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5 signs it's time to quit your job

Are you thinking about leaving your job this year? An expert reveals the signs you shouldn’t ignore.

Women sad at work. Signs to quit job.
Should you quit your job? A workplace psychologist shares her tips. (Source: Getty)

More than half of Aussie workers are considering quitting their jobs in 2023. If you’re in this boat, you may be wondering - am I just going through a start-of-the-year funk, or is it actually time to move on?

We asked Indeed’s workplace psychologist Amanda Gordon to share the signs you shouldn’t ignore.

1. Your workplace is toxic

If people in your workplace are being put down or excluded, or you’re expected to work an unreasonable amount of hours, these could be signs that your workplace is toxic. If this is the case, it’s time to move on, Gordon said.

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“If you cannot change it, just get out and don’t work in that environment. You would be better to leave rather than trying to make yourself happy in a toxic environment,” Gordon said.

2. You aren’t valued

With Australia facing a massive skills shortage, many workers have been left feeling overworked and undervalued. Recent data from LinkedIn found a whopping two-thirds of Aussie workers are feeling this way in the current economic environment.

“If you are not valued in your workplace that might be a good reason to leave as long as you are contributing and putting in the effort and showing them that you are of value,” she said.

3. Work is causing you distress

If work is hurting your mental health and causing your distress, this could be another sign. But it’s important to figure out exactly what is causing your feelings, Gordon said, and if work is the only factor at play.

“Look at your work-life balance. If your distress is purely because of work, then that’s one thing. But if it is because life is stressful and you’re not sure what to do, then you should address those issues first before you change jobs,” she said.

4. You aren’t getting any support

If you are struggling at work and ask your manager for support, their response could help you decide whether to leave or stay.

“I’m always in favour of having a chat with your manager and communicating that you are feeling under-resourced, undervalued or whatever it might be,” Gordon said.

“If your manager won’t listen to you and won’t give you constructive support and ideas moving forward, that could be a red flag.”

5. You’ve hit a dead end

Maybe there are no opportunities for growth, or you’ve simply learned everything there is to learn. If you’ve hit a dead end in your job, this could be a signal to move on so you can continue developing.

“Wanting to grow and not having that opportunity in your current role is a wonderful indicator that it would be a great idea to move on,” Gordon said.

“You don’t have to be unhappy to leave. It is fine to leave a job when you are feeling good, as long as the circumstances are right.”

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