My last day of employment was May 5th, 2011. I didn’t know what the future holds but I no longer want to be employed anymore. It’s about time for me to be 100% focus on the business I’ve been building if I want to create exponential growth in my income.

For many people, they feel lucky to have a job so the thought of quitting is absurd. The unemployment rate is high everywhere so most people are grateful to have a job. But you must know that there are some jobs that are just not worth it no matter how bad the economy is.

After being employed by a few companies, I have like an in-built radar to nudge me when it’s time to leave. Coupled with the stories I heard from my peers, I have put together signs that show you it’s time to quit. Here are ten signs you should pay attention to:

1. Your pay check cannot cover your expenses

Honestly, this should be like a warning alarm going off in your head each time you go to work. Why trade your precious time for a job  that doesn’t pay you enough to go by? Know your worth because chances are you might be underpaid. It’s time for you to look for a job that pays you what you deserve.

2. Work Stress Gets to You All the Time

If you’re stress out about work most of the time to the point that it affects your health and your social life, you’re probably not right for the job. Certain jobs are naturally more stressful than the others. You can’t change the nature of the job so if you can’t cope with it, leave it to someone else who can.

3. Never in a Day that You Get Excited About Going to Work

If you have to drag yourself out of bed every morning to go to work, that’s a problem. It shows that you’re not passionate at all about what you do. So why bother doing something that you don’t enjoy? You’re just wasting your time and your quality of life suffers.

4. There’s Nothing New to Learn

The simple fact is that if you’re not learning anything new for over a year in a job, you need to do something about it. Either talk to your boss to see what other areas that you can potentially grow into or leave. If you’re not moving forward, by default you’re moving backward.

I have a lot to say when it comes to learning. I always tell people experience is not measured by the number of years but the amount of exposure. Take for example employee A who’s doing the same job for 10 years and employee B who’s handling various projects for 2 years. Which one have more experience? The latter one of course!

The problem with most companies is that they look at number of years in service rather than the scope of jobs one has. Employee A just has one experience 10 times over while employee B has experienced handling various projects and dealing with different party in the short period of 2 years. In terms of learning and exposure, Employee B has it all.

So if your company is not investing in your professional and personal growth, you really need to do something about it. If you don’t, you’ll be stuck in the same job for over 10 years and nobody else want to hire you because you’re not growing. The worst thing is when you get retrenched. What are you going to do about it?

5. Your Boss Treats You Horribly

I’m not talking about strict bosses who raise their voice once in a while. I’m not talking about bosses who are not up to your standard in terms of work pace and intelligence. I’m not talking about bosses who don’t communicate well with you. They’re your bosses, you accept their way of doing things and complement their weaknesses. If they’re open to suggestions, then you’re lucky.

I’m talking about bosses who intentionally want to make your life hell! They take advantage of you all the time, enslaving you and even abuse you mentally, emotionally and physically. It’s time to fire your boss from hell and move on.

6. You Have Horrible Colleagues

We can’t please everybody and we definitely can’t get along with everybody. That’s fine. It’s about compromising each other when you need to work in a team. However, if you can’t get along with most of your colleagues, you need to think about how this will affect your social life considering you see them almost everyday. If you can’t stand the sight of your colleagues, it’s time to look for another company where you can feel that you belong.

But one piece of advice. If you find yourself can’t get along well with your colleagues in a different company, it’s time for you to check your attitude first before looking for another job. Chances are you’re the problem, not them. How you do one thing is how you do everything. If you don’t fix your attitude, your issues with your colleagues will never get resolved.

7. You Spend Most of Your Working Time Gossiping/ Complaining

First stop at work: the pantry. Grab a couple of colleagues who are your “friends” and start bitching about your least popular bosses or colleagues. Then second stop at your “friend’s” desk and spread a rumour or two. During lunch hours, assemble a group of like-minded people and start complaining about how unfair your management is treating you.

Been there, done that and not proud of it. It’s extremely common and yes, you should be ashamed of it. It’s acceptable to complain and let it out once in a while but it’s NOT okay to gossip and spread rumours. Most of us are guilty of doing that. We say things based on our own assumptions.

So, if you realize you get sucked into doing this most of the time to the point that you’re addicted to complaints and gossip, get yourself out of that place! You need a positive working environment. Trust me, if you sit together with your colleagues and find yourself having nothing to say other than complaining and gossiping, these are NOT your friends!

8. The Company Is Not Doing Very Well

It’s pretty hard to tell sometimes if your top management is not giving any sign. Back in 2009 when I was headhunted by Company S, I reluctantly left Company A because I enjoyed working with my boss and my colleagues. Within a couple of months, the top management of Company A has decided to shut down the operations in Malaysia because they were not doing very well. My ex-boss and colleagues were retrenched. These are a wonderful bunch of people who are really good at what they do but what did they get out of it? So don’t tell me anything about job security when it comes to employment. There’s no such thing!

Anyway, just be alert when we’re in recession and you can see that sales are down. It’s time for you to update your resume and start looking for another job or start a part-time small business that can sustain you in case you’re out of job.

9. You’re Stuck in the Same Position/ Haven’t Gotten Any Raise for 2 Years or More

Before you even sign a contract, you need to get the company to make it clear to you your career path. If not, you’ll ended up working in a company for 10 years stuck in the same position. Don’t be surprise. It happens and I’ve seen it so many times. If you’re adding values to the company, you should get rewarded for it. If you haven’t gotten any raise for a little over two years, you should ask for it. If they don’t give you what you deserve, give them the letter and pack your bags.

10. Your Only Activity at Work is Web Surfing

If the one thing that get you excited at work is Facebook and you get so addicted to it, your productivity suffers, then it’s time to leave. It’s a total waste of your time because you can very well do something else that can earn you income. Besides, it’s not right to waste the company’s money even though they don’t do anything about it.

Actually, I’m not usually too concern on the company but it’s our own growth that I’m worried about. If you’re surfing the web from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. everyday, you might as well find something worthwhile to do. You should be able to find something you’re more passionate about and it gives you more responsibility towards what you do.

Usually I leave my company when I experience 2 or more of the above. Eventually I realized that the ideal way to make myself a happy employee is to make my job ideal to me. That’s when I decided the best boss in the world for me is myself. Instead of moving from one job to another, I’m creating job opportunities for others and they can feel free to customized their ways of working.

The above signs are what my peers and I have experienced. There may be other signs that you want to look out for. You can share with us at the comment section if you have any that are not listed.