Why It’s OK to Quit Your Job

You may have bee told in the past ‘Never quit your job until you have another lined up’ but that isn’t always the most healthy attitude to take when there are serious issues at work. Sometimes the best thing to do is to just walk out as soon as you can and in most cases, it’s okay to do so.

Here are some situations when it’s okay to walk out and leave your job for good:

You’re ill

There may come a time when you hate your job so much, that you end up suffering stress and anxiety. When your health is suffering as a result of unhappiness, then you know that your job simply isn’t worth it. No job is worth getting yourself ill over and the longer you stay and try and put up with your circumstance, the worse your health will suffer.

Research from Harvard University suggests that stress in the workplace can slash up to three years from your life!

You may also need to quit your job for personal or family illnesses and these are also genuine reasons as to why it’s sometimes okay to walk.

Miserable working environment

If you’re struggling to get on with your boss or co-workers, it can make your work life extremely difficult. Negative environments can impact your productivity during your working hours as well as your mental health.

When you know you just aren’t feeling yourself due to your job role, it’s time to go. If you’re asked why you called-it-quits on the position during a later interview, be honest with your potential employer. They’ll most likely understand that no-one can progress in a toxic work space and should recognise your reasoning for making that decision.

You’re on the wrong path

If you’re in the wrong job, you may feel as though you’re a fish-out-of-water with your other colleagues and wish to start looking elsewhere for a role that is more suited to your skill set.

If you’re new to your job, your new environment may take some getting used to, therefore quitting straight away isn’t always the answer. It may be best to have a chat with your boss and confess how you’re feeling, but if after a number of months, you’re still feeling a little lost, then it may be best to move on and choose a new career path that is more suited to you.

The company is failing

There may be occasions where the company is no longer performing as well as it once was and as a result, your job is now on the line. If you’re turning up to work on a daily basis worried about whether you’re going to be made redundant, you may want to look elsewhere before you get the news you’ve been dreading.

If you believe there’s no future in the job, it’s sometimes best to leave and find something with better prospects, rather than being left without a choice.

You’ve found a full-time job

If you originally applied for the job role as a temporary contract, you have every right to make the decision to leave the position to find something more long-term.

Before quitting your contract whether long-term or temporary, it’s always best to work your notice period or come to an agreement with your employer if you wish to leave sooner. If you walk out of your job without the consent of your boss, you may not get paid for hours already worked and the company may even take legal action against you. Be aware of the terms and conditions of your contract before you make any hasty decisions.


Here’s our blog on how to leave your job.

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