7 Toxic Signs It’s Time To Quit Your Job And Look For A Better One


Have you ever lost your passion, creativity, and excitement to go to work? For instance, is getting out of bed each Monday morning is like a big nightmare to you?

Is your career not self-fulfilling at all as your colleagues and manager have not been very supportive of your suggestion and project proposal? In other words, what would be your best option when you’re no longer happy with your work?

When an employee’s job satisfaction is at stake, always remember to re-evaluate these seven toxic signs as your guide should you make up your mind to find a better job opportunity.

1. When you are extremely bored and no longer happy

Every employee deserves to be happy because we spend most of our time at work. Your job is a reflection of your identity and an extension of who you are. Therefore, your work must be something that makes you happy and grow professionally.

However, career burnout really happens in the workplace. It is a common feeling where you experienced difficulty concentrating and losing the interest to comply with tasks and other job routines.

If the work is too easy, doesn’t interest you, or presents no opportunity for new growth or learning even after working for a long time, it might be time to consider moving to an organization that will give you sufficiently challenging work.

2. When your physical health is at stake

Stress and pressure related to deadlines, projects, and evaluations are all normal parts of becoming a productive employee. However, if your health suffers and making you physically ill, this might be a sign you need to change your work environment.

Chronic stress and too much job pressure has a negative health impact and drain your energy. Developing chronic back problems, headaches, stomach pains or sleep issues may all signal a problem job.

While keeping a job is important to pay your monthly bills, there is no point in staying in your work where you couldn’t sleep anymore and your health suffers.

3. When there is a culture of threatening and biases

Nothing is more important in every employee than being valued and feel respected. Any culture of threatening is a form of mental abuse and will kill productivity, creativity, and eventually decreased job satisfaction.

When you are being threatened, you start feeling insecure and efficiency suffers. Some signs of threatening in the workplace is related to suspension, unreasonable warning, demotion, and not giving an opportunity to hear your side during a meeting.

Mutual respect is gain by becoming professional and ethical, not by seeking respect due to entitlement associated with a position.

4. When there is a lack of opportunity to use your skills and talent

Working is not just about getting a paycheck. It’s about how you have been given an opportunity to reach your full potential. Becoming stagnated in a position due to lack of training and mentoring can decrease your motivation and commitment.

The absence of opportunity to hone your skills and talent can lower your meaningful work experience. Also, it can lead to decreasing self-esteem and employee engagement.

There is no point in retaining top talent when you lost your passion and energy to contribute something to an organization.

5. When you’re being drowned with too much negative environment

Some examples of a toxic environment in the workplace are gossiping, backbiting, unprofessionalism, crab mentality, and too much politics.

If a role isn’t helping us to personally develop or advance our careers, it is likely time to look for a new job opportunity. Superficial or not having a genuine interaction with your colleagues and boss can contribute to add more toxic energy to your job routine.

If there’s no sign of your career moving forward, no new responsibilities, no new skills to learn, and no raise coming your way, why bother staying? Sticking around in misery isn’t going to do any good for anyone – especially yourself.

6. When your supervisor and manager doesn’t support your career plans

Every employee feels unhappy when you’re no longer valued and there is no opportunity to grow. Leaders who tend to micromanage his subordinate lost their sense of autonomy to be more creative and productive.

For instance, you make a proposal and give suggestions but your manager is not willing to listen to your agenda because he sees this initiative as a threat in his position.

In addition, the absence of clear dialogue is a sign your supervisor is not supporting you, and therefore there is no room for professional development.

7. When there is no regular feedback and recognition 

Hard work must be consistently recognized and appreciated so an employee will have the reason to be motivated. Feedback and recognition are signs of a positive work environment.

But despite long hours, great ideas, and the willingness to do whatever it takes to advance the company, you’re still not feeling it from your immediate supervisor.

The absence of trust and respect between the employee and the company will ruin to have access to good communication. Your goal is to create a solid career plan that will give you a sense of direction.

Final thoughts

There’s no reason to stay on a sinking ship after you have done your part in your organization. When you don’t see a path to grow, look for greener pasture where you can hone your skills and talent. Remember, your job is an extension of your personality and identity as an individual.

Remember, there is no perfect organization as there is no perfect employee. Never blame and rely on senior leadership to fix things but be more proactive on how to improve yourself and stay motivated.

You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you. —Psalm 128:2

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Jun Amparo

Jun Amparo

JUN AMPARO is the author of two inspirational books about personal finance and marriage.  He is nominated as Huwarang OFW 2019 organized by The 700 Club Asia and is pursuing his doctoral study in education. Presently, he is working as a university counselor and lecturer at Asia-Pacific International University in Thailand.