Time to Quit?
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Is it perhaps time for a fresh start? How many times a day do you say to yourself, ”I like what I do, but not where I work?” Or the opposite, ”I like where I work, but not what I do?” . Maybe you don’t like your co-workers, or your boss drives you quite bananas and fruitcakes. Maybe there’s nowhere for you to move up in the company. Maybe you are overworked as well as underpaid. Or perhaps you have the grave misfortune of being all of the above mentioned.
Well, we do love our lists… so have a look at this jolly one, 10 Signs it’s Time to Quit:
1. Your co-workers drive you crazy
Co-workers can be a curse or a blessing in the workplace. When you work with people you love, it’s one thing. But how are you supposed to get any work done when your colleagues are irritating you, offending you, distracting you, coming in late, leaving early, talking loudly on the phone, procrastinating or coming to your desk to gossip? If you find that you want to tear your hair out at the end of each day because of your colleagues, it might be time to look for more tolerable people.
2. You hate going to work
When Sunday night rolls around, are you dreading going into the office the next morning? As soon as you arrive on Monday morning, are you already thinking about Friday at 17:00? All of us have had to go to a job that we hate at least once, and if you haven’t — you are the exception, not the rule [not to mention extremely lucky]. When you are spending 40+ hours at work, the last thing you want is to hate every second you spend there. If you do, it might be time to start thinking about your next career move.
3. You’re bored
Most people like to feel challenged at work. If your work has started to seem too easy or repetitive, it’s a sign that you need more responsibility or a change in roles. However, don’t confuse boredom with slacking off. There’s a vast difference between watching YouTube videos all day long with work piling up next to you and watching YouTube videos all day long because you’ve completed all there is to do.
4. The company — or your job — is in trouble
While it’s not suggested that you quit your job in a panic without having some sort of plan as to what your next step is, you are advised to pay attention to what’s going on at your company. Suddenly finding yourself pissing against the direction of the wind is an unpleasantly wet ordeal. Make an effort to keep yourself dry.
5. You don’t feel at home
Sometimes we forget how important it is to feel comfortable at work — that is, until we don’t. If competition seems far from friendly, your colleagues steal your ideas, your ethics or values conflict with the company’s [conversely; the company has ethics and values, but you don’t], or wotnot… You might want to find a place of work where you feel more at home [perhaps it actually is home?].
6. You can’t stand your boss
Just because someone is a manager or boss does not give him [or her] free reign to be a right boob [stupid]. Whether you realize it or not, your relationship with your boss could impact on your overall professional happiness and success. After all, even the ‘best’ job can turn sour if your boss is lousy. If you don’t see eye-to-eye, your manager is untrustworthy or standing in the way of your advancement, it might be time to look for a new job — with new management. Better yet, if you’ve got the talent for it; why not be your own boss?
7. Your career is at a standstill
Maybe you have been doing the same job for several years and you are ready for more responsibility. Maybe you have lost your passion for what you used to love. Maybe you work at a company where there is no other role for you than the one you are currently in. Start by talking to your boss about taking on more work, or trying different tasks. Express that you want to continue to develop your skills and reach your goals. If no alternatives are available, it might be time to start looking around…
8. You’re not valued
Recognition is important; you need to feel as though you are making a contribution or a change. Is your company doing anything to reward your efforts? Do you get bonuses, perks or promotions? If your boss has never heard of positive reinforcement, it might be time to find one that has and will value your talent.
9. Your work environment sucks
It does not take a psychiatrist to know that working in place with negative energy or low morale is draining on even the happiest soul. If you find that you’re always feeling stressed out, depressed or having a negative attitude, it might be time to explore more positive options.
10. You’re exhausted
Too heavy a workload, unevenly spread, equal a job burnout. You’re not advised to simply quit when the going gets tough every once in a while. But, if there is no end or reprieve in sight, and you get very little or nothing in return for your hard work; do yourself [and your sanity] a favour and see what else is out there.
So should you continue to stay in a job where you are unhappy? Or start looking for somewhere where you’ll be happier? What’s stopping you?