know when to quit

Have you been having ups and downs at the office? Trying to determine if it’s time to move on to greener pastures? Here’s a quick list of things to look out for if you’re thinking about moving on!

1. Work-related stress is harming your health

Are you starting to realize that you took more sick days this year? Do you feel worn down all the time and unable to enjoy yourself even outside of the work day hours? If so- your job’s stress could be making you physically ill and no job is worth harming your health over.

2. You are bored

You can do your job in your sleep, and sometimes you do. You have lost the passion and enthusiasm you once had for your work. Now the days bleed together in a montage of mundane tasks. This would be the time to move on in search of a more challenging and engaging position.

3. You don’t want your boss’ job 

If you are climbing the corporate ladder you need to make sure that the top rung is actually where you want to be. Does the job, and the company align with what you what to do in the long term?

4. Your boss is a bully. 

Bullies don’t need to steal your lunch money and shove you in lockers anymore. A bully boss will often use tactics such as humiliation, intimidation, isolation, and verbally abusive language.  They may even question your adequacy and undermine your work, and performance in front of others. If this all sounds too familiar, it is time to revamp your resume and hightail it out of there.

5. Work-life balance no longer exists

You cannot give your family the time they deserve and need, and the job still requires even more of you. If you are not able to delegate those work tasks elsewhere it may be time to rethink your role with the company.

6. You are underpaid, undervalued, and underutilized

Sometimes, you can give it all you have and still not earn the respect you deserve. Have you put your blood, sweat, and tears into your work but your paycheck does not reflect it? Are your skills not being used to the best of their ability and your great ideas are being ignored. It just may be the perfect time to put yourself out there and let another company be impressed by you. There is another organization out there just waiting to appreciate you and your hard work, and pay you well for it too.

7. Your job is in jeopardy

Maybe your company is going under or they lost a piece of business. Things may still be up in the air over who will be included in the lay-offs but it is a good idea to see what other opportunities there may be out there for you, just in case.  Be proactive in your search rather than waiting for the day you are called into the Human Resources office.

8. Your responsibilities have changed, but your pay has not.

If your company has lay-offs or had to let someone go more than likely someone else has to pick up the slack. Is that someone else you? When the distribution of work happens you may not even think about asking for more compensation. Often you take on tasks slowly so what didn’t seem like a big deal in the beginning is now a lot more work. If your employer is unable or unwilling to pay you accordingly now is the time to leave. Just think-all that additional work has made you even more of an asset to someone else.

Always remember that while everyone has that impulsive new years day resolution, this decision is more important than a new gym membership. Take your time to see what is out there, think about your priorities, work-life balance, the culture, and what you want out of an employer, and a company.