No matter how much you love your job and feel fulfilled by the work that you do, there are going to be days you simply don’t want to work. This is normal. If most of us had it our way, we’d make money while lounging on a beach in Maui or jet setting around the globe. Work is work no matter how you spin it.
So, not feeling like going to work is not a sign in and of itself that you should quit your job. But if you not wanting to go to work is rooted in something deeper, it might be time to start packing and find a new job.
In this blog post we’ll explore 5 important signs that it’s time to find a new job.
1. You’re in a negative work environment
A negative work environment is not only toxic to your professional well-being, it affects your health too. Anxiety, stress and depression are just a few effects of working in a toxic work environment. So, if your office is full of gossiping, backstabbing and leadership that’s more tyrannical than managerial…it’s time to find a new job.
2. You don’t have enough work
Being bored at work is common but there are a few instances where finding a new job is appropriate. The first instance is if you’re not the only one at your job with nothing to do. This could be a sign that the company isn’t getting enough business. Abandon the sinking ship.
The second instance is if, when you ask for work your boss or supervisor constantly gives you menial tasks outside your job description.
An instance where it may be wise to stick-it-out is if your position is brand new. It takes a while for management to get its sea legs and shape your position. Give it time.
3. You’re not being challenged
Being challenged at work is a crucial part of growing in your field. It helps you stay on your toes, stay focused and keep your mental faculties sharp. If you find yourself finishing projects really fast or on autopilot, you’re not being challenged.
Of course, there will always be parts of your job that are easier than others. But if the overwhelming majority of it can be done in your sleep and efforts to get more challenging work fail, it’s time to find a new job.
4. There’s no room for growth
A lack of advancement opportunities is the result of one of two things. One, you’ve steadily risen through the company over the years, reached the top and can go no further. Two, the promise of advancement at the outset was a best wishful thinking and at worse a lie.
If you find yourself in either position, it’s time to move on. Even if you like your job, if you’ve reached the peak find a bigger mountain and start climbing.
5. You’re being recruited by other companies
Depending on your job situation, this can either be an easy decision or a hard one. It’s easy if you work in a toxic environment or are not being challenged at work, but difficult if you absolutely love your job.
If you find yourself in the last camp you must weigh your options. Look at the pros and cons of stay and the pros and cons of going and make your decision. But don’t take too long. Headhunters won’t wait around forever for your decision.
Knowing when to leave a job really boils down to knowing what you want to do with your life and pursuing that thing with everything you’ve got. If you’ve gone as far as you can go at your job but really like the view, stay. If you’re in a negative work environment but are in a management position with the power to make changes, stay and make those changes. Your career is in your hands.
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