So you’ve found yourself at a company where your boss does half the work and takes 100% of the credit… or, you’ve been recognized as one of the “best members of the team”, which is exactly why they can’t let you take your 2 week vacation. Whatever it may be, I think we’ve all found ourselves in a toxic work environment before (and if you haven’t yet, then you probably will some day). When is it time to say “enough is enough” and put in your notice? Ideally, it would be best to interview for and lock down a job before saying adiós to your current one, but depending on your circumstances you might have more flexible options.
Some jobs take so much out of you that you can’t even muster up the energy to be looking elsewhere. If you’re able to keep your expenses low enough, you might be able to save up enough money to buy yourself some time off of work (or, if you’re married, live on one partner’s income for a time until you can find your direction again). You could work a few emotionally undemanding side-hustles. You could consider pursuing your own business as a creator. Whatever it may be. If millennials are learning anything, it’s that having a 9-5 is not the be-all-end-all, and you’ll never know if you don’t try.
If you’re walking this path right now, just know that you aren’t alone. One third of millennials plan to quit their jobs after the pandemic (Forbes).
It’s undeniable that this pandemic forever changed the workplace. Now that people have spent over a year working from the comfort of their own home, spending more time with their families, less time in rush hour traffic, and have wasted less of their workday with office chit-chat… it’s no wonder they’re leaving jobs that are requesting a return to the old “normal” and finding more accommodating work conditions elsewhere (Source).