An HR Professional of 10 Years Shares the #1 Sign It's Time to Quit Your Job

Updated 07/11/17
Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

Experiencing the Sunday night blues is one thing, but despising every single Monday morning because you just can't fathom clocking into work for one more day? That's a different story. While we've all endured the occasional rough day or misunderstanding with a co-worker, it can be difficult to determine when things are actually bad enough to warrant a job switch.

According to longtime human resources professional Toni Thompson, there is one pretty substantial—and very valid—reason to call it quits. The head of talent and HR at The Muse, a career advice and job search site, sat down for a Facebook Live chat with Business Insider and revealed that it may be time to hand in that resignation letter when your work performance is declining drastically as a result of your lack of enthusiasm in your professional post. "You start doing bad work because you are so angry about your situation or frustrated," she explains.

"At that point, it's probably best to just move on without a job so that they actually have a good memory of you."

Though the uncertainty of having zero backup plan can be daunting, Thompson notes that it's not worth lingering around the office in hopes that you magically find motivation. Sure, you may have been completely capable and entirely enthusiastic when you first nabbed your position, but becoming a bad employee could lead you to depart on a decidedly more sour note. (Ahem, getting fired.)

If you're still in love with your company and feel a department switch-up or promotion could entice you to stay put, Thompson says a heart-to-heart with your manager might be a good move. Opening up the conversation with your boss may lead to a pay raise or new post—one that'll really put your talents to better use and ultimately advance your career, she says.

For more telltale signs of when it's time to quit, watch Thompson's full interview at Business Insider and share your job-switching experience below.

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