Quitting a job isn’t always straightforward. There may be benefits that you’ll lose by quitting and the idea of having to hunt for another job may seem intimidating. However, there could be instances where staying in a job could be more harmful in the long run. To help you decide whether it’s time to quit, here are 7 clear signs to look out for.
Your job is harming your health
You should never sacrifice your health for the sake of a job. If you’ve started noticing that you’re in pain due to an RSI or you’ve developed a serious illness from exposure to certain chemicals, it could be time to call it a day.
A good company should have health and safety measures in place to prevent such health problems occurring. If this isn’t the case, you should quit and possibly file a lawsuit. You may be able to hire a specific attorney such as a mesothelioma attorney to help win your case. This compensation could help to find you when you look for another job (as well as seeking medical recovery).
Some dangers cannot be guarded against by employers and you may have to simply weigh up whether it’s worth you continuing to take the risk. Work-related stress, for example, can be very harmful, causing headaches, exhaustion, muscles aches, and high blood pressure. Reducing this stress is something that only you can do – if you don’t think there’s a way of beating the stress and you’re starting to feel mentally and physically drained by it, your best option could be to quit your job and find a role that’s less demanding.
You feel undervalued
Another good reason to quit might be that you feel your work is being underappreciated. You may feel that you’re not getting paid enough or that you’re simply not being praised for your work.
You may be able to talk to your employer about how you feel. If it’s a case of not being paid enough, consider whether you should ask for a pay rise. If you feel you’re not getting enough praise, this could similarly be something to bring up with an employer (although you may want to approach the matter delicately).
If you don’t think these steps will work, then quitting your job could be the next best option. There’s certain to be another employer out there that pays more/offers the praise you deserve.
You don’t feel proud of your work
Sometimes it’s not about how other people value your work, but how you yourself value it. It’s possible that you may not agree with the ethics of what you’re doing anymore. Alternatively, you may feel that you’re simply not living up to your potential.
This is more likely to be an issue related to the nature of the work itself. It may be time to switch career entirely. Alternatively, it may simply be a case of finding a company with a more noble cause such as a dedication to helping the environment.
There’s nothing new left to learn
Some people are happy with doing the same task day in and day out without any progression or variation. However, most of us like to constantly be on a learning curve so that each day has a sense of progress and a sense of challenge.
You may be able to talk to your employer about taking on new responsibilities or being trained in new skills. If this isn’t possible and you’re frustrated with your daily tasks, it could be time to quit and find a job that allows you to learn again. This could be something similar to what you’re doing now or a completely different career path.
The company is a sinking ship
It’s not always easy to detect when a company is failing, but there may be some tell-tale signs such as constant cutbacks or bad customer reviews. Planning your escape route before things get too bad could be a wise move. Things could get more stressful as more cuts are made, making work all the harder for you.
The only time you may want to stick around is if the closure is certain and you’re likely to be offered redundancy pay. Generally, the longer you’ve been at a company, the more redundancy pay you’ll get.
Thinking about work fills you with dread
Many of us have a morning when we don’t feel up to work, but if you’re filled with dread to the point of wanting to call in sick, it could be a sign of something more serious. You may even find that you’re unable to enjoy your free time because the prospect of having to return to work is always there looming over you. This is when you know that your work is causing serious anxiety and depression – leaving your job could be a decision that’s long overdue.
Another job is calling out to you
Sometimes we all need a change. It could be that another career option has captured your interest, or it may simply be the same role you’re doing now but at another company. Before taking the leap, make sure that you’ve weighed up all the pros and cons of your current job vs the job that’s calling you.
Newly middle-aged wife of 1, Mom of 3, Grandma of 2. A professional blogger who has lived in 3 places since losing her home to a house fire in October 2018 with her husband. Becky appreciates being self-employed which has allowed her to work from 'anywhere'. Life is better when you can laugh. As you can tell by her Facebook page where she keeps the humor memes going daily. Becky looks forward to the upcoming new year. It will be fun to see what 2020 holds.