5 Reasons When It’s OK to Quit

when its ok to quit

Have you ever felt like you were at a dead end job? I know the feeling all too well. When you feel like you’ve exhausted your opportunities in your current role, it’s easy to lose focus and motivation. Sometimes, people choose to stay at their current job because they have reached the point where they have gotten really comfortable and no longer feel like they have to push themselves. Some like to stay within their comfort zone doing the minimum required work, while others see this as a sign to move on. How do you know when it’s time to quit and seek new opportunities? Here are my 5 reasons when it’s OK to quit:

1. You are no longer learning anything new.
Do you feel that your job is getting repetitive and you no longer feel challenged? Picture yourself 3 years from now. How about 5 years from now? If you see yourself doing the same routine day after day, then it’s time quit and look for more challenging opportunities.

2. You spend more time looking for things to do than doing actual work.
I know most of us are guilty of spending time browsing the internet and going on social media while on the clock. There have been times when my work days would be so slow that I would spend countless hours on youtube or browse the internet to kill time. I have seen others doing online shopping or browsing Facebook on their giant monitors, so I really don’t feel so bad! lol 😉 Now why didn’t I just ask for more work if I didn’t have anything to do? Great question! That brings me to my next point!

3. Your boss doesn’t encourage you to grow, or he/she is causing a road block in your career development.
I once worked for someone who told me I was excelling at my job. Whenever I asked if there was anything I needed to improve on, I was told to just keep doing what I was doing. Normally, one would think that those types of compliments would reassure some growth in your role, right? Wrong. This person just wanted to hold my hand through everything and didn’t want me to learn anything new. In a way, I felt like they didn’t want me to grow for their own benefit. If I learned everything too quickly, it might have made me bored and motivate me to have interest in other roles. This would also mean that my boss would have to hire someone new and go through the training process all over again. That would’ve been a big burden and inconvenience for them. I just want to point out that in a lot of cases, people don’t quit companies, they quit people. Often times, great companies lose great employees due to poor management. If you want your employees to stick around, you must must really think about how you’re treating them.

when its ok to quit

4. You are doing multiple people’s jobs and aren’t receiving the pay or recognition for it.
I know this sounds awfully familiar in a lot of work places. Companies want to save money by having one person do the work that normally requires 2 or 3 people. In a way, I see this as a blessing in disguise. Although you’re doing more work, you’re expanding your skill set. You can also point out to future employers that you are able to acquire new skills quickly and can multitask under pressure. However, it’s important to know your worth. If you feel that you’re being spread too thin, then have a talk with your boss about your heavy work volume. If your conversation doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, then let your valuable experiences pave the way to new opportunities.

5. You are constantly complaining about your job.
My last point is an obvious one. If you’re constantly complaining about your job to others, then it’s clear that you’re unhappy. It may be hard to find a perfect one that meets all of your expectations, but a job that always weighs you down and brings negativity to your life is not the right job for you. This is a big red flag! You deserve to work somewhere that brings out more of your positive side!

I hope you enjoyed this post and realize that sometimes it’s OK to quit! Quitting doesn’t mean you’re giving up; it means that you realize you deserve better! If you’re interested in reading more career posts, you can check them out here. Have a great day!


  1. September 27, 2016 / 5:13 AM

    Yup, can definitely relate to this! Stayed in the same job for 8 years and constantly complained about it. Sometimes looking for a new job is really scary, but once you leave that toxic environment, you’ll wonder why you ever stayed.

    Xoxo Alison

    • Polly
      September 30, 2016 / 2:19 PM

      I couldn’t agree more!

  2. September 27, 2016 / 1:24 PM

    Personal and professional growth is such an important aspect of any career! I agree that if your workplace isn’t willing to invest in you, it makes sense to start looking for somewhere that will!

    • Polly
      September 30, 2016 / 2:20 PM

      I’m so happy to hear that this is something that you resonate with, Brittany!

  3. Tamara
    September 27, 2016 / 10:34 PM

    This a great post! Sometimes people see quitting as failing which is not the case necessarily ! Quitting is just another way of growing and wanting bigger and better things!


    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

    • Polly
      September 30, 2016 / 2:23 PM

      Very true! Thanks for visiting, Tamara!

  4. September 28, 2016 / 12:25 AM

    Ugh yes! I totally agree. Especially with the last point. If you’re complaining about your job every single day and aren’t gaining anything from it, it’s totally time to MOVE ON. It’s not amplifying your life anymore!

    • Polly
      September 30, 2016 / 2:26 PM

      Absolutely! Constant complaining is a huge sign that it’s time to move on!

    • Polly
      September 30, 2016 / 2:27 PM

      Thanks for taking the time to read my post, Keri!

  5. September 28, 2016 / 1:16 PM

    So much food for thought here. It has been a long time since I worked for anyone else but I think your points are really well thought out. thank you for this post. I think it is going to be really helpful for those considering a change.

    • Polly
      September 30, 2016 / 2:30 PM

      Thanks for your kind words, Heather!

  6. September 29, 2016 / 2:19 PM

    All of these are great reasons to quit a job or anything and to see what inspires you to do something new. Thanks for sharing:)

    • Polly
      September 30, 2016 / 2:31 PM

      Thank you for visiting, Terumi!

    • Polly
      October 18, 2016 / 11:09 PM

      Thanks for your kind words, Lydia!

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