It’s always hard to leave your current job. You feel settled, you have mastered a routine, and the salary might even be alright. However, you might not actually be happy in your job without even knowing it! You might already know it but not sure if it’s the right time to move or you could be making any excuses to convince yourself to stay.
Here are 5 signs to know when to leave your job:
You’re too comfortable
Although it’s great to feel so confident and comfortable that you could even do your job with your eyes closed, you could also feel that you are a bit bored or stuck in a rut. You might even notice that you have a routine in work where you start at 9, take an hour break and leave sharp at 5pm. Such a firm routine could suggest that you’re not feeling any pressure or maybe not taking on any exciting projects. Of course, a healthy work lifestyle is very important but it’s also important to have an exciting work lifestyle too! Sometimes a new challenge can make a real difference, but it could also mean that it’s time for a change.
Difficult working environment
A negative working environment can be toxic and there can be multiple causes to this. You may notice that your colleagues are unhappy and there is overall a dull or negative atmosphere. Your boss may never be content with the work that you do, or you may feel that you are not being heard or not making as much of a contribution as you may hope. All of these may have a major impact on your mood and may leave you feeling under appreciated. It’s important to have a positive working environment where you can receive constructive feedback and also feel like a valued employee. If you work in a negative environment it may be time for a move.
You dread going into work
You may notice that every morning you don’t want to get out of bed, you dread the very thought of making that commute or walking into work. If you truly dread doing that shift everyday, this is probably the clearest sign that you need a change in what you are doing. A lot of the time people can just ignore this feeling and continue going into work everyday rather than acting on it. Overall everyone puts a lot of hours into their job and it should be something that you really enjoy.
Having that work life balance is extremely important. Hard work and long hours are involved with a lot of jobs. But if you notice that it’s taking up sleep, vital time with family or even time for exercise and general well-being it’s more than likely going to lead to burn out. By doing this it could be already effecting your overall work performance and mood. There might be that constant expectation of you to do these long hours but there are more than likely other jobs out there that will allow you to have the work-life balance. Some positions can offer different working environments which you might not be able to get in your current job like flexible working hours and opportunities to work from home. No job is truly worth sacrificing your wellness.
Have you been in your role that last 3 years and there have been no opportunities to progress? This could be a major sign for you. It’s important to work in an environment that supports you and allows you to progress and develop your career rather than hinder it. You might even feel that your learning has gone to a stand still and not you’re feeling challenged. Although you may not have the opportunity to learn every day, learning new skills or developing your current skills is vital to your career. If there is no opportunities in your job for this, it may be time to move on.
Having any of these signs may mean that it’s time for a new opportunity and if you are reading the blog that itself is also a sign. Since it’s coming up to the end of the year and the new year is fast approaching, a change could always be good.
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