By – Caitlin Johnson
If you can’t remember the last good day you experienced at work, it might be time to seriously consider quitting. You’ll want to make that big decision on just this but there are definitely other signs that it is time to leave. If you’ve noticed a few of these issues for a month or longer, it’s time to seriously consider what your other options are. (And start up the job-search again!)
You’re Not Growing
It’s so easy to get stuck in a job that you love and once you’re stuck, you start getting comfortable. But it’s incredibly important to remember that every job should be enhancing your skills and adding value to your professional self. If you’re not learning new skills or technology or you’re just doing the same freaking thing every day, it’s a good sign you should look elsewhere.
You’re Constantly Bored
A position that is no longer challenging is a good one to leave. Boredom, on a day-to-day basis, is a very standard feeling. But it is the prolonged feelings of boredom that researchers believe are a warning sign that you are not doing what you want to be doing and searching for more meaning
You Can’t Ever Win
You shouldn’t ignore that feeling of never being able to win at work. A great job should make you feel challenged and at the same time, exhilarated. Your work should give you a feeling of some sort of success, rather than feeling like you’re constant fighting a losing battle.
Your Skills Aren’t Being Utilized
Sometimes we have to take whatever duties we can get and stick it out for just a short while. Hopefully, you will have an opportunity to prove to your boss that you’re ready and capable of handling more. But if you’ve been doing this for some time and you’re still stuck and not utilizing your skills, then it’s time for you consider your other options. Don’t second-guess yourself when you know how much have to offer the world.
Your Boss is a Jerk
Merideth Ferguson (co-author of a recent workplace study conducted at Baylor University) says that most people don’t quit jobs, they quit bosses. Your boss’ attitude affects more than just your time at work. His or her attitude, whether you realize it or not, affects other important aspects of your life. Try everything to make it work with him or her, but if it still continues on as being unbearable, then it might be time to start visiting job boards.
Your Company Isn’t Invested in You
Employee engagement matters, and many business owners and managers are starting to catch onto the benefits that come from engaged employees. An engaged employee is passionate, creative, and possesses an emotional connection to the mission of the job. On the other hand, disengaged employees can destroy a business. If your company has no interest or regard for an engaged workforce, you’re better off working with someone else who does.
Your Employer’s Goals Doesn’t Match Your Personal Mission
These days, many individuals are constantly wondering whether they are investing their time with the right (or wrong) company. You need to ask yourself if your company is in sync with your life’s goals and values. Does it require you to travel more than you want? Is the work-life balance not suitable for you? Is it offering enough upward mobility, given your ambition? Your answers to these key questions could provide great insight whether it’s time to move on.
It Seems Like They are Gearing up for Layoffs
There are many signs layoffs may be on the horizon. Some signs are rounds of downsizing and a new acquisition and/or merger. Don’t sink with the boat, put on your life vest early and jump in the water!
You Feel Like You Need to Watch What You Say
A big sign that is time to quit your job is if every word out of your mouth has been carefully considered. Are you scared of speaking because of how it might sound or be interpreted? Worried that your statement might be far off from the views of the people in the meeting? If you can’t be authentic at your job, it’s time to look for a new one.
You Just Know….
Finally, trust your gut about whether you need to start looking for a new job. If it is something that is constantly on your mind it may be good to listen to that little voice and go for it. Even if you’re scared of the unknown, your happiness and ambition should convince you that it will be worth it!