It’s not pretty out there; the job market is fierce, interview processes have become more vigorous, candidate testing is considered the ‘norm’, and job security is considered a ‘benefit’. So, with this in mind, it is understandable why so many people are remaining in jobs that, in a favourable employment market, they would otherwise quit. The fear of the unknown and risk of quitting a job has meant that a large number of employees simply ignore the signs that are blatantly telling them to take the risk, make the move and ultimately go after a career that they can gain real satisfaction from.
If you are unsure whether it is time to quit your job, take a look at the top ten signs below to ascertain if you might be better off quitting sooner rather than later.
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#1 You are not learning anything new
This has to be one of the most demotivating factors that will cause you to eventually leave your job in search for job satisfaction elsewhere. Learning is something that should be central to your job to help you progress both professionally and personally. If you are not learning anything new, you are stagnant in your progression in life.
#2 You have lost your passion for the job or for the company
Whether your interests have changed or you simply realised that you have followed the wrong career path, experiencing a loss of passion for either your job or the company you work for can result in low productivity, failing to meet targets and losing out on promotions.
#3 Your values no longer align with that of the company
If the company has gone through changes or has conducted business in a manner that you do not agree with, you may feel that deep down your values no longer align with the business. Ultimately, it is very important to be on the same page as the company you work for.
#4 You are not being pushed to your full potential
This refers to the non-utilisation of your skills by your employer. You may have skills that could be a great asset to the organisation, but you are not given the opportunity to utilise them.
#5 You simply don’t enjoy what you do
If you are uninterested in the actual job itself, you need to quit. It’s as simple as that. When it gets to the stage where you dislike your daily tasks, or you dread certain aspects of your job, it is time to look further afield.
#6 You don’t get along with your co-workers
This is a big one. Considering you spend most of your life with the people you work with, being able to get along with them is important to your overall happiness in the office. If you are unable to form any sort of relationship with your colleagues, you may be happier in another environment.
#7 You are unable to work with your boss
If your boss is micromanaging you or draining you with their constant negative remarks and putdowns, you may be better off in another organisation. Be aware of how our boss reacts to you and how they manage you as an employee; if they stifle you and fail to listen to your opinion, it is a good idea to find a better boss!
#8 The company is facing an uncertain future with high risk of redundancies
In turbulent times, this threat is a reality for many businesses. If you hear that the company could be facing cutbacks, begin to look for positions to ensure you have a solid backup plan, should the worst case scenario occur and you lose your job.
#9 You have no room for progression
In some organisations, there is simply no room for promotion or progression into another department. If the business is small or your superiors are highly unlikely to ever leave their position until retirement, you may want to consider leaving the company for a more lucrative opportunity.
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#10 You wake up each day with dread at the thought of work that day
This is likely to be the most telling sign that it’s time to leave your job. If you wake up with a feeling of dread and you desperately don’t want to go into work, then it is absolutely time to quit and focus on what will make you happy.
If any of the abovementioned ‘signs’ strike a cord with you, then it could be time to leave your job and follow a career path that makes you excited to get up each day and go to work.