Updated: Mar 26
These warning signs will help you understand if you need to quit your job or give it a second chance.
At some point of time in your work tenure, you may no longer be excited about the work or you may find yourselves in disagreements with your manager or your colleagues. Minor issues do occur on every job and are also a part of the learning process but how do you realise between giving your job a second chance or calling it quits?
One way is to always follow your gut. If you deeply hate your job or the company and do not enjoy the work, it is time to move on to a different opportunity. Besides that, there are other warning signs that you should also consider in making a wise decision.
1. You hate the thought of going to work.
It is normal to dread going to work after a long weekend but if you have lost the interest and desire to go to work and dread those eight hours each day, it is time to move on. This may happen due to many reasons such as a strong dislike towards the work that you do. Being underpaid and having long working hours also results in resentment towards the work. Not being recognized and appreciated for your work or not being allowed to speak up also contribute towards that in-built resentment.
2. You are procrastinating more than often.
Everyone procrastinates on their job and it is normal since its impossible to be productive all eight hours of the day. But if you find yourself staring at the clock and procrastinate more than usual it may be due to the fact that you may find nothing engaging about your daily work or have a workload that is too much to handle. You may need to find an opportunity that is more interesting than browsing through social media.
3. There is no room for advancement, learning and growth.
A position that doesn't offer any opportunity for advancement or growth and has no rise in pay is not worth the hours you put in and only hinders the development of your career. Everyone is in need of a career advancement and if you have no learning happening at all which is the case with incredibly monotonous jobs, it is time to quit your job.
4. Your job is taking a toll on your health.
If you find yourself working extra hours leaving you with less time to eat healthily, exercise and have enough sleep, your health is being negatively affected. You may end up taking more sick leaves than usual as part of a break from the routine or the emotional and mental stress. Your health should always be a priority and no job is worth sacrificing your overall well-being.
5. You are working in a negative or toxic environment.
A toxic environment is where a boss micromanages, lack of communication exists, employees are always complaining while some employees are favoured more causing resentment among the others. You may also be left out of meetings that directly impact you while you may have a lot of valuable input to share. A toxic environment can kill the passion you have for your career choice. Besides, you may also end up bringing all that negativity into your personal life affecting your relationships with others.
Related - 7 signs of a toxic work environment!
6. You are not a good fit for the company culture.
A company culture that does not suit your needs or your values is not a good fit. If you do not believe in the company, their products or services, their practices and their values, it is time to move on to a different opportunity. Also, if a flexible, work from home job is what you desire and your current company isn't willing to provide that, choose a company culture that is more suitable to your preferred lifestyle.
7. You don't enjoy the work.
The most important sign that you need to take into consideration is if you do not enjoy the work at all. You may be good at doing something but it is not the same as what you love doing. For example, you may be good at crunching numbers but don't enjoy it and instead love photography or videography. The ultimate satisfaction is achieved when one opts for a career path where they can maximize their true capabilities and strong points.
You spend about 40 hours per week or more at your job and in the end it is up to you to ensure it is worth your time. If you are experiencing any of these signs and are contemplating leaving your job, plan your decision taking into account the financial aspect and any other implications as well.
Related - 7 things to do before you quit your job!
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