Some people say they work to live, but some people really live to work. Which one are you?
You probably haven’t taken the time to think about it, but if you start feeling cranky every Monday, or it seems to be harder every morning to get out of bed to go to work, you may be having the symptoms that it may be time to quit your job and carry on. Although it may sound risky and bold, sometimes it is necessary to take action for your own sake, especially if you are experiencing any of the following situations.
When your physical health is affected by your job: There are many ways that a job may affect your health, directly or indirectly. Depending on the type of job some health threats may be more apparent than others. For example, if you are continuously exposed to hazardous materials or fumes, it could lead to a severe medical condition.
Other job requires working long hours standing up, long exposure under the sun, the lifting of heavy weights, bending, or other activities that require special equipment to protect the employees’ health. The employer must provide all the necessary equipment for the protection of their employees. If that is not the case, then you should start looking for opportunities elsewhere.
Other causes that may affect your physical health are less apparent, like stress. If your job keeps you constantly under extreme pressure and stress levels, beware since stress has been associated with many health related issues. If you start experiencing unusual health problems, check with your doctor, and take action.
When your emotional health is affected by your job: Emotional health can be affected for many reasons, such as being a victim of harassment, constant conflicts with your boss or co-workers, a toxic working environment, and so forth. If you live in a constant feeling of anxiety, that may reflect in having trouble to sleep, among many other symptoms, you should first look for medical attention, and then, find a way to quit your job.
Also, if you feel hopeless, misunderstood, underpaid, or unappreciated, it can seriously affect your self-esteem. If you constantly think you deserve better, you may be right.
When you don’t have time for anything: When your job occupies most of your time, and you are missing out the important moments in your live, and the lives of your loved ones, it is time to stop and evaluate your priorities. If you and your loved ones are more important, then you should take action. Jobs may come and go, but time never comes back. If your lack of time is jeopardizing your relationships with your significant others, and no arrangements can be made at your current job, start looking for job opportunities at companies that offer a healthy work-life balance.
When there is no room for personal or professional growth: Like Albert Einstein said “once you stop learning, you start dying.” When you have reached the highest position available within an organization, and there is nowhere to go from there within this company, move on. If you have been doing the same for the past 3 to 5 years, and you know that if you stay, you could be doing the same thing for the next 5 to 10 years, start looking for other opportunities. You don’t want to become obsolete.
When your dreams and aspirations are bigger than your current job and position: When you know that you have a lot to give and right now you don’t have the opportunity to do it, trust your instincts. We all have unique talents, and one way to feel happier about our job and career is to be able to use those talents to earn a living. What is that you are a good at? What is that you love doing? Think about it. What would you rather be doing? Is there a way to earn a living doing what you love to do? Do some research and you might be surprised.
Quitting a job should not be taken lightly. It should be a resource on extreme situations, like the ones mentioned above. Whenever possible, it is always recommended, to already have another job opportunity or a clear plan about how you will earn a living before quitting your current employment.