Jobs are like relationships. When they are over, all you can do is ask for your possessions and move on. Sometimes you may want to hold on to your job for various reasons. Especially with the economy the way it is, it is easier to keep a bad job than to find another one. But, staying in a bad job situation, just like staying in a bad relationship, is the worse decision you can make. When there are warning signs on top of warning signs, it’s time to go.
These are five warning signs that it’s time to turn in your 2 week notice and start searching for new employment.
1. You are growing grey hairs in places that grey hairs should not be growing. When your job is stressing you out to the point that you are physically being affected, it’s time to go. You should not be working somewhere that is causing harm to your health. Even if the job pays will, how will you get to spend the money you earn when you are dead? When situations in your job are physically breaking you down and there is nothing you can do about it, you need to make the best decision for you and find another job.
2. Just like you need to leave when you are being physically affected, you also need to leave if you are being mentally and emotionally affected. Emotions are good and you won’t always be happy at work but when it’s so extreme that you are on the verge of developing a mental problem, say adios and walk out while you can. These problems may stem from verbal abuse or mistreatment at the job. These are not situations you should be putting up with and if there is something that can be done about it, you should do it. Go to the manager if it’s coming from your co-worker(s) and go to your manager’s manager if it’s coming from your manager. Deal with the situation as soon as it begins so it you can know what your best option is. You don’t want to wait until it gets so bad; you’re having slight heart attacks on your way to work.
3. When your credibility is being destroyed, it is also time to leave your job. If you notice that someone or a group of better are attempting to destroy your reputation and are actually receiving some success, you may want to go ahead and start putting in applications elsewhere. Especially in a situation that those who are working against you have seniority or are in a higher position that you, it may not be worth the fight. You don’t want to stay long enough for your name to be destroyed. Then, you may not be able to find another job.
4. Another warning sign that you should leave your job is when you are being forced to go against your morals. If you work in an environment where you are being asked to do things that are against your character, you may want to leave. A job should not change the person you are or destroy the person that you have worked so hard to become. You don’t want to do things that are going to cause you to lose sleep at night or cause you to think poorly of yourself. Jobs should not control your life. You should be able to be you at your job and if you cannot do that, find a job where you can.
5. Another sign that you need to leave your job is if your hours are continuously being cut and you’ve done all you can to get it fixed. If you are supposed to be working full-time but your hours have slowly and slowly been slipping away to the point that you could barely call yourself part-time, there’s a serious problem. In this case, it seems that the company is attempting to get rid of you and is probably hoping that you will leave on your own so that they don’t have to fire you and pay unemployment. Depending on the case, you may want to stick it out. If you able to demonstrate that they are not keeping the end of their contract and are able to get the situation worked out, you may want to try that. However, if you are able to find another job, it’s best that you leave. It’s not worth the energy to fight with the company while you are barely making enough to pay your bills. It’s also not worth the trouble to stay at a company that does not want you there.
I hope you find this article useful. Something to keep in mind is that different people have different breaking points. Some can handle more than others. So, you must make the best decision for yourself. If you are able to stick out your job for a while or if you have enough fight in you to attempt to make changes that will make you happy, go with that option first. If you know that staying will destroy you, don’t give it another thought. Run to the nearest exist!