Most of us spend at least one-third of our day at work. An eight- to nine-hour shift, not including commute time, takes up a good portion of your day. To stay healthy and happy, you should strive for a job you enjoy – but how do you know when it is time to quit your current job? We’ve gathered a few of the most common signs you should start looking for other alternatives as soon as you can.
1. You dread going to the office everyday. Work is a bit of a chore, but you shouldn’t actively dread heading into the office every day. If you’re always trying to find excuses to call off, or find yourself hoping you’ll get into a car accident during your morning commute just so you don’t have to work, it may be time to look into alternate career paths.
2. You’re always stressed and unhappy at work. We all know that stress is bad for us. Workplace stress, or feeling trapped at a job you hate, can actually increase your risk of coronary heart disease. If you feel like you’re stuck in a job you hate, it may be negatively affecting your health. You don’t have to love every aspect of your job, but if it leaves you constantly stressed out or feeling anxious, it’s time to make a change.
3. Your company is failing. Up to 71 percent of small businesses close their doors within 10 years of opening. If your company is circling the drain, there’s no reason for you to hang on for the ride. Finding more stable employment options will not only decrease the stress you feel when thinking about work, but will also help move you toward new opportunities that you may really enjoy.
4. You know you have other options. While company loyalty is great, there’s no reason to stay somewhere you’re not happy, especially if you have other options. If you’ve got headhunters or recruiters calling you at all hours, it may be time to start answering. They don’t always guarantee a job, but it’s a great way to get your name into all the right places when you’re ready to switch careers.
5. Your workplace is unsafe. We’ve probably all worked in a place where the bosses like to cut every corner they can in order to pad their pockets. If your workplace is unsafe or doesn’t maintain OSHA compliance or even basic safety concerns, it is definitely time to consider looking into a new career path.
6. Your company has a high turnover rate. Are you heading to a going-away party every other week because your colleagues keep jumping ship and heading to greener pastures? A high turnover rate is often the sign of dissatisfied employees, poor management or a combination of the two. If you’re not happy in your current position and everyone else is leaving too, it might be a good sign that it’s time for a change.
7. Your job is literally making you sick. Recent studies have shown a definitive connection between poor working conditions and long-term health. Headaches, insomnia and even depression have all been linked to being trapped in a job that you can no longer stand. Your health should come first, no matter what, so if your job is making you ill it is time to move on.
8. You have no shot at advancement. What’s the point of staying in a job if it’s a dead end with no chance for advancement? If you’ve been interviewed and repeatedly passed over for promotion, or not offered any possibility to better yourself in your career, it may be time to start looking for another job where you can move up the ladder instead of being the doormat at the bottom.
9. You can’t leave work at work. We all invest ourselves in our jobs, but at the same time you have to be able to leave your job in the office when you go home for the night. If you’ve lost that ability to keep your work life separate from your home life, then looking for another job can really help you improve your work-life balance.
10. You keep butting heads with coworkers. It’s inevitable that you will butt heads with at least one person in the office. You simply can’t always get along with everyone. If it starts becoming a common theme, or you are constantly arguing with your co-workers or bosses over basic things, then it may be time to move on. No one should have to deal with that negativity on a daily basis.
11. You’re not developing any new skills. If you’re not learning anything new and are stagnating in your current position, it’s a good sign that you need to start looking for something new. This is especially applicable if you also nodded your head to sign No. 8 and have no opportunity for advancement. Even in your personal life, you should strive to learn something new every day.
12. Your job description keeps changing. Are you being shuffled around from position to position instead of being offered some form of stability? This is another way for companies to cut corners by not hiring new employees, and it’s not conducive to a healthy work environment. While you don’t want to stagnate in a position where you’re not advancing, changing hats all the time has its own drawbacks.
13. You get more responsibilities, but not more money. Big companies love pulling extra work out of people without having to pay them more. It can be a great way to distinguish yourself as someone with a good work ethic, but it can lead to you taking on more than you can handle or burning yourself out altogether. If you’re getting more and more responsibilities piled on to you, look into other avenues for employment.
14. You just don’t care anymore. This becomes extremely important when you work in a career where you have to care, or at least appear to care, like customer service or any field where you deal with customers directly. If you don’t care, it’s going to negatively impact your interaction with your clients or customers, which can in turn negatively impact your career. If you just can’t make yourself care anymore, just walk away.
15. You’re itching for something new. When it comes down to it, you know yourself better than anyone else. Do you feel like it is time for you to move on to something new? If the answer is yes, than start looking into a new career path to follow until you find something that truly makes you happy. Sometimes, you just know that it’s time to move on, and that isn’t a bad thing.