We think that once we land a job, the hard work ends, thanks to the endless time it takes to actually get a job in today’s competitive job market. But, in fact, the hard work never ends -- especially when we’re trying to figure out if we even like our job anymore at all. You may feel guilty even thinking about quitting your current position before landing another one, but sometimes it just can’t be helped, despite all our perfect plans and dreams. Your health can actually be affected in terrible ways if you remain in a position that is making you very unhappy. Follow this how-to guide and if you recognize any of the signs of when you should leave your job, it might be time for you to hand in your two-week notice.
1. You no Longer Look Forward to Work
We all have off days and hey, we’re all human -- of course we have days when we would rather stay home curled up on the couch with a reality TV marathon rather than heading to the office. But if you wake up every single morning wanting to cry or scream at the thought of going to work, you might be falling out of love with your current position- and that means you need to quit. We need to do meaningful work that satisfies us and that we look forward to because if we don’t, then what’s the point? We only have one life and we should never spend even a day doing something we hate doing. Of course, we won’t love every single part of our jobs – there are always parts of a job that you won’t love, whether it’s filing when you are a messy person or attending meetings when you’re a complete introvert. But you shouldn’t absolutely hate your job or even the idea of it. Make yourself happy and find another position that you will love more.
2. You are Stressed Every Single Day
Work-related stress is the most common type of stress that there is. Heart attacks due to incredibly stressful jobs are considered to be very common in big cities such as L.A. and New York. Of course we can expect to experience some stress every once in a while. Sometimes we forget to do something and end up scrambling to save a project, or we have one of those days when every little thing is going incredibly wrong. But we shouldn’t feel like we’re in a constant state of stress every single day of the week. If you feel this way, it’s incredibly bad for your health, both in the long and short term. When we are stressed, we go through a fight or flight situation and we experience this with anything from a beating heart, to having trouble breathing. Therefore, being in a state of stress regularly is incredibly dangerous for us. Even if you never have a heart attack like previously mentioned, you will still be unhealthy. Stress could also lead to mental illness such as depression and you may notice yourself getting way too many colds. That’s because your immune system is affected too if you are feeling stressed, leading to frequent illnesses.
3. You Can Never Sleep
Insomnia is a sign of stress. If you can no longer fall asleep and this is happening not every once in a while but every single night, then you need to think about whether it’s your job that is causing this. No one should spend the entire night tossing and turning, unable to stop worrying about work. No job is worth sacrificing your health, which includes getting enough rest every night. Without sleep you won’t be able to think properly or concentrate, which will definitely affect your job performance in negative ways. And insomnia is a vicious cycle. You will start to worry that you can’t sleep, which will make it even harder to let go and slip into slumber, which will only make the same thing happen all over again the next night and the next. Even if you haven’t realized that job stress is getting to you, you definitely notice that you’re not sleeping as well as you were before. If this is an isolated incident -- it’s okay to have a period of a month or so when we are focusing on something crazy at work and find ourselves less rested than usual -- and it goes back to normal, then don’t worry about it. But if it’s happening all the time, it’s a surefire sign that your job has to go.
4. You are Calling in Sick When You're Really Not
Do you know how many employees stay home from work every single day and cite stress as the reason? The number may surprise you because it’s super high: 1 million. That’s a lot of stressed-out people. If you find yourself so unhappy at the thought of going to work that you start saying you’ve come down with a bug and are staying home a lot, you need to give your notice. It’s psychologically draining to pretend to be sick in bed when you just can’t bring yourself to go to the office today. You will just spend all day feeling guilty for staying home, worrying about all the work that you’re not getting done, and absolutely dreading having to go back the next day. And no company benefits from an employee that hates their job so much they fake being sick. You will be much less productive if you do this, and the productivity of the entire office could even suffer because you’re not there when people need you. Your manager and even co-workers will start to notice and catch on. So you may as well be honest with yourself: isn’t it time to leave?
5. You are Experiencing Burn-Out
We may say we’re stressed out or burnt out at certain times, but many of us may not actually mean it. It’s become a point of pride for us to say we’re so busy all the time, as if it’s a race and whoever has the most going on is crossing the finish line. But career burn-out is no joke and can affect every single aspect of your life. If you are exhausted every single morning as soon as you open your eyes, if you find it difficult to focus at work due to being so tired, and if you want to sob at the thought of another work week, you may be completely burnt-out. Maybe your job has become too hard to handle or you want to switch careers entirely because something else will be better for your health. There’s no shame in admitting when you’ve had enough. It’s much better to change jobs than to suffer in silence.
6. You Daydream About a Different Career
Career envy is pretty normal. It sounds amazing in theory to be a rich and famous actress or singer, or to spend all day dreaming up smoothie recipes as a food blogger. In reality, of course, every single job has its stressors and downsides and nothing is ever what is seems. But if you keep thinking that another job would be much more enjoyable and find yourself actually feeling sad that you don’t have another job, then it’s a sign that you want to do something else. Reclaim your power and joy and quit your job today. Then find what it is that you truly want to do. The time is now. You will only sleep less, stress more and be less healthy overall if you stay in your current position.
7. You Can't Stop Thinking About Quitting
This is a pretty important part of the equation. Happy employees don’t think about quitting their jobs. Okay, they probably do after an irritating talk with their boss, but they’re not serious about it. If the thought of leaving crosses your mind all the time, it’s a sign that you should just do it already. You will only become unhappier if you know you want to leave but stay instead.
It’s normal if you hate your job sometimes or don’t feel like going to the office every once in a while. But it’s not normal if you completely dislike your position, call in sick when you’re actually faking it, and are sick and tired all the time. Be honest with yourself and if you recognize any of these signs of when it’s time to quit your job, don’t hesitate. Do the right thing for your career and your health and find another job that will keep you happy and healthy.
Do you recognize any of these signs? Do you think that it is time to quit your job? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.