Should I quit my job?
Ever find yourself awake at 4am, dreading the working day ahead? We’ve all been there but if this is you every day you may be in need of a change.
The average time spent in a job is 4.6 years, with women staying 2.1 years longer than men. Interestingly, married mothers are the group most likely to linger longest, citing family-friendly policies and flexible hours as the main reasons for staying put.
It’s hard to think about greener grass when you have to pay the bills and, you know, eat. So change can be risky in the present climate, especially if you’re paying off debts. But what if it can also liberate you from a job you hate? That might be a risk worth taking.
So how do you know if it’s time to move on to pastures new? Here are ten telltale signs…
Should I Quit My Job? 10 Signs You Should Quit
1. You’re Undervalued
You’ve worked really hard to hone a plethora of skills yet they don’t fit the job. Maybe you need a job where you can use your core skills. Remember, if you don’t use it, you lose it.
2. You’re Going Nowhere
The people above you look like they are never going to leave and there’s no hope of promotion. Or are you being passed over in favour of your male colleagues? Perhaps you need to challenge your company or have your talent tapped in a more progressive environment.
As Anita Roddick, founder of the Body Shop, once famously said: “No company can afford to waste valuable brain power simply because it is wearing a bra.”
3. You’re Bored Out of Your Brain
Even CEOs get bored. Sherry Lansing, former CEO of Paramount Pictures told the Wall Street Journal that she felt the job had become ‘routine.’ If you can do your job standing on your head and there’s nothing else to learn, it’s time for a new challenge.
4. You’re Stressed Out
Should I quit my job when I stressed at work?
Are you tired all the time? Constantly under the weather? According to a report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, stress has become the most common reason for workers in Britain to be signed off sick.
The condition is so widespread it has been dubbed the ‘21st Black Death.’ The most common causes of stress are heavy workloads, the management style of a boss and frequent restructuring.
If stress is affecting your health, you need to ask yourself: Is the job worth it?
5. You’re On a Sinking Ship
Have you noticed you’ve been to quite a few leaving parties recently? Have people started to leave in droves? Maybe your company is not stable. If it’s going down: jump ship.
6. You’re Paid Peanuts
Your workload has increased but your pay packet hasn’t. You’re just scraping by with no hope of a pay rise. There may be other better paid jobs that match your skills. No harm in raising your head above the parapet and having a look around…
7. You’re Paid Too Much
Should I quit my job when I am well paid?
Not much of a problem you may think. But if you’re on a whopping salary and you hate your job, you may be stagnating in that pair of golden handcuffs. Even if you take a substantial pay cut, moving could mean doing a job you actually enjoy.
8. You Don’t Have a Life
You hardly see your family and friends and haven’t had a holiday in years. Even when you aren’t at work you’re thinking about it.
A new job with fewer hours may help you create more balance in your life. After all, no one ever said: ‘I wish I had worked harder’ on their deathbed.
9. You Don’t Get On with Your Boss
Should I quit my job because I hate my boss?
Maybe your boss is a bully, ineffectual or lazy. Are they stopping you from reaching your full potential? Getting on with colleagues is fundamental to enjoying your job so find a team who appreciate you.
10. You Moan About Your Job. A lot.
Your friends have started to switch off when you start moaning about your job. Check your moan quota – is it higher than usual? This is one of the most common signs you should quit your job if you are still unsure.
Lastly, consider this:
The average person spends 90,000 hours at work during their life time. Yes, that’s ten continuous years. So your job has be right for you. As JFK said:
“For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.”
What do you think? Have you ever quit a job or felt like quitting? You can leave a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!
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