How do you know it’s time to move on? Here are 5 interesting ways to know that it’s time to quit your job. But make sure that you weigh your options very carefully since the current unemployment rate is still very high.
How much do you like your job? Few of us would say we actually love it although some are lucky enough to have found their niche.
5 Ways To Know It’s Time To Quit Your Job
However, the amount of love you have for your job can have little to do with whether or not you should stay in it. If you work as an employee for someone else, then you will likely arrive at a crossroads at some point. So if you are wondering whether you are standing there now, here are some pointers to bear in mind.
1. Are your emotions entering the picture? I used to have a job that I loved for the first couple of years. Then gradually everything started changing and the place I was working at became unrecognizable from what it was originally. The stress started building up, demands became unreasonable and the turnover was affecting employee dynamics. Eventually, no one was enjoying their work. When I got home and burst into tears one night after a particularly bad day, I realized it was time to make a change — so I did.
2. Do you dread seeing your boss each day? This may not apply to everyone. But if you are getting seriously worried about going into work every day because of your boss, it is definitely time to start looking for another job. No job is worth ruining your weekends over if you spend the whole time dreading Monday morning. Here’s where to check out some job hunting tips.
3. Are you being kept out of meetings? If everyone else is being invited along but you aren’t, this doesn’t bode well for your future. Ask yourself why this could be the case. Perhaps you’re being left out of certain projects because the work may not be in your job description or may not be something that would be relevant to you. But in some cases, it could be the beginning of the end (could you be on your way to a pink slip party?), if they don’t see you as being worthy of more highly visible tasks.
4. Are you spending more and more free time worrying about your job and dreading going back into the office (or where you work)? If you are nodding when you read this, understand that things are not simply going to get better. I’ve been in this situation and so have many other people I know. I have yet to meet anyone who has been there and resolved the problem without actually switching jobs. Bear this in mind and think about focusing your energies on an escape plan.
5. How long has it been since you were given a pay raise? This is a tricky one because it could be the case that the company you work for hasn’t given anyone a pay raise for a while. But it’s more problematic if you’ve been declined a job promotion. Some surreptitious scouting around should reveal whether you are in a party of one, or whether no one has received a pay increase this year. If you are on your own, perhaps it is time to ask yourself why. It could be something you can resolve (perhaps your performance is in question?) –- or it could be time to jump ship.
In short, keep an eye on your own contributions, on your situation and how you are feeling. Normally, the signs that you should jump ship are staring you right in the face, but it’s up to you to act on them.
If you reach this stage, assess your financial position, get your ducks in a row and get moving to another job as soon as possible.