How To Know When It’s Time To Leave Your Job
Choosing to quit your job isn't an easy decision
Choosing to quit your job isn’t an easy decision, but know this. If you are unhappy at work, for any reason, it may be time to hand in that letter of resignation. There are things you need to consider before you do – you don’t want to be too hasty – but if any of the following signs are true to you, then now might be the time to consider your exit plan from the company you currently work for.
- Your health is at risk
No amount of money is worth it if your workplace is putting your health at risk. If the conditions at work are unsafe, and risk assessments aren’t in place, then your physical well being is in danger. It is the legal responsibility of your employer to adhere to health and safety, no matter what kind of business you work for. From PPE workwear for anybody in the construction industry to ergonomic furniture for those sat at a computer desk all day, your employer needs to provide you with these things. And then there is your mental health to consider. If you dread going into work each day, and/or you are struggling with stress and anxiety, then your employer needs to take steps to help you. If matters can’t be resolved, then you do need to leave, for the sake of your health.
- You aren’t being valued
If you don’t feel valued at work, then you need to question your reason for being there. It can be infuriating when your boss doesn’t recognise your good work. It can be frustrating when your boss doesn’t listen to your ideas. If you go into work and feel like nothing more than a mindless worker drone, then it’s probably time to move into a place of employment where you are treated like a human being and not an ID number.
- You have outgrown your position
There comes a time when most us look to advance in our careers. In some cases, this can be done in the company we work for. But if you are struggling to get promoted, despite taking all the right steps to help yourself, or if there are no feasible ways to advance in the company you work for, then it is probably time to move on. You will only feel jaded and unsatisfied otherwise, so look for those opportunities elsewhere that will support your need for personal and financial growth.
- You have lost your passion
Perhaps because you haven’t been able to grow in your business, or maybe because you no longer have the same sense of joy in what you are doing, your passion may have faded over time. While some people would tell you to be thankful for having a job in the first place, know that life is too short to remain in a job that makes you struggle to get out of bed in the morning. It may be time to reevaluate what you want from a job, and then start looking for that career change that will offer you a better sense of fulfilment.
If you have related to anything we have said, then it is probably time to consider making a move elsewhere. Take time to know what you want, start to work on your resumé again, and then start knocking on the doors of those employers who are better suited to your needs. We wish you every success, whatever you decide to do.