Most people dislike at least one thing about their jobs. It might be the hours, the pay or they might occasionally butt heads with a coworker.
Unfortunately, we can’t quit our jobs every time we have a bad day or week. We have families, expenses and other obligations that require a steady income. Therefore, we stick it out and make the best of the situation.
But while the majority of people are okay sticking with a less-than-ideal job, there are times when it makes sense to walk away.
Here are six signs your job is no longer a good fit.
1. You're Bored at Work
Some people would jump at the opportunity to get paid to do absolutely nothing or very little at work. But if you need mental stimulation or if you want to feel like you’re making a difference, a boring, slack job is the wrong fit for you.
If you’re ready for more responsibilities, it’s time to step outside your comfort zone and challenge yourself. Ask your boss about other opportunities within the company, or look for work outside the company. It’s only by seeking new opportunities can you fully know your potential.
2. Your Job Drains the Life Out of You
No matter where you work or what you do, there will be bad, crazy days. However, if your job drains your energy and sanity every single day, and it’s difficult to strike a healthy work-life balance, it might be time to move on.
You’re more than your job, so your work shouldn’t consume your every waking thought or keep you up at night. You deserve peace of mind, and if you have zero peace working with your current employer, you can find a happy middle ground somewhere else.
3. There's No Advancement in Your Future
You might have plenty of assignments to keep you busy. But, at the same time, you feel you’ve gone as far as you can go with the company. If you’re looking to climb the corporate ladder yet you don’t see any promotions or advancements in your future — maybe because you work for a small company — it’s time to take your skills and experience elsewhere.
4. Going to Work Makes You Physically Sick
If you hate your job to the point where you’re physically ill every morning, the job is no longer a good fit. Constant stress and anxiety isn’t good for your health, plus you can’t be productive when you’re not feeling your best. Too much anxiety can increase your blood pressure, weaken your immune system, and trigger body aches.
5. You Don't Get Along with Management
Having a disagreement with your boss isn’t a reason to walk off the job. However, if you’re always in conflict with management, you might do better working for another company, especially if you’re not the cause of problems. Serious issues can include your employer belittling you, using abusive language, and refusing to respect your personal time.
6. You Don't Believe in the Company Anymore
You may have ethical or moral differences with your employer. The company culture might be cutthroat where backstabbing is acceptable and it’s every man for himself. If you can’t thrive or feel good about yourself in this type of environment, you need to find employment with a company that matches your personality and work style.
Realizing a job isn’t a good fit anymore doesn’t mean you’re giving up. You spend 40 or more hours at work every week, so it’s important to work in a comfortable environment and gain satisfaction from your assignments.