From Burnout to Breakthrough: 10 Warning Signs That It’s Time to Quit Your Job

How to Tell When It’s Time for a Change

Rose Bak
3 min readMay 1


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It happens to all of us at one time or another…the sense that maybe, possibly, it’s time to look for a new job.

It may be a feeling of dread when you get out of bed in the morning on work days. The desire to hide out in the handicapped bathroom stall for a few hours. The curiosity about whether the grass is greener somewhere else.

Jobs, like life, are cyclical. There are up periods and down periods. If you’re feeling less than enthusiastic about your current job, it’s a good time to assess whether this is just a “down” time for you or if it’s in your best interest to make a change.

Here are some signs that it may be time to move on:

  1. You’re stuck where you are: If you’ve been doing the same job for years and there’s no room for growth or advancement, it may be time to move on. It’s good to feel a sense of interest in your job, whether it’s challenging or not. If you’re bored and have no hope of doing something else, it might be time to look around.
  2. Your job doesn’t align with your values: If your job conflicts with your personal values, it can cause stress and dissatisfaction. If the job you do or your company culture is more conservative or liberal than you, you might think about whether you can accept the disconnect. If you can live with the issues where the work doesn’t align with your own beliefs, you’ve got some time. But if it makes you feel yucky, might be time to boogie.
  3. You don’t get along with your coworkers or boss: A toxic work environment can have a negative impact on your mental health and overall well-being. If you dread going to work because of difficult coworkers or a toxic boss and there’s no way to transfer to a different team, that’s a sign to start looking for something new.
  4. You’re constantly stressed or burned out: Every job has its own level of stress, but if your job…



Rose Bak

Rose Bak is a freelance writer and yoga teacher who lives in Oregon. Find her at or follow @authorrosebak on social media.