting a subpar job, it can be incredibly liberating as demonstrated by author Bryant McGill, “Quitting a job can be like an exorcism where you cast out a demon. The demon is the foreign spirit who occupies you through your occupation.”

Author: nohoarts