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Ep 49: Signs to look out for when to quit your job?

Hosts: Jade and Deniece


Listen in on this episode as Jade and Deniece discuss key points to be considered in discerning when it is necessary to quit a job, how to go about it, and what to consider before making the decision.



Episode Timeline:

[02:16] Today’s discussion highlights how following the pandemic, and the increased rate of working from home, a large number of people plan to leave their jobs in the near future.

[03:18] The Great Resignation: A survey of about 1000 workers in Singapore showed that 1 in 4 workers intend to leave their current employer in 6 months, while half were unsure if they would stay in their current jobs for the next 6 months. Some of the reasons include increased stress levels, heavier workloads, and feeling isolated. It has been more stressful to work from home with the lines blurred between work time and rest time.

[07:33] Despite the return to normal work patterns with people going back to working from the office, many people still intend to leave their jobs. Jade believes that people may have realized certain unpleasant things about their jobs during the pandemic which they weren’t preciously aware of. Deniece suggests that after the experience of flexibility working from home, people may feel a need to be incentivized to go back to the ‘9-5’ office routine. For some people, they would rather just look for a job that gives them the same flexibility they enjoyed.

[10:23] Some of Jade’s friends have also showed intentions to leave their job but they haven’t done so yet.

[11:54] When is it time to leave your job? The goal of the episode is not to encourage or discourage you to leave your job. It is to equip you with information to differentiate between being emotionally affected by the pandemic, and knowing if it is truly time to leave your job. This helps so you don’t make bad decisions you may regret after.

[13:46] You’re not pursuing your passion; when you’re enthusiastic about your career, you feel a greater sense of fulfilment and increase your productivity. If you don’t feel strongly about something, it’s very hard to sustain it. This does mean you must quit your job just because you have no passion for it; you can change your approach towards the work to get a new perspective.

[16:38] If you also experience bullying and an unhealthy workplace, that can affect your mental health. You should stand up for yourself, but if you have done it for a while and the problem persists, maybe it is time to walk away. Keep in mind not to transfer such negative behaviour from your experience to others; very often people who are toxic have experienced the same toxicity in the past.

[18:23] Additionally, if you observe that nothing you do ever feels adequate, and your supervisor only keeps pushing for more work, you may consider other opportunities that better value your contributions. This is very important to note when you have a family, and your workplace is inconsiderate of the demands placed on you.

[21:37] Similarly, It may also be time to change your job if it is causing you to develop bad habits like lying, or bending your ethical beliefs such that you are very uncomfortable. Find an environment that is healthier for you.

[23:11] It is ideal to have your next steps set up before resigning. In this process, you can also try another job that feeds your soul.

[25:00] One of the first signs that people may need to leave a job, is recurring burnout or exhaustion when going to work. In some cases however, it may simply be that the workload is too much. Career choices have been linked to suicide rates especially when people feel like there’s no way out. This makes it imperative to seek professional help; going to a coach helps you set goals to where you want to be and get there.

[27:15] Complaining about the same job issues over and over again to your colleagues or friends might be a sign that you need to change your job.

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