Quitting your job is a huge step to take in life, but when is the right time to do it?
For many of us, our workplaces are our second homes, and it can take a lot of work trying to find the right one. Ideally, we should be working somewhere we feel valued and appreciated, where we can confident and respected, where only our best work is produced. Our colleagues should be our work family, a team of mutual affection and solidarity against the challenges of the industry. We should look forward to Monday mornings with a smile, rather then a groan.
A lot of the time, that’s simply not achievable. But we should be able to manage getting through the day with a positive attitude, and the feeling that if things continue the way they are, it’s going to be ok. So how do you know when it’s time to up and leave? When you’ve called in sick for the fifth time that week? When you’ve thrown a hissy fit at your annoying desk-mate? When you’ve stopped working and starting scrolling through Twitter seven hours a day just to see if anyone notices?
It’s different for everyone, but here are just some of the signs that it might be time to leave your job.
Lack of interest
The job you do might not be of interest to everyone. But if you started your career bright eyed and ready to embrace the ever so slightly boring industry you fell into, then that’s a good enough reason to stay. So if there comes a point where the passion you once had for your role, or your company has completely died – is it really worth sticking around?
Of course there are other issues to contend with when leaving a job. Financial security, company stability, decreasing employability…but from an employers perspective, just how much of an asset are you to your company if you simply don’t care about the work any more?
Lack of respect
In some workplaces, getting on with your colleagues can be just as important as getting on with your work, and so trying to work with a group who have little respect for you can be a tough challenge to embrace. Particularly for women in male dominated industries, a lack of respect can be a big indicator that that workplace is just not right for you.
If you’re turning up, working hard, making an effort and committing to a job, and still getting no respect for issues beyond your control, it might be time to make a stand, and look for somewhere better.
Perhaps there have been some changes in your office recently that have begun to affect your personal life. Maybe your flexible hours have been stopped, or your Christmas bonus has been reduced. Perhaps the business has relocated, doubling your commute time and costing you double in petrol money.
If the place that you work in has begun to seriously damage your personal life, it’s worth asking yourself if this job is really worth it. Our working lives can often overlap with our personal lives, but if you feel like your personal life is always coming second to your job, and is affecting your priorities, it’s a sign to make some changes.
No one enjoys Mondays, and this is universally recognised. But there’s definitely a scale to how much you dislike Mondays. Some people are a little sad that the weekend is over, some are stressed that their workload must begin again, but others can be dangerously depressed about the thought of returning to work on Monday.
If the thought of Monday means that your weekend is spent feeling awful, or if you go out of your way to avoid Mondays i.e. calling in sick, making excuses, leaving early…it might be a sign that your workplace isn’t quite living up to your expectations. Really evaluate your attitude to Monday mornings, and if what you find concerns you a little, have a think about what might be your next course of action.
Lack of opportunity
One of the biggest reasons to leave your job? The lack of opportunity it presents. Everyone in employment should be presented with room to progress and evolve, and if you feel like you’ve reached the top of your company, maybe it’s time to find somewhere you can climb even higher.
Don’t limit yourself to being the biggest frog in a small pond, go and find the biggest river, and start growing all over again. With lack of opportunity comes lack of self improvement, lack of inspiration and lack of motivation – all of which could spell danger later on down the line. So take a look at the opportunities around you, and if they don’t tie into your current workplace, why not find another one?
It’s a scary decision, to leave your job, and it can mean a big change to your lifestyle. But you’ll know in yourself when you’re ready to go, and hopefully, it can only lead to bigger and better things.