There comes a time in every person’s career when they are at a job that is doing more harm than good. When this becomes the case, it is time to move on. But how do you know if you are done for good or just stuck in a rut? Here are some indicators that it is time to leave your job:
There is no room to grow. If your company doesn’t offer any advancement opportunities or give the ability to take on more responsibility (with increased pay), then it might be the right time to invest in a company that will invest in you.
You’ve begun to physically and mentally feel ill. If your job makes your anxiety so awful that you can’t sleep, get stomach aches, headaches, and more, then it is definitely time to go. People get sick and stressed, but this should not be an everyday occurrence. If it is, run.
Company Culture is extremely negative. If you work for a company that belittles their employees than it is time to pack you bags. This kind of company culture will never end, and you deserve to be treated with the utmost respect. Leaders who scream, gossip, and belittle are not the people you want guiding the ship.
You feel like a failure. It just seems like nothing you do is right, and as hard as you try, you just can’t win. This is NOT you. If you are putting in your best work and getting punished for it, then it’s time for you to leave. Let another company love your work for what it is.
Dread fills your mind when you think about work. No one necessarily wants to “work,” but if you are absolutely dreading the thought of another day at your job, then don’t keep wasting your days, move on. You may not like every day at work, but you shouldn’t hate every day either.
You procrastinate, or you’re bored. If you are always looking for something to do at your job, that’s a problem. You should have a steady flow of work, and be utilized for your abilities. The same goes for procrastinating, and if you hate the job so much that you continue to put it off, it’s time to find something that inspires you.
You feel overwhelmed with thoughts of money, layoffs, and more. If you continually worry about getting laid off or the fact that you don’t make enough money, then it’s past time to find a new position that lessens those worries.
You feel voiceless. If your voice isn’t being heard or you are afraid to speak up, that is not a good sign. You should feel power in your position and your ideas. If no one is listening, why continue to talk? Find somewhere that appreciates your voice.
Your gut. Most of the time, our guts are usually right. If you don’t feel that this is the place for you, no matter the reason, then it is time to move on to something else.
However you may feel, take inventory of your ideas and the respect you deserve. Find something that makes you feel like you are valued, because you deserve it.