Is it Time to Leave your Job?

No one likes uncertainty and the thought of not having a steady stream of income and perhaps benefits can be a deterrent to leaving a bad job. So how do you know it is time to quit? According to Forbes there are a number of signs that it is time to do something else. Here are just a few to think about.

These include:

  • You lack passion. You use to come to work excited with new ideas that you hoped could be embedded in the workplace
  • You’re miserable every morning. You need to be your own internal compass. While we all need an income if you are miserable that’s a sign
  • You really dislike the people you work with and/or your boss. A bad work environment or worse a toxic one can leave you exhausted at the end of the day. It may be worth trying to work things out with your boss but some things can’t be changed.
  • You’re consistently stressed, negative, and/or unhappy at work. If your stress levels are out of control and you get unhappy just thinking about work it might be time to move on.
  • Your work-related stress is affecting your physical health or emotional health. If your work environment is not positive or at least tolerable it will start to affect your health and relationships. Your friends and family will be affected to. Another sign it is time to get out.

So what do you do? Some people will quit without another job lined up or be working on self-employment, others will conduct a quiet job search and quit when they have landed. However miserable you are, be sure to leave on good terms. Give appropriate notice and think about keeping your feelings about your work to yourself. It is tempting to vent in an exit interview (if your company does them) but think about what if anything will be done with the information. Leave on a good foot. You’ll feel all that much better as you start your next adventure.

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