We spend more than 3,500 days at work during the average lifetime. The majority of each week is passed, not with family and friends, but in a working environment. So, it’s essential that you enjoy what you do and if you’ve got to a stage where your day-to-day experience is less than positive then it might be time to consider a move. But is there really ever a right time to quit your job?
The short answer is: yes. There is a right time to quit your job – and a good indication that the time is now is if you’re experiencing some, or all, of the following.
Going to work fills you with dread
Most of us get the Sunday night blues every now and again – or feel reluctant to go back to the routine of work after a holiday. However, if this is a constant feeling for you then it might be time to move on.
You’re not being tested anymore
Regularly getting outside of your comfort zone builds confidence and engagement at work. If you’re comfortably doing what you need to each day and there is no real room to grow or progress then you may have outgrown your current role.
Management is poor
It’s one thing to have a challenging relationship with your immediate manager but this can be worked on. However, sometimes you will not have a suitable relationship with your boss and of course this will make your role more difficult. Managers do move on sometimes but this may not be worth sticking around and waiting for.
Your feelings about what you do are all negative
Not everyone can love their work all the time but if the only feelings you have towards your job are negative, change might be the only way to get more from life.
There is no reward and recognition
This could be manifesting in constantly being passed over for promotion with no real explanation or never getting praised or receiving positive feedback. Reward and recognition are essential to feeling good about where you are and making progress – if they don’t exist in your current environment, a different one may be better for you.
You’re developing a work related condition
That might be stress or it could be something physical as a result of the job that you do. If your work has started to affect your health then it’s definitely time for a change.
You have no work-life balance
Whether it’s long hours or awkward shifts that mean you’re missing out on the lives of those you love, if you’re starting to feel your work-life balance is off, a change could help to restore equilibrium.
You no longer believe in the business
If the company you work for is struggling or the business culture has taken a negative turn you might find that your heart isn’t really in it anymore. It’s far better to take steps to move on than to stay where you are and remain uninspired.
These are just some of the signs that it might be time to quit your job. We have helped thousands of people move on to something better – contact 2i Recruit today to find out more.