Chances are if you’ve found this post, you might not be feeling too happy with your job.
Maybe it’s management, stress, or you just don’t seem to be meshing well with your company’s culture. But for whatever reason, you’re simply not feeling fulfilled in your workplace. The good news? You’re not alone. Studies show that 52.3% of working Americans say they’re unhappy in their current jobs. Of course, not every job will be your dream job, and sticking it out through tough positions can help you build rapport in the company and gain work experience. But if your job is having serious negative effects on your well-being and happiness, it’s time to stop and evaluate your situation. Here are seven signs it could be time for you to seriously consider leaving your current job:
You are underpaid.
Sometimes you need to make the best decision for yourself and seek a higher paying job. If your workload is increasing but your pay isn’t, or if requests for additional projects or a raise have been denied, it could be a sign of management taking advantage of you. A.k.a, it’s a sign you should take your talents elsewhere.
You don’t feel motivated or appreciated.
Your work is just that – your work. And if what you’re creating in the office is being under-appreciated or ignored, that’s a red flag. What you produce is meaningful and a direct product of your time and energy, and your effort deserves recognition. Or, maybe you don’t feel that you’re being asked to contribute or share your work at all. Your career is meant to be fulfilling and appreciated; if you don’t have a voice in your current workplace, another company might recognize your talents better and push you further in developing your career and honing your skills and talents.
Coworkers are constantly leaving.
Have you been going to a lot of going away parties recently? All that sparkling cider might not be the best gift, at least for you. Coworkers constantly leaving is a telltale sign that something about your company’s culture isn’t clicking for many employees. Maybe it’s not engaging enough, or a lot of employees lack a sense of loyalty or mission with the company. But for whatever reason, it seems you’re not the only one in your office not seeing eye-to-eye with your company.
Weekends and holidays are necessary reliefs.
If spending a holiday with your crazy aunt seems more enjoyable than a day at work, it’s probably not just a pleasant change in family dynamics. Of course you should enjoy breaks and vacations, but they shouldn’t be a lifeline. Of course it’s normal to look forward to the weekend, but it shouldn’t be unbearable to make it to Friday, nor should a cloud of dread loom over your entire Sunday. Your job is meant to be work, yes, but if correctly matched, it’s work in which you thrive.
It’s straining your relationships.
If your job is causing you to significantly drift from family and friends, it’s not a healthy fit. Sometimes it’s unavoidable to spend extra time in the office, but being away for hours on end continuously isn’t a sustainable lifestyle, for you or those in your life. Moreover, if your current work is causing you a ton of stress, that stress can easily and unfortunately find its way into your relationships, causing undue tension between you and your loved ones that could be otherwise alleviated by a new job.
You aren’t happy.
It’s simple: if you’re always unhappy, it’s time to leave. While every job has its rough patches, they shouldn’t last for the entire course. Most working Americans spend 40 or more hours in the office each week, and that is too large a part of your life to be spent doing something that makes you unhappy. Just like in a romantic relationship, if there’s no connection anymore between you and your current job, it’s probably best to stop standing still. A change of workplace could be the exact remedy you need to get your career back on track.
You should constantly be evaluating your work experience to make sure you’re still learning and growing as an individual, and finding fulfillment in your career. If these aren’t the case, and efforts to improve your situation haven’t worked, then it may be time to seriously consider quitting your job. Make a game plan for giving notice, and for how you’ll effectively land your newer, more compatible career. Who knows? Your dream job could be just around the corner.