12 Signs it is REALLY Time to Leave Your Job
If you're not thrilled with your present job, you're not
alone. In fact, you're in the majority. A survey in Quality
Digest magazine of 5,000 U.S. households found that fewer
than half of all Americans are satisfied with their jobs.
"The level of job satisfaction has been steadily on
the decline since reaching nearly 59 percent in 1995,"
says Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board's Consumer
Research Center. "As technology transforms the workplace--accelerating
the pace of activities, increasing expectations and productivity
demands, and blurring the lines between work and play--workers
are steadily growing more unhappy with their jobs."
Juggling work, family and finances is a challenge we
all face ... but when is enough, enough?
So how do you know when your level of unhappiness has reached
the point of no return and you're better of leaving your job
than sticking it out? While there's no tried-and-true formula
to know for sure, if you notice any of the 12 signs below,
it could be a very good indication that it's time to leave
You're getting sick. Stress-related illness like
migraines, insomnia, depression, anxiety or frequent infections
or other illnesses are all signs that your job worries
are taking a toll on your physical health. If your health
is suffering physically, mentally or both, your job may
not be worth it.
Your values aren't met. Maybe your company provides
products you don't believe in or exaggerates their quality
to customers. Or, your company's vision is out of sync
with your own. Whatever the reason, if your ethics are
being violated at work you'll have a hard time feeling
fulfilled with your career.
You're not challenged. You'd like the chance
to use your public relations/management/sales or (you
fill in the blank) skills, but you're stuck doing busy
work all day. A job that is not challenging you and allowing
you to use the skills you've developed may be a hindrance
in the long-term.
If you feel you're being marginalized by your boss,
it may be time to look for other work options.
No room for advancement. If your company's workforce
is stagnant, it means that your career won't be able to
advance. An environment that offers no room for you to
move up or take on more responsibility, no promotions
and no rewards is not a good place to be in for long.
You feel belittled. Your manager is condescending
and no one asks you your opinion. You don't get to sit
in on important meetings and you feel your work doesn't
make much of a difference. If this sounds like your job,
it may be time to consider other options.
Your friends notice something's wrong. If the
people close to you start noticing that you're "not
the same person you used to be" or are often concerned
that something is bothering you, it's a major sign that
your work is making you unhappy--to the point that your
mood and health are suffering (see #1 above).
The company is in trouble. It's important to
work in a stable, reputable environment. A company that
is constantly reorganizing, downsizing or changing leadership
may not be a good long-term choice. The same goes for
a company that provides no rules and procedures to protect
employees (or provides them but they're not followed).
When you're so unhappy with your work that your health
starts to suffer, it's probably time to find a new
Your relationship with your boss/coworkers has been
damaged beyond repair. Many disagreements can be resolved,
but if, for whatever reason, your relationship with your
boss and/or coworkers has been irreparably damaged, it
may be time to bail.
You dread going to work every day. This is a
sign that your job is not meeting your needs--financially,
ethically or motivationally--and life's too short to spend
it being miserable.
Family circumstances. A change in your personal
life (marriage, having children, etc.) may make it necessary
to find a new job because of location, finances or a need
to spend more time at home.
It's an emotionally abusive environment. A
work environment that's violent, is led by abusive management,
and offers no route to solve grievances is an emotionally
abusive one. This type of atmosphere could lead to
physical and mental suffering on your end.
A better opportunity comes along. There may come
a point in your career when a new opportunity presents
itself. At this point, make a list weighing the pros and
cons of each position, and if the new job comes out on
top, don't be afraid to make the switch.
You've Decided to Quit ... Now What?
If you think quitting your job is the right decision, going
through this checklist (before making any real decisions)
is a good idea:
Discuss your thoughts about quitting with your spouse
and family (it will affect them too.)
Think about all your options. Can your current job situation
be improved by talking to a manager? If not, have you
researched other career options or companies that you'd
like to explore?
Figure out if you can afford to quit financially. If
not, try to line up a new job (even a temporary one) before
you leave, or, at the very least, start sending your resume
out to potential employers.
If necessary, reduce your living expenses to save money
before (and after) you quit.
Whatever decision you make, try to stay positive about
it. It will make it easier to find a new job or improve
the one you're already in.
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