To quit or not to quit your job

Last updated: June 17, 2024
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Last year, around 48 million people handed in letters of resignation.

People quit their jobs for all kinds of reasons. Leaving your current situation can be something you plan or a spontaneous decision.

If you’re thinking about quitting your job, you may be wondering if now is the right time. While it’s something only you can decide, it’s a big step to take.

To help you decide, we’ve put together the following article. We’ll tell you the reasons why you should quit your job.

We’ll also go through some of the scenarios for when you shouldn’t leave your job.

Plus, you’ll discover the right way to part with your employer.

Why do people quit their jobs?

People quit their jobs for all kinds of reasons. They could be looking for a new challenge, a more positive company culture, or a better work-life balance.

Some people leave for financial reasons. 63% of people who quit their jobs in 2021 said it was due to a low salary. If they’re serious about improving their income, they’ll usually have a new job to go to before leaving.

Employees want to feel valued at work, and being unappreciated can be a reason to quit.

Difficult situations can also motivate people to give up their jobs. For example, someone could have a dispute with their manager or an issue with another team member.

These are all common reasons why people quit.


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When should you quit your job?

There are several acceptable reasons to move on from your current role.

What are they? Let’s take a look at when it’s okay to quit your job.

1. You have a new job

If you’ve found an alternative role, you’ll need to quit your job. You may have been actively looking for a job opportunity or been given an offer you can’t refuse.

It’s always a good idea to find a new job before quitting your old one. You won’t have to explain a gap in your resume, and you’ll show the hiring manager that you’re leaving on your terms.

Wait for confirmation and a start date before quitting your current position. Depending on the job type, you may need to give notice. You should mention your preferred start date to the new employer.

2. You want to move

Even if you love your job, you may need to quit because you want to move.

People move for all kinds of reasons. You could have a family member you need to be closer to or a school district you want to be in. Housing affordability, overseas travel, or lifestyle change could also trigger a relocation.

Alternatively, you could be in a long-distance relationship and want to move in with your partner.

Relocation is a good reason to leave, and if you’re honest with your employer, they may have options. For example, they may let you work remotely or transfer to another location.

3. You need to look after your health

Your health should always be a priority. If you have an unexpected illness or an accident, you may need to leave your job.

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There may also be a time when you need to take time off to care for a family member. If you’re leaving for health reasons, your employer may be understanding. They might cut back your hours from full-time to part-time.

Another option could be unpaid leave, so you can go back to work when you’re ready.

If you were injured at work, you might be entitled to Workers' Compensation. Don’t forget that leaving your job could impact your health insurance benefits.

4. You want to study

If you’re thinking about changing career paths and going back to school, your current job may not fit your study schedule. For example, you may have a full-time job but want to study full-time.

There are options depending on your job type. You could ask your employer to cut back on your hours or change your shifts to another timeslot.

Some people choose to study online, so they can make money while they learn. Alternatively, you can look for another position with more flexible hours.

It’s never too late to change careers. If you’re wondering what job is right for you, take our free career quiz.

5. You’re stuck in a toxic work environment

Your workplace might not be a good fit. If it’s a toxic work environment, you’ll hate going to work every day.

Your current employer may not be supportive, or the company culture could be negative. Poor communication can make it hard to work as a team.

If all the team members have low morale and the workload is unfairly balanced, it could be time to leave.

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If you feel like your mental health is suffering because of your job, you may have already tried to fix the situation. For example, you may have spoken to human resources or reported bad behavior.

When the workplace is toxic, it’s understandable that you’d want to move on.

6. Your personal circumstances have changed

Your personal life can change over time. If your personal circumstances are different from when you first started, it could be a reason to quit your job.

For example, you may have become a parent, and your schedule doesn’t give you a good work-life balance. Your children may be in school and need after-school care, or you might be using the bulk of your income on daycare costs.

If you’ve spent your life working, you’ll need to quit your job when it comes time to retire.

If your personal circumstances change, your employer may have some flexibility, so it’s worth discussing it with them before saying goodbye.

7. Your career goals have changed

When you first got your job, you probably had a vision for the next five or ten years. However, your career goals can change.

You may want to switch careers or start your own business. The good news is there’ll be transferable skills from your current role that you can use in other industries.

Before quitting, try to come up with a plan for what you want to do next. What steps do you need to take to get there?

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We recommend finding a new job or planning your next move before you quit.

8. There are no opportunities for growth

Have you gone as far as you can in your workplace? If the company has no leadership opportunities, you may be ready to move on.

