At different stages of our career, we might become stagnant for a variety of reasons.
The fact of the matter is that businesses change as a result of industries weakening, company mergers, new management structure, etc. and these can affect the state of our role in a multitude of ways.
When things start to go south for your happiness or general level of pleasure at work, there's no law stating that you need to stay on and suffer for eternity.
It’s human nature to crave variety or altering circumstances during our lives and it’s no different in our careers.
Listed below are Five Reasons to Quit Your Job:
The Idea of Work Makes You Depressed
If getting out of bed to head to work each morning is making you utterly depressed, it’s probably time to start thinking about a change.
If the dread of heading to work is only softened by the idea of an upcoming weekend, holidays, retirement, etc this is also probably a good indicator that a shift is in store.
At the end of the day, work is work and there is always going to be good and bad times, but if the negative overly outways the positive, things are most likely only going to keep going downhill over time.
You need to find some satisfaction in your role.
Work is Changing You for the Worse
Continuing in a job which causes you to become notably aggravated or stems out of character negative behaviour is another reason to leave a business.
If day to day stress from work is also causing deterioration of your health in any way, this is also a good indicator that a change might be needed.
Your Core Values are Being Compromised
Businesses change over time and if the company you joined 5 years ago just isn’t going the direction you thought it would, this could also be a reason to leave.
A new manager might have been brought into the company who is forcing you to do things you don’t agree with.
If role duties go against your values as a human being, this is going to be detrimental to your health and happiness after a period.
Furthermore, if family time is a critical factor of importance and you’re being overworked with no time for the kids, this is also a potential reason to change positions.
Ten Years Plus in the Business
After a prolonged period in one role or with the same business, you run the risk of being cast as a “one company employee”, which makes it hard when you’re eventually back on the market for work.
Another risk is that you may start to get a little too comfortable at work and your skill & career development might suffer as a result.
Even if you’re happy, after around a ten year period, it’s probably time to start thinking about a change to ensure things stay fresh and exciting in your career.
No Room For Growth
If you’re at the top end of the org chart and there isn’t much further room for career growth or promotion, this is another reason to think about leaving.
Furthermore, if you haven’t had a salary increase in around two years and there isn’t any further monetary opportunity for a raise to occur, it’s probably time to leave.
Another reason might be if the business has gone in a direction which doesn't encourage expansion of your specific skillset.
Keeping this in mind, it’s not a good idea to head into work after a tough few days and just throw the towel in with no contingency.
It’s always a good idea to line another opportunity up before giving notice.
Leaving your role with no other source of income arranged will most likely only cause further detrimental suffering and stress.
Go about things the right way. Complete your notice period and try not burn any bridges on the way out as you never know when you might be working with your peers again in the future.
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