Having a job is a blessing. With it, you can provide for yourself and for your family. But then, not every job is created equal. In our lifetime, there will jobs we truly love and one that we regret for the rest of our lives.
How do you know when enough is enough? How do you pinpoint if it’s time to leave your job? If the stars don’t give you answers, what are signs that may point you in the right direction? These are signs that you should leave your job.
You Lack Passion
Do you actually hate Mondays? You wake up from a great weekend only to go back to a miserable cycle of paperwork and meaningless toil. If you lack the passion to move a muscle for your work, it may be a sign to pack your bags and leave.
Don’t get me wrong. Not all jobs are designed to fill up your passion at first. But if you’ve been working for quite some time now, and you loathe every single minute in your job, there is definitely something wrong there.
But don’t quit yet. Assess yourself first. Find what’s going on inside you.
Maybe, try asking your boss for permission for side hustles. This may provide the gap you feel every day. The side job might provide a channel for your passion and your job for the finances. After all, there are also advantages of allowing their employees to freelance.
If you still feel otherwise, let’s move on.
Skills Not Getting Utilized
Being self-assured, you know the skills that you bring in the table. But then, your skills are not getting tapped. Work is stagnant. You go throughout the week the same way on an endless loop.
If you want to reach your long-term goals, your job should provide room for growth. And if the job has no room for this advancement, finding other opportunities might be your next option. Nevertheless, you work for your future, not for your boss.
The Pay is Stagnant
Conversely, you may find your skills fully utilized to the core. You are so busy and so stressed. Your workload equates to three people. But after quite some time, the only thing not increasing is your pay.
Objectively appraise your market value. If you find that there is a mismatch, try asking for a raise. But if it fails, it might be best to look for other options, discreetly.
Your Social Life is a Total Nightmare
After considering the career and financial implications, how is your social life faring? Does your job give consideration to your social needs? Or is it the reason you don’t have one?
For example, you hate your coworkers because of too much bullying or power play. You go home too tired to communicate with your spouse. And forget about the weekends, you are on call on the whim of your boss’ SMS and emails.
Your work-life balance is certainly out of whack. The cutthroat environment might not be good for you in the long run.
If you can, you can suggest these 7 ways employers can provide work-life balance for their employees. But if this continues, think twice before you physically and socially die from this ticking time bomb.
After reading this and after careful thought, do not leave your job abruptly. Again, think about this.
If you decide to move on, you should plan your way out. Smoothen your transition for yourself by discreetly looking for other options on the side. But still, keep your A game in the workplace.
And if you have finally set everything in place, make sure to be at peace with your coworkers and your boss. Although, not everything might go as planned. It’s fine. Nothing does.
So let’s take a toast to your new life. Good luck on your next journey!