Is it a good idea to quit a job in an ongoing economic crisis? I feel depressed in my present job due to my manager.
First of all, try not to feel depressed in any sense. I found a quote for your situation by Elizabeth Bourgeret: “Depression is focusing on yourself; on your troubles and what is not right. You can’t be depressed if you are focusing on others. It’s impossible.”
With that said, no, it’s not necessarily a bad choice to quit a job that doesn’t make you happy and that doesn’t offer a healthy environment. You shouldn’t let a difficult economic situation pressure you into not looking for better options, because there almost always is a better option.
I don’t know the full circumstances of what your manager does or says, so excuse me if anything is not appropriate. But based on my impression, I would further suggest you to not to take the manager’s words on yourself. He can be under the same circumstances from his up lines. If that’s not the case, he may be suffering just as much, if not more, due to the present economic situation. Sometimes, communication solves the problem. Have a word with him when you feel he is in a normal headspace. Outside of that, concentrate on your job. Do your part well. If he continues to be the same, then plan a systematic escape.
The rest of the answer will ease your doubt and let you think about quitting your job in a better way.
Coming back to the first part of your question, in an ongoing economic crisis, it would be better you stick to what you have right now. But if you have a better or equivalent option, go for it. It would depend upon your critical understanding of your field of employment, whether it seems to be viable or not. It may be hard to accept, but at present, the ongoing economic situation might worsen.
An honest suggestion would be to prepare a backup job. The backup should be something that might let you earn a livelihood while you work from home. The present pandemic situation has changed the stereotypes of an office job.
If you’re thinking “What if I don’t do anything to go back to the workforce? What if instead, I try to get something better? What if I try this making money online stuff I’ve heard about?“, then you must give a quick read to my post “I’m Ready to Quit My Job YESTERDAY, How Do I Do It?” as that might give you a breakthrough.
I would suggest you:
1) Have a positive outlook and overcome depression.
2) Start working on something new as an alternative for now and switch to it once you feel you are comfortable with it.