It is rare to find someone who loves going to work every single day and does not have even one aspect of their career that they do not enjoy. Many people endure certain periods of stress, anxiety, or boredom at work. However, these emotions should be circumstantial and be able to be worked out, given the right solution. The current state of the economy has caused many individuals who are truly unhappy to hesitate to quit their current job because, as we are all often reminded, we are lucky to have a job. While that statement is true to an extent, it does not mean that anyone should suffer or feel stuck just because it is difficult to find a new job. There are several warning signs that indicate that it may be time to consider quitting your job.
You do not have an opportunity to grow within your position or company
Growing can mean different things. Whether you hope to climb up the corporate ladder or expand the responsibilities within your current position, it is essential that your job keeps you both stimulated and challenged. This can be evident in the people that have been with the company for a number of years. If you look at those around you and notice that they have had the same role for over fifteen years, you may want to start scheduling interviews. To truly flourish in anything in life it is essential to test your boundaries and take on more responsibility as you get more comfortable. If this is not, and never will be, an option at your current company, there are plenty of companies that will provide you with a path for constant growth and achievement.
You go to work miserable, everyday
Many people suffer from the nine to five blues and look forward to time off. It is normal to get annoyed at your boss, sick of your coworkers, and feel tired with your daily routine. However, when you are so miserable at work that it is consuming your thoughts and affecting other aspects of your life, it is time to take a step back and weigh your options. When I was working my first “real job” out of college, I was so unhappy that I would call my Mom on the drive home in tears. The idea of going to work would cause me such intense anxiety that I would often feel nauseated during my morning drive to the office. Eventually I realized that no job was worth that much misery. If the thought of going to work is making you depressed or even physically ill, it may be time to move on.
You are given less responsibility
Most careers provide a certain path that develops as you put forth more time and effort. As you gain knowledge and prove your abilities, you should be given greater responsibilities. This does not only manifest itself monetarily but also in your daily tasks. It is satisfying to feel as though your opinion is valued and that you are an indispensable asset to your company. If your superiors stop relying on you or your normal workload starts to diminish, it can decrease the pride and satisfaction you receive from your job. Aside from sleeping, many people spend most of their time at work. Feeling self conscious about your talents will ultimately have a negative effect on your overall performance. If your current company does not have the faith to constantly put more trust in you, than find a company that will.
You are not being compensated fairly
There are approximate salary ranges for any position which usually depend on a number of factors including level of education, years of experience, and location. For example, I live and work on Long Island and it is generally understood that if you work in New York City you will make more money than if you work on Long Island. Also, if you are a lawyer you will make more money than a paralegal based on the fact that you have a law degree and a paralegal does not. These basic principles are understood and accepted throughout the working world. However, if you put in the time and effort for the company you work for, it is also understood that you should be compensated accordingly. Once you have shown your abilities and invested a significant amount of time within your company, you should expect raises that commensurate with your experience and effort. Do not be afraid to speak up and ask your superior for a raise you feel is well deserved. If the company is not willing to match your salary with your effort, even after your have asked, consider leaving for a job where your hard work is appreciated.
You sense that you are being replaced
This is a tricky one. Depending on your financial state, you may choose to ride out this uncomfortable situation and collect unemployment after you are let go. However, getting fired can be detrimental your future career and will most likely eliminate any reference at the company. If your company feels as though you are no longer an asset to their business, they will find someone who is. In fact, many hiring managers will begin interviewing for your position while you are still employed. The company that I am currently working for was not happy with the performance of the woman that previously held my position. On the other hand, at a different company, I noticed my superiors interviewing potential hires for my position, while I was still employed. While it will most likely not be explicitly explained that this is going on, it is a feeling that is hard to ignore. To prevent the fact that you have been fired from hindering future opportunities, it is often a better idea to step down before your head hits the chopping block.