Important things to consider before you quit your job
There are two situation when you want to leave your current job: you got a good offer from another company or you just can't stand it any more. While in the first situation is not so hard to weight cons and pros, the second situation is much more dangerous and requires some thinking before taking any action.
The first thing you should know that "OK, that's enough" is not something that appeared in your head just like that, it has much deeper roots. That means you are deeply frustrated with your current position and you can's see a way out so your natural reaction is to quit. But before you do that, ask yourself a few questions.
First, what about your situation is frustrating you? It may be your relationship with other managers or the board, the situation your company is in, relations with employees or you are just not satisfied with your job any more.
If you are not in a good relations with management, see why. Those relations are always complex and you should evaluate is there a way to sort things out and bring them back on the right track. Try to step away from yourself and look at the situation from other people's shoes. Try to figure out when your problems started, what caused them and what should be done to solve them.
Let us see what the most common problems are.
You are overworked. If this is the case, you either need a) a rest or b) more resources and people to delegate your work to. If you experience burnout, it is time to analyze your way of work and see can you do things differently, with less stress, yet equally productive.
The working environment is bad. Here we have the whole working environment in mind, from working conditions to resources to relations with other people. The first thing to do in this situation is to find a way how to make it better. Maybe there is way to find more resources, hire more employees, switch resources from one department to another, and to solve things with the board with a simple talk.
You feel your creativity suffer. If you can't contribute as much as you would like to, it is time for serious conversation with a) yourself and b) the board. First you must be sure that you really have good ideas that would contribute to your company, moving it ahead of the competition. Then you have to have a little chat with your board and see can you get freedom to experiment and put your ideas into practice.
When you go through all this, is it time to ask yourself what do you want from your carrer. Do you want the same job in a different environment, a higher position, or maybe a totally new job.
If you want to stay in your field, and all other options are exhausted, then you go out there and spread the word that you are searching for something new.
If you want to change your careers in a more drastic way, first ask yourself do you have skills and experience to do that, or you have to learn first. Your new job may need a different set of skills and different basic knowledge.
There are two things to remember: your frustration didn't come just like that, and conversation can solve almost every problem. If you are sure you tried everything you could, if you are positive about that, then it's time to quit that job. ■