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5 Signs It's Time to Leave Your Job

September 01, 2015

Typically, making the decision to leave your current job to take on a new opportunity is a difficult one; and, it is one that shouldn’t be made impulsively. However, if you are reading this post, chances are you are contemplating such a move. To help you determine if making a change is the right choice, here are five signs that is time to leave your job. If most of these signs apply to you, it is time to start looking.


Sign # 1:  Your Skills Are Underutilized

Do you have more to offer your company, but you are not given the opportunity to showcase what you can do? If requests to take on additional responsibility fall on deaf ears, it may be time to re-evaluate your ability to grow in your organization. In the long-run, if you are being underutilized, you will not be satisfied with your job, and promotions and salary increases will be limited. Landing a position that will give you the chance to use all of your tangible and intangible skills is the best solution.


Sign #2: Your Health Is Affected by Work Stress

There have been numerous studies that link stress to mental and physical health problems, including insomnia, depression and heart disease. If you are constantly stressed at work and have difficulty leaving the stress behind when you go home, you are putting your future well-being at risk. Keep in mind, a job can be replaced, but your health cannot.


Sign #3:  You Lack Passion

Do you wake up in the morning for work excited about what you plan on accomplishing that day? Grant it, being excited about work every day may be unrealistic, but in general, you need to feel a satisfaction with what you do for a living and for what you achieve on a daily basis. If you are just going through the motions, you will not perform to your full potential. You owe it to yourself, and your company who isn’t getting your best effort, to find something more meaningful.


Sign #4: There Are Ethical/Moral Differences

Just because something is legal, doesn’t mean it is ethical. If your standard of ethics is being compromised by your boss or the company culture, it’s an uncomfortable workplace setting at best. Usually, the company’s moral compass is deeply rooted in the organization, so it is unlikely that the standards will change anytime soon.


Sign #5: You Don’t Like Your Co-Workers/Boss

You don’t need to be friends with your co-workers and your boss, but you need to have a harmonious working relationship. If you do not respect them or if your personalities clash to the point that drama, not work, is the daily focus, you are in a dysfunctional and non-productive environment. Without a staffing overhaul, it is unlikely that this situation will improve.


In Conclusion…

Do these signs apply to you? If so, it is time to find greener pastures. To make the right match, create a list of what you do and don’t like about your current position, such as company culture, job responsibilities, compensation, perks and benefits, and compare new opportunities to these hot buttons. Also, it is best to have another job in the pipeline before leaving your present one. Finally, regardless of how you feel about your current employer, make sure you don’t burn bridges. Leaving on bad terms is never a good idea.


Feel free to share any of your own signs that it’s time to leave your job in the comments section.

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