Are you ready to quit your job? You're not alone. Employers both large and small, all over the country, are feeling the effects of the so-called "Great Resignation," which first started becoming a thing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Certainly, too, we've all seen the Tweets and the Instagram posts about the managers from hell, greedy bosses, and intolerable employees. 

But what some employers are calling the "Great Resignation," other industry professionals are calling "The Great Reckoning."

“In many organizations, front-line and lower-level employees have been underinvested in and not considered a priority,” said Melissa Swift, Mercer US transformation leader, to Staffing Industry Analysts. "Wages have historically stagnated behind inflation as employers competed to hire these workers at the lowest possible cost. But the pandemic has shown that this same group of workers not only kept business afloat but were critical in keeping our nation running.”

Regardless of what you'd like to call it, employees are quitting in record numbers. And while Keenya Kelly recommends that you consider all your options before you call it quits, these 8 signs should be absolute dealbreakers when it comes time to walk off the job.  

1. You're overworked and underpaid.

Go where you're valued, not where you're tolerated. If you're working long hours for pennies on the dollar, and your hard work isn't appreciated by your superiors, it's time to reconsider where you're working.

2. You've peaked.

Some employees are happy staying in the same position for the foreseeable future. But if you're the upwardly mobile type, and you've gone as high up in the company as you can possibly go, then you need to consider moving to a company where there's more room to grow.

3. You wouldn't recommend a job at your company to a friend of yours.

Think about the company you work for. Factor in the good, the bad, and the ugly. Would you recommend a close friend of yours to work for your company at any level? If the answer to this question is "no," the follow-up question remains: what are you still doing there?

4. Your work-life balance is non-existent.

If there's one thing that the pandemic taught us all, it's that a work-life balance isn't just important — it's downright essential. It's one thing to work overtime once in a while, but if you're constantly working overtime to the point that your personal life is non-existent, it's time to consider a job with a company that allows for a better work-life balance.

5. The company's future is in question.

This is especially true if you're working in a start-up or an otherwise failing business. While many companies — especially today — experience crests and waves, if a company is consistently underperforming or faces constant threats of closure, it's better to move on before you get blindsided.

6. You're not following your passions.

This is more of a "higher-order" reason than it is anything else. "Following your passion" certainly qualifies as a "First World" problem, as there are plenty of countries where people are required to work at whatever job will take them. However, if you find that this factor combined with other factors makes your work life intolerable, it's time to reconsider your career.

7. You don't fit into the "company culture."

It's easier to avoid "company culture" when the workforce is remote. However, if you're an in-office employee and you notice that you're constantly being excluded from your company's social gatherings — or, worse yet, you feel actively uncomfortable in the presence of your employer & co-workers for whatever reason — it's time to beat feet.

8. The company compromises your ethics — or asks you to break the law.

This should be a no-brainer, but you'd be amazed how many people don't follow this hard-and-fast rule until it's far too late. If the company is asking you to do something that compromises your personal ethics — or, worse yet, the company is asking you to outright break the law — leave immediately. Don't give your two-week notice — get out.