Often, the hardest part about quitting your job is figuring out if and when you should go. Having been through this many times, I’ve picked out some of the fail-safe warning signs. Enjoy.
10) The best part of your day is listening to the radio on your morning commute. You’re actually disappointed when you arrive in the parking lot and have to turn off your car.
9) You break into a cold sweat when you suddenly realize how trivial everything really is, and yet how insane your co-workers get over things anyways. Then, you start excessively slipping in the phrase “the big picture” a lot. After a while, you actually pity them.
8) When you ask hard-working people at the lower rungs of the company how they’re doing, they inevitably say “Well, I’m still here.”
7) You start checking out the guys/girls at the company that are 20 years older than you. You found these people entirely repulsive before, but boredom and the fact that you’ve exhausted all other prospects leaves you on this unfortunate island.
6) You’re always having to ask people to copy you on emails. Listen, people absolutely love adding as many people to the cc: list as possible—more people get to see how wonderful they are that way. If even despite that, you have to consistently ask—it means you’re just not viewed as important. Sorry.
5) All of management’s pep talks are vacuous, in the future tense and accompanied by a preposterous Safe Harbor-esque statement. You know what I’m talking about: “Next quarter we will have great sales, of course, so long as electricity isn’t disrupted in the Western United States and most of our customers don’t come down with bird flu.”
4) You start looking forward to meetings, because it’s an hour long opportunity to shoot knowing looks to that one other really disgruntled employee and laugh on the inside. And you literally stare laser beams at this person until you finally catch eyes, getting insanely frustrated when they don’t look your direction for a few minutes.
3) You cautiously start using idiotic work clichés at every opportunity, like “let’s have a come to Jesus meeting,” or, “Let’s peel back the onion,” assuming someone is finally going to call you on your ridiculousness. But no one ever does, and instead they start using your clichés in their next presentation. See our list of the Top 15 Worst Work Cliches
2) When people give you assignments, you have to consciously hold yourself back from blurting out, “You know, I just don’t care, because I won’t be here when this is due.”And the #1 Sign It's Time to Quit Your Job...
1) Taking a bathroom break is excessively satisfying. You think to yourself, “I just got paid for relieving myself,” and that carries much more satisfaction than it really ever should.
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