Are you feeling increasingly unhappy about your job? Do you find yourself day dreaming about other things you could do with the time you spend at work? Do you dread the thought of Monday mornings? 

Then, it may be time for you to quit your job. Or, alternatively, address the issues that you dislike about your current job. Without leaving your job, you may be able to solve the problems and make your current job - work. 

Take a look at these six common reasons why people often leave their job. These will help you determine whether it's time to quit your current job or take action to make your current job - work. With a little work, you can identify changes that will re-invigorate your job and career. 

Determine Why You Are Unhappy in Your Current Job 

Do you dislike the work you do day-to-day on the job? Or, are there other problems that affect how you feel about your job? If you like the work and pinpoint other issues as the problem, consider what you can do to resolve these problems before you quit your job. 

Good jobs are difficult to find. You don't want to make a hasty decision or burn any bridges until you've thoughtfully considered your options. You may be able to make your job - work.

Following are six common problems that prompt people to want to quit their job. See if you can find your reasons and use the advice provided to turn your work situation around. 

You Feel Stuck in Your Current Job

Are you feeling stuck in your current position with no hope of promotion? You look around your organization and don't see any job you'd like to do next. You may want to explore options with your boss. 

Talk to your boss to make sure you're right. Ask about opportunities for lateral moves and for more interesting, skill-stretching assignments. Most workplaces value initiative and people who want to continue to learn and grow. 

Consider swapping assignments with a coworker who feels like you do about trying something new. (Ask for your manager's agreement, of course.) 

You Feel Unappreciated in Your Current Job

You work hard every day, but you don't feel your boss or your workplace recognize your efforts. You can't remember the last time anyone thanked you for your contributions. 

Tell your boss you would like her input about how she views your work. Tell the boss you'd like to sit down with him regularly to obtain feedback, both good and bad, so you can improve. 

Offer to chair an employee recognition team that can develop a process for recognizing the hard work and efforts of all your coworkers. After all, if you're feeling unappreciated, you can bet others are, too. 

Sometimes, feeling unappreciated has to do with money. Ask your manager for a raise or ask when you can expect your compensation review. Follow up to make sure it happens. 

You Feel Overworked on Your Job

You probably are overworked. Employers have cut back on hiring and are expecting employees to do more with fewer resources. 

At a local university, a customer service counter was staffed by five people until recently. Now, one person staffs the counter. Is she overworked or was the counter overstaffed in the first place? You will never convince her that the answer is anything but the first - overworked. 

Talk with your employer, after collecting good data and evidence, if you find that the job is indeed more work than one person can comfortably handle. Brainstorm options that include these:

  1.          hire a new employee,
  2.          assign a part-time employee or intern to work with you,
  3.          identify tasks you can stop doing, and
  4.          determine the value-added tasks and eliminate non-critical job components. 

Take time to flowchart your work processes and see where you have waste in the process. Are you doing rework? How does extra time or steps make your work processes more difficult and time-consuming than they warrant? 

You Dislike Your Career Field and Job

Sometimes, people discover that they have chosen the wrong career or field of work. They dislike the activities and the actual content of the job. 

You may experience something similar. If you fundamentally don't like the work, consider these actions.

  1. Spend a year exploring your career options and needs.
  2. Meet with people already working in the fields you are exploring.
  3. Determine education or credentials necessary to move on.
  4. Read books by authors such as Barbara Sher and Annie Gottlieb. Wishcraft and other recent career and job search books are good choices.
  5. Visit related career websites
  6. Make a careful plan with a timeline, and move on. 

You Dislike Your Employer, Coworkers or Customers

Maybe you like your work but dislike your current employer, coworkers or customers. Explore your options to move to a different employer. 

Make sure that the unhappiness isn't inside of you, however, and that it really is due to the actions of others. (Perhaps your employer is unethical in his treatment of the customer. Maybe your coworkers are all miserable and constantly complaining about their work.) 

Look carefully for a pattern in your own actions. As an example, do you repeatedly start out at a new job and location but then quickly becoming disillusioned? If you identify a pattern, the unhappiness may all be internally generated. If the unhappiness is inside of you, only you can make you feel better and make your job - work. 

If you're looking at new life options:

  1. Start out by exploring whether you have any control over any aspect of the situation that is bothering you. If you identify areas you control, try fixing them. Perhaps sitting in the break room listening to people complain is ruining your good spirits. Stay out of there for awhile to see if your outlook improves
  2. Consider transferring to a new work area or trading customers with a coworker. 

You Can't Stand Your Boss

This is the number one reason people give for why they leave their current job or employer. When managers are nasty, abusive, and controlling, this is understandable. There are more subtle things some managers do, however, that drive staff away. 

These include failing to:

  1.          provide direction,
  2.          involve people in decisions about their work,
  3.          appreciate staff contributions, and
  4.          help develop the talents and abilities of their employees.

 If you find yourself in such a situation, try these actions.

  1. Talk to your manager about your concerns. Many people don't realize the affect their actions create. Others just don't care. See which category your boss falls in.
  2. If you are planning to leave anyway, you have not got a lot to lose. Talk with your manager's boss or your Human Resources department to see if they can remedy the situation.
  3. Transfer to a different department. Try to remove yourself from the manager's influence.

Before Quitting your Job 

A job is a tough thing to lose, even in a positive job searching economy. In the current job searching environment, you'll want to make sure that you have prepared your world and your family for the job search. 

Most of the time, this means preparing financially and mentally for a change in employment, pursuing a new job while you are still employed, and accepting only a solid job offer before giving notice and making the change.


Jose joined New Frontiers in 2000 working a variety of roles from recruitment consultant to in-house recruiter and staff trainer and now General Manager. Jose has a wealth of travel industry experience having worked in travel for 8 years prior to joining New Frontiers with roles in retail and for a tour operator.