A decision that most of us will make at some point in our career is do we go or do we stay. Let’s face it, we all have good days and bad days but do the bad outweigh the good?

I would recommend that you give it plenty of thought and explore other options within your organization before you quit. However, there are times when it’s time to go.

Here’s 5 signs it’s time to activate your exit plan?

1. You dread going to work
I worked for a boss that was straight forward. He told us that if three of the five days during the week, we dreaded coming to work, then this was not the place for us to work. Initially, I thought it was kind of harsh advice but later I realized he was right!

Work is a large part of our lives. Some of us spend more waking hours at work and with co-workers than we spend with family. Who wants to be unhappy for most of the time you’re awake?

2. Skills aren’t being used
You may have been hired for a job that requires your skills but you’re not using them. Not using your skills will make it difficult to stay sharp. If you don’t see a change coming in the future then it may be a good time to start putting your plan in place, especially if you’re not developing new skills.

3. Mission and values don’t align
Many times, we research an organization and think, wow I like what they stand for. Their mission and core values are exactly what I’m looking for and want to be a part of. Now that you’re working for the company, do you still feel the same way?

Does the day to day activities and decisions align with their mission and the values?

If you find it hard to stand by the decisions being made and the impact to employees, clients or vendors, then this is a major sign it’s time to burn rubber.

4. Can’t find a balance
No matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to find a balance. The requirements of the job are more than you have to give. They are constantly conflicting with personal commitments.

You’ve had conversations about your workload and the amount of time you are investing in the job, but nothing seems to change.

5. No where to go
You’re stagnant. There’s no upward mobility. Initially, you were learning new things, but that train has come to a stop and you don’t see any room for growth or advancement.

When you think about your future with the company, you see yourself in the same place waiting for someone to retire.

Try not to quit a job without having a plan. The goal is to remove yourself from an uncomfortable situation, not create a worse situation.

Remember to leave an organization the way you came in, as a professional. Give notice and do your best until the end.


career goals, professional development

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