So you're ready to quit, now what?

According to a survey conducted by Glassdoor, January is the most common month for job changes. This isn’t surprising given the whole “new year, new me” mantra.

If you are thinking about resigning, first of all, congratulations. While it can be nerve-racking and sweat-inducing, sometimes it’s for the best. Trust your gut and prepare accordingly.

Delivering your resignation is a big deal. It’s important to analyze why you want to quit and determine if it is the best course of action for you at this time. Here are five questions to guide your decision-making process.

  1. When you wake up for work, what is your primary emotion? If you dread your responsibilities, fear interacting with your boss, or hope your colleagues are out of the office, it may be time to consider a new job with a different company. However, if you feel stressed and over-worked, adjusting your responsibilities and discussing matters with your supervisor may be a simple solution to your problems.

  2. Do you believe your physical health is impacted by your work? If you’re compromising your physical health for your professional responsibilities, get out. Seriously. You should never be forced to sacrifice your health. That being said, it also may be a matter of priorities. Do you watch 6 hours of netflix every night? Be realistic as your reflect. Is it you, or is it your job? This is important to understand. If you leave your job because of something that is actually a personal problem, the problem will follow you.

  3. Do you agree with the company’s mission and values? If you disagree with the core of what your employer does, it will be incredibly difficult to dedicate your time and energy to the cause. If the organization’s actions, morals, or ethics disagree with your personal morals and ethics, it’s probably time to hitch a ride out of there. On the other hand, perhaps the company culture is changing and your inflexibility is uncalled for. Try to objectively consider if the change could be a good thing.

  4. Do you feel valued in your current position? If you’re quick to say, “Absolutely not.”, I’m sorry. Being unappreciated is the worst. Have you discussed this with your colleagues and boss? What would make you feel valued? Different professionals prefer different forms of recognition. Perhaps your boss believes responding, “Thanks!”, via email is enough, while you would prefer to be commended publicly. Having said that, there are truly terrible bosses and you might have one. You need to determine this for yourself.

  5. Do you feel underpaid? While money isn’t everything, it is definitely something. It communicates value and influences your lifestyle. If you feel underpaid, start by researching salaries for similar positions. If your salary aligns with the average, you may require an industry change or promotion. If it is well below average, it may be relatively easy to obtain a similar position at a higher salary. This may influence your decision to quit. Take time to do a little research.

If you’re hopping on the January resignation train, take these questions into consideration. Determine what’s best for your professional journey. No one else can make this decision for you. But whatever you choose, good luck.

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