Career progression can be important, and when you don’t get considered for a promotion, it can motivate you to look for work elsewhere.

Money can also play a role. You may not be getting paid enough, or you might need a higher salary to be able to afford a big purchase such as a new home.

If there are no growth opportunities in front of you, you can use your experience to get a new role.

When should you not quit your job?

Saying goodbye to your income is a big step. Before handing in your resignation letter, think about whether it's the right decision.

Are you quitting because you've had a bad day? Or is it something you have thought through? Do you have another job to go to, or do you have savings to fall back on?

Here are a few examples of when quitting your job may not be the right move.

1. You need a break

Going to work every day can feel repetitive, especially when you're missing out on time with friends and family.

If you feel like taking a break, it may be tempting to wave goodbye to your day job. However, a job helps pay the bills, and being unemployed can be tough.

Needing a vacation or feeling tired at the end of each week isn't a good reason to quit. If you are feeling burnout or have a special event you want to attend, it's best to speak to your employer.

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You may be able to schedule time off or cut back on your hours.

2. You are being bullied

Bullying can occur in any workplace. It makes sense that you'd want to quit if it's a bad situation and you don't feel happy at work.

Just remember, it's not your fault, and you do have rights. Even if you end up quitting, it doesn’t have to be your first response. You can speak to human resources and report the behavior. If there is no one you can talk to at work, you can seek legal advice.

For example, discrimination is illegal, and there are steps you can take. Whether it’s your manager or co-workers, bullying isn't something you have to put up with.

3. You don’t have any work friends

Don't feel like you fit in at work? If you're struggling to make friends, you may be thinking about quitting.

Personal relationships are important, and it can be hard to do your job if you don't feel connected to your team. Instead of leaving, think about how you can improve a challenging situation.

You can try having conversations with your colleagues and taking the time to get to know them. You can attend after-work events and be positive and approachable.

Forming professional relationships doesn't always happen instantly. Even if you don't end up being friends outside of the workplace, you can still learn to collaborate.

4. You’re lacking confidence

Sometimes, people quit because they feel like they aren't good at their job. Maybe you've made a mistake in the workplace, or there's a job duty you haven't mastered yet.

If a lack of confidence is getting you down, it doesn't mean you should quit. You can try to improve your skills with practice or a short course.

If there’s something you’re unsure about, ask your manager or a coworker for help.

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Simple changes can help you feel more confident. For example, you can focus on your body language with better eye contact and posture.

Living a healthy lifestyle and exercising regularly can also help you feel more confident.

5. You don’t have a plan

Even if you want to leave your current employment, you should try to stay until you have a plan.

Quitting with no job to go to and no idea what to do next can leave you with regrets.

If you quit your job, you may not get unemployment benefits. You’ll also need to explain your reason for quitting to a future employer.

Tips for quitting your job

Have you decided it’s time to go? Here are our top tips for quitting your job.

  • Try to get a reference for your next job.

  • Leave on good terms because you may want to go back one day.

  • Try to give your employer a two-week notice period.

  • Write a letter of resignation and thank your employer for the opportunity.

  • Offer to train someone new.

  • Ask for an exit interview.

  • Be positive and reflect on the good times.

  • Tell your boss before your coworkers.

  • Say goodbye to your colleagues.

  • Leave your workspace clean and tidy.

Where to find a new job

Is it time to start looking for new career opportunities? Our job board is the place to go.

You can search for roles in your area by job type or company name. You can even narrow your search down to filter remote positions.

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Quit your job for the right reason

Before you say goodbye to your current role, think about whether you're quitting for the right reason. What are good reasons to leave?

Do you have a new job? You’ll need to hand in your resignation letter.

If you want to move, you’re having health issues, or your personal circumstances have changed, it could be time to quit your job.

Sometimes, you’ll feel like you have no choice. For example, your current work situation may be toxic, or there may be no room for professional growth. If your goals have changed, you may want to move to an entirely new role.

There are also reasons not to quit your job. If you need a break, are being bullied, lack confidence, or don’t have friends at work, there are things you can do.

Want to see what other jobs are available in your area? Head over to our job board. You can find more articles like this one in our resource center.

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Aidan Chavasse
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Add that the social contract is being reneged upon with 120 years of inflation we ignored… and many are being left behind by the new global model in labor and production as deindustrialisation and what will soon be half a billion more foreign laborers in the world job market, and escalating automation. It’s foolish to think that many aren’t asking what is the point, and the idea that we are leading the world, and old school positive religion and upward mobility are no longer offsetting the sacrifices people made with what was once more meaningful work, even if it was often harder work.