We all experience a bad day at work now and again. If you have a deep and long lasting dissatisfaction towards your job, maybe even swearing you’re going to hand in your resignation then it might be time to explore your options.
It’s very rarely an easy decision to make and you might feel like you’re stuck in a rut. Being in a job that constantly leaves you feeling stressed, no longer challenges you or provides you with opportunities for growth can have a negative impact on your mental and even physical health. Sometimes it can be hard to spot the signs, you just know that your work no longer offers fulfillment or brings out the best in you.
“If you’re having doubts, always trust your gut instinct”
Here are 10 signs that it might be time to leave your job:
#1 You are not able to use your skills
Have you tried to highlight your skills to your manager, only to be ignored each time? You might feel as though you’d get more acknowledgement from a brick wall. If your skills aren’t being utilised in the workplace it might be time to look for a company that allows you to not only use but to grow them too.
#2 You dread going to work every morning
While it’s normal to not want to go to work every now and then, if it’s happening every morning this is a warning sign. Dreading work and doing nothing about it will eventually impact your personal life (if it hasn’t already). Feeling overworked and unhappy at work can show in your personal life in a range of negative ways, for instance: being short tempered with family and friends, struggling to sleep or sleeping too much, feeling anxious, losing motivation and interest.
#3 Your health is impacted by your job
Work overload, burnout, immense stress, unacknowledgement and unhappiness in the workplace can all lead to negatively impacting your health. This can cause issues such as work-related stress, depression, fatigue and anxiety. If this happens and the issue can not be resolved it’s definitely advisable to find yourself a new job. No job is worth compromising your health.
#4 Your workload does not reflect your salary
There are always moments where we feel we’re not being paid enough to deal with the amount of workload given. But if this is no longer a one off and is becoming more and more recurrent or is even considered the ‘norm’ now it might be time to reevaluate your options.
Research salary ranges for your job roles at other organisations and discuss this with your manager or HR department. If you’re unable to meet a resolution then it might be a sign to move on.
#5 Bad management and company morale
Have you ever heard the saying ‘people don’t leave bad jobs, they leave bad managers’. If you feel bad management is bringing the company morale down this can lead to an unhappy and even toxic working environment.
Lack of communication, support, advancement opportunities, feedback and training can all cause low company morale and could be a sign to leave and find a job that lifts your spirits not tears them down.
#6 No progression opportunities are available (or if there are you get overlooked)
If you feel like you’re stuck in a dead-end job with no progression opportunities then it might be time to reconsider your options. Or maybe there are progression opportunities, are you constantly overlooked?
Committing your time and energy to an organisation that doesn’t value your capabilities, offer progression and growth opportunities will hinder your career development in the long run.
#7 You’re at risk of burnout or boreout (or already experiencing these)
Job burnout is a type of work-related stress that leaves you feeling physically and emotionally drained and lacking motivation, reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity. Signs can include feeling: tired and drained most of the time, helpless, trapped, defeated, alone and detached, a negative outlook and self-doubting can also set in along with feeling overwhelmed and procrastinating.
Just like burnout, boreout can have damaging consequences.To sum boreout up, it happens when we are bored at work to the point where we feel the work we do has no purpose or meaning. This can lead to lack of productivity and even impact your health. Whether you’re experiencing burnout or boreout, it might be a sign that it’s time to leave your job and find a new opportunity, if the issue cannot be resolved.
#8 You feel undervalued
Feeling undervalued at work doesn’t just mean you’re not getting enough pats on the back for the work you do. It can also display itself as: overworked, underpaid, not getting a pay rise, lack of credit for your work, no promotion or opportunities for growth. If you are not being valued in the workplace, and things aren’t improving, it’s ok to look for opportunities elsewhere.
#9 Your work environment is toxic
Do you feel like your working environment is toxic? Does gossip run rampant? Are there signs of bullying and harassment or maybe you’ve experienced this first hand? Is there a lack of work-life balance, communication or low morale? Is your input not valued or do you feel like you’re on the brink of burnout or boreout? These are all signs of a toxic workplace and if things don’t or can’t change, it could be a sign to quit your job.
#10 You feel you have more to contribute elsewhere
If your skills, knowledge and input is constantly being ignored and you feel like any other organisation would appreciate and value these, then it could be a sign that you need to move on from your current role.
You have so much to give and the right job will recognise this. Don’t let your current boss hold you back, get out there, apply for jobs and rediscover your purpose and passions.
Leaving your job is a difficult decision to make but if you’re severely unhappy and you’ve felt this way for a long time, then it might be time to move on. Evaluate your options, if you rely on your job financially, then it’s wise to find a new job before leaving your current one.
No one should stay in a job that leaves them feeling in a pit of despair. You don’t owe anyone more than yourself. Put YOU first. Trust your gut instinct. And remember, never compromise your health for the sake of a job.