7 signs you need to quit your job NOW
Most of us spend at least one-third of our day at work. An eight- to nine-hour shift, not including commute time, takes up a good portion of your day. To stay healthy and happy, you should strive for a job you enjoy – but how do you know when it is time to quit your current job? We’ve gathered a few of the most common signs you should start looking for other alternatives as soon as you can.
1. You dread going to the office everyday.
Work is a bit of a chore, but you shouldn’t actively dread heading into the office every day. If you’re always trying to find excuses to call off it may be time to look into alternate career paths.
2. You’re always stressed and unhappy at work.
We all know that stress is bad for us. Workplace stress, or feeling trapped at a job you hate, can actually increase your risk of coronary heart disease. If you feel like you’re stuck in a job you hate, it may be negatively affecting your health. You don’t have to love every aspect of your job, but if it leaves you constantly stressed out or feeling anxious, it’s time to make a change.
3. Your company is failing.
Up to 71 percent of small businesses close their doors within 10 years of opening. If your company is circling the drain, there’s no reason for you to hang on for the ride. Finding more stable employment options will not only decrease the stress you feel when thinking about work, but will also help move you toward new opportunities that you may really enjoy.
4. You know you have other options.
While company loyalty is great, there’s no reason to stay somewhere you’re not happy, especially if you have other options. If you’ve got headhunters or recruiters calling you at all hours, it may be time to start answering. They don’t always guarantee a job, but it’s a great way to get your name into all the right places when you’re ready to switch careers.
5. You have no shot at advancement.
What’s the point of staying in a job if it’s a dead end with no chance for advancement? If you’ve been interviewed and repeatedly passed over for promotion, or not offered any possibility to better yourself in your career, it may be time to start looking for another job where you can move up the ladder instead of being the doormat at the bottom.
6. You can’t leave work at work.
We all invest ourselves in our jobs, but at the same time you have to be able to leave your job in the office when you go home for the night. If you’ve lost that ability to keep your work life separate from your home life, then looking for another job can really help you improve your work-life balance.
7. You’re not developing any new skills.
If you’re not learning anything new and are stagnating in your current position, it’s a good sign that you need to start looking for something new. This is especially applicable if you also nodded your head to sign No. 8 and have no opportunity for advancement. Even in your personal life, you should strive to learn something new every day.