A Google Cloud Exec's Top Two Reasons To Quit Your Job

Whether you're an employee at a large organisation or a self-employed freelancer, we all encounter difficulties during our professional careers. Some of hurdles we face make us question whether we should continue down the path we're on. So how do you decide when it's time to quit? A Google executive said there are two good reasons for throwing in the towel. Read on to find out more.

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Trials and tribulations are normal in the workplace in every industry. Even with the most meticulous planning, things will go wrong. Setbacks will occur that makes you evaluate whether you should quit or keep going.

Google head of cloud computing Diana Greene has had an illustrious career in the technology sector and is best known as the co-founder and first CEO of VMware. Speaking with Business Insider, she talks about two good reasons to call it quits at work:

  1. If you've lost interest in the work, the plan, the goal or the vision  "If your mind doesn't want to think about it, it's not a good use of your time," Greene said.  

  2. If there's somebody in a position of power becomes an insurmountable roadblock  If that person is stopping you from doing what is possible, such as if they insist on using a tactic that you think is wrong and they're stubborn about it, then it's probably time to leg it.

Parting is such sweet sorrow and you may be working in a company that you love. But sometimes it is worth leaving what you love when faced with inescapable difficulty so you can pursue another adventure, according to Greene.

[Via Business Insider Australia]



    I stuck around far too long dealing with it. It damaged my future career prospects, leaving a few years wasted with no progress or development. I wasn't experienced or maybe aggressive, ambitious, or forward thinking enough at the time to take my future into my own hands, to my own detriment.

    Depending on the situation, it can also adversely affect your psychology; put you in a negative frame of mind, which can be infectious.

    Read the warning signs early, and take the appropriate action. It's your future.

      Couldn't agree more with this.

      Roadblocks are always going to pop up no matter the career you’re in. If trying to go around it and you run out of fuel in the process, then yes it’s time to move on.

      I’m facing one such conundrum at the moment with a new manager changing the role I was hired to do into something completely unrelated, effectively stunting my career path/progression (I only moved to this firm because progression was offered at the time, it's now seen as a dirty word if i mention it)….yes the light for the fuel tank is on.

        Mate, been in a similar situation; I am lucky because my role is relatively rare and my title was included in the letter of offer. The person in question tried forcing me to work in a different (and less lucrative) role. I went straight to the HR manager and described the situation. Whilst there's always a "and other duties as directed" clause, that does not mean a complete change of role or job description. They need to either get an agreement from you, or make you redundant if they are changing your role.

        Get legal advice.

          Would do the same thing as in part it was the HR department that sourced me...management then made them all redundant 3 months later, more than a year later still no HR to speak too.

            looks like an opening for a civil suit.

      I've realised my predicament for years to this. I was honest to my bosses and stated that i wasn't happy and felt i was being wasted and my career was stalled. I have been actively looking for work for two years and can't even get to an interview and i am very aware of my negative outlook and now very defeatist attitude. It is a vicious cycle that I can't break at the moment and I'm deeply afraid of falling into depression from it all.

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