The economy is currently weak. Unemployment is high. You have a job, but you are wondering if perhaps the time has come to quit. Everyone you know tells you that you’re lucky; to count your blessings that you even have a job. But is this right? Should you continue to “suck it up” and show up every day to do a job that is not the best fit for you at this time in your life? Perhaps not, perhaps it’s time to quit your job. Look for the following five signs.
1. Your heart isn’t in it anymore.
This may be the first, and most important way to tell the time has come to move on. You probably began your job with a great deal of enthusiasm. You were excited about the new challenge the work presented and you were drawn to the company that was hiring you. Now, after some time has passed, you have begun to feel dissatisfied with your work. You are no longer challenged, you no longer feel that you fit the tasks that are assigned to you, or perhaps your heart is being pulled in the direction of something new. Don’t ignore these feelings, especially if they don’t pass after a brief period of time. After all, we all experience down times in our work. But if the joy doesn’t return, don’t brush it off as irrelevant.
2. Your colleagues begin distancing themselves from you.
If you have been working at your job for any length of time at all, you’ve likely developed relationships with your co-workers. Some of them may have even become friends of yours, enjoying social times outside of the office. One day, though, you realize that the colleagues you used to socialize with are no longer inviting you to breakfast before work or drinks/dinner after hours. You cannot pinpoint any reason for the change in their behavior, yet you find yourself eating lunch alone every day. These behavior changes can occur for many reasons, but in combination with other indicators, should be considered a red flag that something is not the same at your job.
3. Your boss shifts from supervising to criticizing.
Depending on the individual management style of your boss, you may have had a good deal of freedom in your work. As long as you were getting the work done and showing results, your boss operated in a “hands off” manner. If this begins changing to a more hands-on approach, where you are frequently being more directly supervised, there may be reason for pause. If this is accompanied by conversations where you are being questioned about your decisions as they affect your work, this compounds the situation even further.
4. Professionalism has exited the building.
Everyone you work with is college-educated and certified to work in their particular area. Many hold higher degrees and multiple certifications. You’ve always treated one another with mutual respect and have collaborated to solve problems in the work environment without involving management unless absolutely necessary. If you find yourself no longer being treated as a professional, if your colleagues resort to running to tell the boss any time they have an issue with you rather than approaching you directly, something has definitely gone wrong.
5. The stress level begins impacting both your physical and mental health.
A. J. Reb Materi said, ” So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.” When you begin to suffer frequent illness or find yourself frequently depressed and anxious, particularly at work or when thinking about work, the time has come for a change.
This is in no way telling you to write your letter of resignation tomorrow. Instead, take time to honestly assess your circumstances. Speak with family, friends, or a therapist about your situation and make the best possible decision for you and for your family. Sure, there is risk in quitting a job, but the reward in the end may be worth it. The path will seem uncertain at first, but reward only comes from taking a risk. You may find yourself finally pursuing a life-long dream and saving your own life in the process.