I’ve been very vocal in real life, and on this blog, about the ups and downs that can arise in your jobs/careers. My friends and family knew that I was having difficulties at my last job. When I accepted an offer at my current job, I wrote one of my realest posts ever celebrating my last day of work. I knew it was time to go, and once the writing was on the wall, I chose to read it and listen. If you are at your current job and you wonder if you should quit, I have 5 tell-tale signs that it’s time to consider a change of scenery.
You Are Extremely Bored
It’s human nature to procrastinate at work. We all have done it, whether you were an associate, supervisor, or CEO. Time Killing is prevalent today more than ever with the advent and expansion of the Internet. We will have busy times and down times at work. When you realize that 90% of the time you spend at work results in boredom, you may want to quit. Maybe you’re not being challenged. Maybe you need more interesting work. Either way, boredom could be the beginning of complacency with your job and current position, so if you want to do better than what you currently have now, boredom won’t help.
Your Salary Isn’t Enough To Deal With Work BS
Have you ever used the phrases “I don’t get paid to do this” or “I don’t get paid enough to deal with this sh*t”? Do you find yourself using these phrases more often? If so, then you might be done with your job. No one likes busy work, or feeling like their pay doesn’t equal their level of performance or value. Trust me that more than 75% of the working world probably feels underpaid. Salary is always a heavy point of contention. When you don’t get promoted, or receive proper compensation and raises, you have a choice. You can either accept this, or find someone who will pay you what you are worth. If you accept, know that you could set yourself up for a lifetime of complacency and subpar pay.
You Are On The Brink Of Co-Worker Homicide
We won’t like every single one of our coworkers. It’s the law of averages above anything else. Every company has that one person in every department that you want to choke. They can be annoying, arrogant, or have a bad attitude. Not to mention the brown nosing that we all hate! You don’t mesh with them, and don’t even want to compromise. If they say one more word to you, you will throw a middle finger up to HR and whoop that trick! Yeah, it shouldn’t ever be that serious. If it becomes so, then it’s time to switch departments, bring it up to supervisors, or get out before you catch a case.
You Won’t Get Promoted Anytime Soon
Building upon earlier points, I knew it was time to bounce from my last gig when I saw that I wouldn’t get promoted or the pay I deserved. I saw other people advancing with similar credentials. I did everything my HR coaches told me to do, and still nothing. You can read between the lines to speculate why that was the case. I just knew it was time to go. I hated the work and place to the point that my mood changed, and no place of employment is worth negatively affecting you in any way. I was blessed to apply my knowledge, grind, and get a great offer. It would be easy for me to ride out another year and “see what happens”, but I refused to see time pass by in a place I didn’t like while opportunities passed me by. If you feel the way I felt, then trust me, you are past the point of no return. Get out soon.
You Genuinely Hate Your Job
If you hate your job, you shouldn’t work there. Period. Trust me when I say depending on your field, there are jobs opening up like crazy. I can’t speak for the entire US, but I know I had head hunters and recruiters beating my door down for opportunities. It’s never that serious. I understand if you have bills and responsibilities that limit your flexibility, but that doesn’t mean you can’t search for jobs and apply while working in your current job! EVERYONE does it, why not you?
There comes a point when you have to recognize that everyone will look out for their best interests. You should always be loyal to your career, and not to your place of employment. No matter how much a company loves you, unless you work for self, anything can happen. “Tough times” can result in layoffs, pay freezes, and a bad work environment. Having a job is a privilege, but if you are the type of employee who is invaluable, you are just as much an asset to your employer as they are to you. Never forget that. Don’t live to work, work to live. If you will be gainfully employed, it makes sense to enjoy it a majority of the time right? Get out of those negative situations, know your self worth, and improve your current situation before it’s too late.