Everyone always talks about knowing the signs of when you are about to be fired but there is more than one way to lose or leave a job. What about the signs that it is time to leave, while the leaving is good? Many of us, while not oblivious, tend to gloss over these signs in a “glass half full” fit of optimism. However, we do so at our own peril. So here are five signs that it may be time to leave your job before it leaves you.
1. Your employer used to offer direct deposit but took it away. Your boss gives you a check and then asks you to wait a few days to cash it. You deposit your check like normal and it bounces. All of these are signs of serious cash flow issues and should be a big neon-lit sign that all is not well. Your boss is trying to use what little float time exists in the banking system, hoping that funds will be there by the time you actually deposit the check and it clears. Not good at all.
2. There is a cut-back in hours and not just for you. If your employer is suddenly trying to do more with less and no explanations, then business may not be going well. It is only a small jump from here to total shut-down and closure. If you do nothing else, ask what is going on and hopefully your boss will come clean.
3. Upper management used to be friendly and outgoing but now they all look stressed and worried and have become secretive. To everyone. While this may not seem like much, as a general rule of thumb sudden changes like this have to have a precipitating event. That event could be bad news about the status of the company. Be especially worried and vigilant if said management team starts subtly hinting about what you would do if you didn’t work there. Again, if nothing else you should ask about what is going on. It maybe nothing but it is better to know.
4. This sign is a combo – a large loss of personnel coupled with a dramatic shift in company policy. While some may not be concerned, it is my experience that employees tend to leave in groups only when they have a concern about the viability of the company or when there is a dramatic change to company policy coming. While companies can change directions at will, most tend to stick with what works. One former employer of mine made such a dramatic shift in policy that people started leaving like rats jumping from a sinking ship. While still in business, it operates with a different philosophy that has alienated many there. Sometimes, a company doesn’t have to go out of business for you to find working there impossible.
5. You love Friday and hate Monday and it is more than just the typical living for the weekends. You have become a clock-watcher who anxiously counts down until the end of the day. You used to sing the praises of your job or your employer and now you can think of nothing positive to say. You may love the boss and hate the job. Conversely, you could like what you do but hate who you are doing it for. Either way, you have to drag yourself out of bed everyday and co-workers are beginning to notice. No one should work in a field they hate or for an employer they cannot stand. While most of us have to work to pay our bills, it should not be torture. If you fit this description, do everyone a favor and start looking now for something better. You are not doing yourself or anyone around you any good.