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Should you quit your job? 13 Signs It’s Time to Move On.

It’s the time of the year where people are looking out. Should you? You ask yourself. You are not the only one who asked yourself this question. According to data released from LinkedIn, 86 percent of over 1,000 professionals are considering new job in 2024. Sounds crazy, isn’t it? I think so too.

If you have been working happily for a few years with your current employer and feel uncertain about changing job, that’s understandable. On the other hand, if you have experienced two or more of the following signs. Then it might be a good idea to explore around and go for job interviews.


1.      Unhealthy Work Environment

Unhealthy work environment can manifest in many forms. From an abusive employer, outlandish favoritism on certain colleagues, level of support rendered based on cliché and so on. Many of such behaviors are already engraved into organizational culture, and expecting any changes is akin to selling ice to Eskimos.

Many years ago, I made the mistake twice of trying to change an existing situation in two separate environments. It backfired and cost me dearly. What it taught me is that, if you can’t accept a particular work environment/ behavior, just move on quickly and quietly. Don’t be idealistic when it comes to people or behavior in your work environment. Taking care of yourself should always be your number one priority.


2.      Low Pay

While salary is a sensitive topic, it’s wise to approach it from the angle of pragmatism. If your current salary is barely able to meet your cost of living, then it’s better to find an alternative. It’s expensive living in Singapore, and everyone knows it. Your current salary should allow you to make provision for your retirement as well.

Moreover 90% of all employees regardless of their industry, geography and role has a limited economic life span. Ageism is real, and most people salary will start to dwindle down from age 45 ~ 50.


3.      Lack of Growth Opportunities

If your current environment does not provide you the opportunity to grow professionally, then it’s time to move on once the right opportunity present itself. In today’s world, skill set becomes obsolete quickly due to outsourcing of work to lower cost countries and evolution of software due to AI. Improving yourself professionally is a matter of survival in the long run. The following jobs has become obsolete over the past few decades: travel agents, bank teller, elevator operator, secretary.


4.      Incongruent Organizational Values

Most people think that organizational values are words stated in the company website or pitched by the CEO / HR department. It cannot be further away from the truth. The truth is that organizational values are derived from the behavior of the people in the workplace on a daily basis.

If your CEO and manager treats everyone with respect, then respect is part of the organizational values. Likewise if the management has a practice of distrusting or hiding the truth from their staffs, then that becomes part of the organizational values. In short, see through the BS. Actions speak louder than word.


5.      There Is No Work Life Balance

If your current organization does not enable you to have a proper rest and bandwidth to attend to your personal life, then this will compromise your quality of life in the long run. Being happy is important, and it’s essential for productivity and creativity at work. There is no real substitute for it, no matter how many cups of coffee you drink today. You will eventually burn out, and your relationship with your loved ones will take a hit.


6.      No Work Chemistry with Your Boss

This is a common issue, and one that may potentially hurt your career growth in the long run. One of the biggest contributors to your career growth and job satisfaction is your direct manager. If direct manager thinks poorly of you, regardless of how much work you have done for your organization, your chances of being promoted and having a pay raise will significantly diminished. Secondly, the odds of being misunderstood or experiencing a communication breakdown is going to be exceedingly high.

Your relationship with your employer should be obvious to you. How you are treated on a daily basis is a reflection of their opinion of you (mostly). Again, you can try to change it but 90% of the time, it will be a futile attempt. For your mental well-being, find an employer who values and appreciate you.


7.      You Feel Disengaged

If you are constantly bored at work, then you might want to ask yourself why. Could it be the work scope? Or have you outgrown the role? Or this is not the right role in the first place? It requires you to spend time to ponder over it. Talking to someone who understands you well can be helpful. You have to be honest with yourself. Sometimes it could be a reflection of your attitude towards work.


8.      You Don’t Get On Well With Your Colleagues

If you have trouble getting on well with your colleagues, it’s important to spend time reflecting on it. Your relationship with people is often a direct reflection of your relationship with yourself. Likewise, it’s important to note that you can’t change people. You can either learn to adapt to others or change a different environment/ social group altogether. Heard of this saying? “Bird of a feather flock together?” If you are struggling repeatedly in getting along with others despite multiple attempts, it’s time to seek external help.


9.      The Company Is Not Doing Well

If your employer is struggling financially, then you face the risk of not getting your paycheck or bonus. There are a few signs of it. E.g. frequent late salary payout or creditors not being paid on time. Typically, in this scenario, people from the finance or accounting department would be the first to leave the organization. This is an example of a recent case in Singapore.


10. High Turnover rate

A high turnover rate in an organization is a symptom of underlying issues within an organization. That said, in certain industry or organizations, this is commonplace. E.g. F&B, Retail or start-ups. It makes sense to take time to understand the cause(s) of it. Sometimes it may not even have any or minimal impact on you. This can potentially be an opportunity for you to showcase your loyalty to the employer, and gain career advancement opportunities in the mid-long term.


11. Your Partner Is Prompting You

If your partner is regularly prompting you about your current organization, then might be a sign that something is off. Your partner can be concern about your mental or physical well-being, or perhaps the organization itself. In some cases, it could be the demand of the role and how it’s impacting your relationship. A point to note: Your employer can always replace you easily in a month or two if you are no longer around. On the other hand, if your relationship is broken, it is going to take a lot of effort to repair it.


12. You Feel Constantly Burned Out and Exhausted

This is a sign that something is off. It could be your work or your work environment, or your relationship, or your personal commitment or even the way you handle things. Constant backaches, migraine, sleepless nights, anxiety issue, inability to enjoy your holiday or your personal time. It will require you to spend time to look deep into the underlying issues and address it. This may or may not be a work-related issue. Sometimes professional help is required.


13. Good Offer

By definition, a good offer should comprise any of the following: meaningful pay increment, interesting work scope, growth potential, desired employer, suitable working arrangement, supportive employer, positive work environment and etc.

If the job offer can advance your professional milestone or improve your quality of life, then you should not pass it up easily. A good offer doesn’t come often and can be a life changing experience.


If you have experience two or more of the signs above, give it a second thought and talk to someone you trust. Perspective matters. Your personal well-being is and should be a priority.



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