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Self-Test: Should You Quit Your Job?

Self-Test: Should I quit my job?

There are good and bad days in every job. It's just part of working life. It always becomes problematic when the second condition becomes chronic. When you wake up in the morning and hope that the week will soon pass; if you would prefer to quit the job, if frustration prevails instead of lust and the desire to change careers and grows. In fact, you are not alone. Surveys show that you are among the 52 percent of employees who are currently dissatisfied with their job and the conditions there. Nevertheless, such a decision should never be rushed: As with the days, there are good and bad reasons to quit the job.


Good reasons, bad reasons to quit the job


To terminate the employment contract - it is basically straightforward. Such a letter of termination for employees is quickly formulated, signed, and submitted. But the consequences can be more far-reaching than some spontaneous moods.


Therefore, we have put together a compact overview with pros and cons arguments. Of course, they cannot replace a thorough (self-) analysis, but they provide the first vital clues:


Good reasons to quit your job




Some jobs make you sick: the boss is poisoning the atmosphere, the colleagues are bullying. No one can and should endure such a thing in the long run. Money may be necessary but health is more important.




What is meant less is the supposed phenomenon of burnout. You can do something about it. But if the job offers no challenges and you can no longer learn or achieve anything, it is time to change careers internally or externally.




In every respect, there are no career prospects or financial ones. And the company doesn't develop any further. Well, you have a job. But how long? And where's the incentive and fun?




Admittedly, no job is safe today. Markets and industries are changing too quickly. But if you live in constant fear of your professional existence or future, this is only exhausting and makes you sick in the long run.




You struggle every day and don't even hear a thank you. Disregard would be such a reason for termination. But if that then coincides with nepotism, the measure is full.


Wrong reasons to quit the job




We all have a bad day at work. Sometimes the displeasure lasts for a few days. But that's no reason to throw the shotgun in the grain. Frustration days also exist in other jobs and companies. The overall picture over the course of the year is crucial.




Okay, the boss was not at all satisfied with your performance and folded it properly. Not the best way, for sure. But more of a reason for self-reflection, where you can improve. Only when the criticism becomes baseless and chronic does it speak for a change.




A severe one. You really screwed it up, which is expensive for the company. The shame is great, and you may be fired for it. However, the attitude of IBM founder Tom Watson would be wiser: “The company has just invested several hundred thousand euros in your training. Why should someone else get this experience for free? ”So take responsibility and learn from it.




They say employees come for jobs and go for bosses. That is true in some part. Because honestly, very few bosses are perfect, as we are. Managers can also be managed, only more subtly.



Self-test: Should you quit your job?


We have created a self-test to help you find the answer to the question, “Should I quit my job?”. The self-test consists of 12 questions. A different score is given for the answers. Please add them together. In the end, you will be evaluated based on your score.


And let's go...

1. How well do you get on with your colleagues?


  • They're all idiots. We work together, but otherwise, we don't see each other often. That is a good thing. (3 P.)


  • I basically like my colleagues. We sometimes go for lunch together. Only this one colleague from the accounting department sometimes gets on my nerves. (2 P.)


  • We all get along really well. After work, we go for a drink every now and then, and colleagues send postcards from vacation to the office. (1 P.)

2. How are your colleagues treating you?


  • If something goes wrong, I get one on the lid. I no longer dare to say anything in meetings because my ideas are generally not well received. (3 P.)


  • The other colleagues regularly ask me for advice and trust my judgment. (1 P.)


  • I try to get involved, but I have the feeling that my suggestions are being laughed at. (2 P.)

3. What is your relationship with the boss like?


  • He entrusts me with demanding tasks and involves me in making decisions. Only at the moment, he is not completely satisfied with my work. (1 P.)


  • I have the feeling that my work is only criticized and that no matter what I do, I cannot please him. (3 P.)


  • I have the feeling that my boss is not really aware of me. My colleagues are entrusted with demanding tasks. (2 P.)

4. What do you think of your boss?


  • We don't always agree, but I appreciate his commitment to the company. (2 P.)


  • The guy is deeply unappealing to me. He behaves as if he were the king, and we as his subjects. No trace of competence. (3 P.)


  • My boss is my mentor and a real leader. I learned a lot from him. But sometimes I feel slowed down by him. (1 P.)

5. Would you speak to your boss if there are problems?


  • For God's sake. Only in extreme emergencies, if there is no other way. My boss tends to freak out on the slightest mistake. (3 P.)


  • It would be uncomfortable for me, but I can usually explain the situation to him, and we look for a solution together. (2 P.)



  • My boss thinks mistakes happen to everyone. The main thing is that I stand by it and try to do it better next time.  (1 P.)

6. Do you feel that your work is valued?


  • I do not know. Most of the time, I don't get any feedback at all. (2 P.)


  • I guess so. None of my colleagues have complained, and my boss has already praised me for my performance. Only recently has the praise decreased. (1 P.)


  • I try hard, but nobody seems to notice. (3 P.)

7. How much free time do you have?


  • My job allows me to organize my working hours so that I have time to do sports after work or to meet friends and acquaintances. However, I have been working overtime lately. (1 P.)


  • You could say I live in the office. Overtime is common. I left the handball club because the weekly training was simply no longer feasible. (3 P.)


  • I work a lot, but nobody would say anything if I take the afternoon off for special occasions. (2 P.)

8. How fast do your working days go?


  • Sometimes faster and sometimes slower. It all depends on the tasks, but I'm never really bored. (2 P.)


  • In an instant. Before I know it, the working day is over. (1 P.)


  • The working days are incredibly long. I keep an eye on the clock and wait for my working hours to be over. (3 P.)

9. How do you feel when you get home?


  • Done, but proud of what I've done. But lately, it has become very stressful. (1 P.)


  • I am exhausted and tired. I feel like I'm sinking into work. (3 P.)


  • Often annoyed because there was still work left, and customers once again had special requests. (2 P.)

10. How much do you enjoy the assigned tasks?


  • The tasks are not the least demanding. I regularly wonder why I studied. (3 P.)


  • It is in balance. I am given tasks that are demanding as well as simple tasks. But everyone in the team does that. (2 P.)


  • I have the feeling that I can do something useful and that I can bring in my strengths. (1 P.)

11. Do you see opportunities to develop further?


  • I had already spoken to my boss about a promotion, but he thinks I'm not ready yet. (2 P.)


  • I wish the offer was more substantial, but every employee is allowed to attend a training course of their choice once a year. (1 P.)


  • I tried to get a promotion, but my boss didn't want to recommend me for this position. (3 P.)

12. Have you already looked for other jobs?


  • When I talk about work, my friends advise me to do it urgently. But I couldn't pull myself together. (3 P.)


  • I sometimes dream of another job, but I haven't looked around yet. (1 P.)


  • Sometimes I'm just about to throw it all out, but when I listen to other people's stories, I'm fine. (2 P.)

Evaluation for self-test


And how many points did you get?


11-18 points: Here, you will find your resolution.
19-26 points:
Here, you will find your resolution.
27-33 points:
Here, you will find your resolution.

Alternatively, you can, of course, also consider whether switching to self-employment, but if it is not an option before of giving notice., please feel free to leave you resume/cv with us so that we can find a new job for you. We wish you every success!