Stuck in a job you hate? We’ve all been there! And guess what? That’s okay. Considering and possibly quitting your job is always difficult, but it’s not the end of the world. In fact, leaving a bad situation can often lead to the best possible outcome.
Many people choose to ignore the reasons why they should leave their current job because of the uncertainty of what will happen afterward, especially when you factor in a family or a mortgage. However, there’s usually no outstanding excuse for staying in a toxic or stifling environment. There are plenty of opportunities out there for those who are willing to look for them.
Whether you’re unsure about quitting or just need more validation, consider these 10 signs that it may be time to leave your current position sooner rather than later.
10 Signs You Should Consider Quitting Your Job
1. You’re always bored
It’s one thing to scroll on Facebook once in awhile during the work day, but it’s another to check the clock every five minutes because you have nothing to do. Being bored at work is a sign that you’re not being challenged enough. If this is something you’ve mentioned to your boss and there’s no change in sight, it might be time to find a place where you will be intellectually or creatively stimulated.
2. You’re not learning
Everything you do should help you grow as either a person or an employee; every occupation is an opportunity to hone your skills and learn new ones. If you’ve been in the same position and haven’t acquired any new skills in a few years, consider other places where you will have space to grow.
3. You dread going to work
Most people wouldn’t mind a few more hours of shut-eye every morning. However, this feeling generally fades once the day gets started. If you dread work from the moment your alarm rings until you walk through your company’s doors, it’s important to discover exactly what it is you dislike about your job and what you can do to change your outlook. If the situation seems unfix-able and the anxiety continues, that’s a major red flag.
4. There’s no room for growth
If you’ve been in the same position since you started, without a conversation about your performance and where you’re headed, that’s an issue (depending on when you started, of course). If you’ve already consulted your boss about the possibility of a promotion or raise, and there hasn’t been any sign of change, it may be time to find an opportunity that will allow you to grow.
5. You’re not passionate about your job
While not every moment is going to be great, and you need to expect ups and downs, it’s important to find a cause, product or service that you’re passionate about. Working on or with something you’re passionate about makes work exciting and even fun, plus much more rewarding. You should be aware of the difference between a career and a hobby, but if there’s no joy at all in your day to day, it’s time to mix it up.
6. You don’t believe in the company’s mission
Another rewarding aspect of working at the right company is knowing that what you’re doing is contributing in some form – and that can mean whatever you want it to! There are millions of missions out there, many of which are directly related to social improvement. If you dream of saving the world but see no point in what you’re doing at work, there’s no way you can be satisfied at your company.
7. Your personal life is suffering
Balancing work and personal life is a constant struggle for most of us, but if this balance seems impossibly out of reach, it may be a problem with your job. Taking work home once in awhile is understandable, but we bet your friends and family don’t love it when you bring your laptop on vacation. If your job is getting in the way of your relationships (including the one you have with yourself), it’s time to make a change.
8. You’re sick – all the time
Much of the time, stress manifests itself into physical illness, aches and pains. If you’re super stressed about work and experiencing insomnia or a cold that “just won’t go away,” it might not be a doctor you need, but simply a change in occupation. Work should never overrule your health.
9. You hate your boss
Unfortunately, you can’t fire your boss. Bummer, we know! And while we recommend trying to work out any issues first, if you just can’t stand the person who signs your checks, you may want to consider leaving. Otherwise, your work will suffer, and your current position will be in jeopardy.
10. You’re constantly ignored
Your boss should want to hear your brilliant ideas, because that’s what you’re there for! It’s important to feel appreciated and valued at work, so if it seems like you’re being ignored, try to fix that by speaking with your boss. If nothing gives, it’ll be easy to find someone who wants to hear your ideas, because – let’s face it – you’re awesome!
In most cases, quitting your job shouldn’t be your first step toward happiness. But if you can relate to one or more of these signs, it might be time! Don’t be afraid to go after what you want and find the job that’s a great fit for you.
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