Nobody likes to think of themselves as a quitter, which might just be the reason that often we are unwilling to “quit” our job – even when we know we should!
But how do you know it’s time to move on? We’ve put together the top 10 signs that it’s time to start looking what else is out there!
1. The Company is in a financial crisis
Is your company having financial problems? Have raises/bonuses been cancelled, have clients left, or are your projects “postponed”? These can be the first signs for trouble, which can lead to layoffs. If your company is struggling, move as quickly as possible to a new employer. No need to go down with the ship!
2. You’re bored of your work
Are you spending your days aimlessly scrolling through social media and waiting for the clock to show you’re able to go home? Spending your days twiddling your thumbs and doing the bare minimum often means you’re bored of your role. If you don’t like what you’re doing, think about your skills and how you could use them in another role that will excite you.
3. You’re not growing/being challenged
Has your work become mundane and simple? When you’re able to do your job in your sleep and aren’t challenged anymore, it means you’ve outgrown your current position. If there’s no opportunity to advance and grow internally, it’s time to look around and see what other opportunities are out there.
4. You’re constantly stressed
Being stressed is different for everyone but it’s rarely a positive thing. Are you having troubles sleeping? Have you been getting ill a lot? Have you snapped at your family and friends for no reason? Of course sometimes stress isn’t easy to avoid. If you’re about to launch a new product or you started a big project it’s normal to be a bit stressed. However, when feeling stressed becomes a full-time occupation, it’s likely to mean you’re overworked. Should your company be unwilling to help you out, it may be worth moving on to somewhere more supportive.
5. You got a promotion without pay rise
If you’ve been asked to take on more responsibilities and your work load has been increased, yet your salary hasn’t, this could be a bad sign. While there are sometimes good reasons for this, if nothing has been explained to you and you feel like you’re not appreciated, start looking elsewhere.
6. Your ideas are ignored
Do you feel like your opinions don’t matter? Have you put forward ideas but they never made it to the decision makers? Working with a team or under management that don’t listen to your ideas can be very frustrating. It’s worth looking around to see if you could move on to another place that appreciates and supports your ideas.
7. You don’t just hate Mondays
Do you dread going to work? While it’s true that many people aren’t thrilled about having to leave the weekend behind and go back to work on Monday mornings, you shouldn’t feel that way every day during the week. Starting the countdown to the weekend on Sunday nights is not the way it’s supposed to be. Look around and see if you can’t find a job opportunity that would make you excited to go in on Mondays and throughout the week!
8. You don’t fit in anymore
Do you feel like you no longer fit in with the company culture? Have you started avoiding certain colleagues or even openly arguing with them? Having a great company culture at work is often underestimated but working with people you like in a place with a positive atmosphere can have a huge effect not only on your level of performance but your overall happiness. If you feel you – or your company – have changed and you no longer fit in, it’s time to think about moving.
9. You got another offer
When you’re at a certain level of seniority with a sought after set of skills, companies and recruiters will start contacting you about roles that just might be ideal for you. If a job comes through that excites you, maybe even pays more money, and seems like it will help you advance in your career, make the move! Taking on a new challenge may just be exactly what you need.
10. You’re reading this article
If you’re happy where you are, would you really have clicked on the link and read this article? In all likelihood, no.
Bonus advice: In many cases, it’s true that it’s easier to find a job if you’re already working so while it may be time to quit, we encourage you to stay in your current role until you’ve found a new position.
Author: Carla Boyd for Digital Gurus UK