Are you dealing with a difficult situation at work and wondering if you should quit or stick it out? Nearly everyone has these thoughts at some time or another throughout a professional career. However, knowing whether to stay or quit can require a good deal of thought. Here are some of the top considerations to think about when making your decision.
If your job requires so much time that you feel constantly stressed and unable to relax, it's wise to reevaluate your work situation. First, see if there is a way to reduce your professional commitments or change your schedule to give yourself more time away. If it's not possible to reduce your work-related stress or squeeze in more relaxation, it may be time to look for a new job.
If you're struggling with managerial issues, it's a good idea to figure out the root of the problem. If you and your boss simply have clashing personalities, it may be worth staying if you can brush off personal issues. However, if you feel marginalized and there is no recourse for requesting a different manager or your career isn't moving forward, it may be time to leave.
Sometimes leaving your job isn't your choice. If you are fired, you may want to do some research first to see if your situation falls under wrongful termination. If you find out your employer acted illegally, there are steps you can take to get your job back. If your employer acted legally, however, the best recourse is to start fresh by looking for a new job.
Ideally, you should enjoy your job, or at least not dread going into work every day. Dealing with an unpleasant boss and constantly worrying about work are common problems. If you don't feel happy in your job, start by figuring out what is causing the stress and discontent. Once you know the reasons, you can try addressing the issues or start looking for a new position.