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How to know when to quit your job?

It is very usual to get bored out of the daily grind of a job. Lack of appreciation and the remuneration become exit barriers despite disheartening sunrises.

Gorge Denis Patrick Carlin, an American stand-up comedian, says that most people work enough not to get fired and paid enough so they don't quit.

For all of the most important decisions of your life, the road is not paved with gold. Traffic is jammed mostly and nowhere a green light of hope is showing up. Amid this, 'how do I know it's over?'

You are done with the current job and the boss and yet you have to continue. Not everyone can cut out for entrepreneurship as start-up bandwagon is not everyone's cup of tea. It's clear that another job and another boss is what happens post quitting the current one. So why jump from frying pan to fire? Is that enough reason to stay put in the job?

Before you start pulling out bad memories to turn to resignation, think if the issues are temporary due to any crisis or are here to stay. It is very usual to get bored out of the daily grind of a job. Lack of appreciation, current remuneration and many more reasons become exit barriers despite disheartening sunrises. Hold, look and reflect.

Watch out for signs: Have you thought of quitting many times? Do you feel perplexed mostly about taking a new challenge at the job? Most importantly, have you been talking to ex-colleagues more often? It may be possible to have fogged out in exhaustion but constant dissatisfaction is sure nerve wrecking. At times it is a burnout and not really quit sign. Try taking a break, joining any activity which has no relation to upliftment at the job. A pottery or swimming or volunteering at non-government organisation (NGO) can be very relaxing on nerves as an exit point.

Dipstick deeper: Talk to your colleagues, not about quitting but in general. Take them out for tea and just hear them out. I don't ask you to collect reviews but if everyone is ordinarily anxious, maybe it is a passing phase for you too.

Three years' itch: Do you get this "I am so bored" syndrome in two and half years? By the third year, you have changed and moved on. "Serial Job-Hopper" may not be as super hot as Emraan Hashmi's title, yet it's enough to blemish your resume'. Look before you jump. Is it really that bad on your last two years' appraisal sheets?

For the heck of it: Very angry and unappreciated in current job? Got an offer? Don't run out of the door. Talk to the current employer about possibilities of creating a changed environment. If that fails or you are not up to it, ensure meeting potential employer more than twice. My personal take would be to first talk out heart to heart with the existing one. At times, people really need to see through and no one wants to lose people.

Crystal ball: Be very clear as to why would you move out? If it is the boss who hinders your progress, then what is the guarantee of the next? If it is an owner-driven company with "temperamental" issues, then does the next one have better systems? Remember that each job has a great potential. It either prepares you or uplifts you.

There are no perfect relationships. Nothing like a perfect job until you understand that there are trade-offs.Whatever the reason for you to be unhappy, you don't have to just live with it or quit. In fact, even if you are able to find another job, staying put may be the best option. "Job searching and changing is not a trivial matter. It is often costly to career momentum and earnings as much as it is a boon," says Amy Wrzesniewski, of Yale School of Management.

Moving on is a process of life. Just ensure it's not habitual. Craft your job as your life and if you have decided to move out, mind you, there is a word called "graceful exits". Do not make full stops where it should be a comma.

The writer is a strategic advisor and premium educator with Harvard Business Publishing


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