When’s the right time to quit a job if it leaves you feeling hopeless, exhausted, or like you’re wasting your time? How do you separate a day-to-day struggle from a larger problem? According to Chris Coleman, there are three clear stages for when it’s a good time to quit. Coleman tells us not only the stages, but also provides questions to ask yourself to see which stage you’re in, over on the CreativeMornings blog:

The turnover rate in creative jobs is much higher than the national average. A lot of this has to do with the “I want it now” mentality. “I deserve it.” “All my friends work at Google.” The moral of the story? Don’t leave until you have done the job. Ask yourself:

[Ask yourself the] question: Is there anyone here who will tell me the truth when I ask for feedback?

  • Most bosses hate to give feedback. If you want to know how you’re doing, ask.
  • Don’t settle for mamby-pamby answers. You’re looking for specificity and a neutral, open conversation.
  • If there’s no one who will tell you the truth, go.

Knowing when it’s time to go and when it’s time to suck it up (because you likely still have a lot left to learn) can be hard. Coleman’s three stages — from competence to judgement and finally to influence — provide us with some nice stepping stones. Best of all: her numerous example questions can help you identify which stage you’re at (and whether you really should call it quits).

Get all of the stages and valuable questions to ask yourself on the CreativeMornings blog.

  • Chandan

    Sorry, I don’t agree with you here. I believe you should quit :
    1. If your boss doesn’t appreciate your work
    2. If u are not given regular increments. Only saying “good job” doesn’t help in life.
    3. All your colleagues are not happy. In a happy environment, you perform better.

    And since I am an agency owner, it’s my duty to make sure I know who is happy and who’s not. And making sure that there is a good chemistry between all employees.


    • http://www.creativesomething.net/ tannerc

      Your points are quite aligned with the ones Coleman makes in her presentation, I think. It just seems that Coleman is starting her perspective in a more opportunistic way.

      For example: what does it mean to have a boss that “doesn’t appreciate your work?” That message could come in an array of different ways, and if you aren’t evaluating the message properly the problem may not be your boss…but your work. In which case you’re better off not quitting, but learning from the experience.

      Thanks for reading and sharing your opinion Chandan!

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