I don’t know about you guys, but I would much rather prefer staying with one company than hopping from job to job every year or so. However, with Millennials and the younger generation, that seems to be the only case to progress in your career at a steady pace.
So how do you know it’s time to change jobs? There are some signs that you should probably brush up on your resume and make sure you have some business formal attire hanging in your closet.
You’re Not Happy With You Salary
For me, finances would be the biggest reason to leave a job. If I’m not making enough money to support myself, or I feel that I’m not being paid appropriately for my work effort, I will start to consider other options.
While finances aren’t the most popular reason according to various articles by mainstream media (you can read some articles here and here), I think people in their 20s and 30s might see money as a major factor as most of us are in some kind of debt due to student loans, or the cost of living is just too high.
Asking for a raise is the best way to try and fix this issue before leaving, though. However, just because you ask for it, doesn’t mean you’re going to get it. You can go in all confident, with data to back up your reasoning, but there’s nothing worse than hearing “you’re doing great, but it’s not in the budget.” Or, you’re give a raise but it’s so minimal that you don’t even notice it.
If you’ve heard that line more than a few times, you might want to consider leaving because it’s more likely you’ll never get that raise.
You’re Not Happy With Your Superiors
This can be anyone from your direct boss to you boss’s boss, to even the CEO or owner of the company. Bad management is listed as one of the top reasons people leave jobs, and I don’t blame those that do.
Micromanaging, lack of management, not being recognized for the work you’re doing (or they don’t understand the impact it has), and people sometimes just being a bitch can really put a damper on trying to get through your 8-12 hour shift.
Not being happy at work does more than effect your mood. It effects your productivity as well. Having a shitty boss is not going to make you want to put in more effort than what’s required of you.
If you think there could be a light at the end of the tunnel, aka this might be a fixable problem, try talking things out before jumping ship.
Related: 5 Stages of Underemployment
You’re Not Happy With the Environment
You could have the best job in the world, but if you have terrible co-workers or the environment you’re in is bad, it won’t really matter. You can only stay out of everyone’s way for so long. And by that point you’ll most likely be fed up.
Toxic work environments, cliques, or even bullying really shouldn’t be a thing in the workplace, but somehow it seems that the high school drama you dealt with way back when never really goes away. It just grows up and takes on a slightly more ‘adult’ version of itself.
If you’re dreading going into work that is my number 1 sign that you should consider changing jobs. There’s no point spending a majority of your time somewhere you hate just to pay bills. Stick it out until you can find yourself another option, then pack your bags and run.
You’re Not Happy With the Job Itself
If you’re not excited about everything you’re doing, that’s one thing. But if you’re not at least okay with what you’re doing, you might be in the wrong job or it’s time to make the switch.
If you hate what you’re doing, or you’re coming to resent what you’re doing, it’s time to take a step back and figure out if that’s the real issue at hand. Sometimes the other issues, like bad environment or bad management can boil over and make everything irritable, so double check with yourself that it’s actually the work you’re doing that’s becoming a problem.
If you see your responsibilities and role starting to change into something you don’t like, then I would have a good think about what you want to do. You could talk to management if you have a good boss and see where they want to go from there, or you consider looking for a new job.
You’re Not Happy With the Recognition (or lack thereof)
Apparently, according to all these articles I’ve read about, this right here is the number one reason people leave their current position.
And I have to agree with them.
If you’re working hard every day (or every other day, I don’t judge) and you watch as nothing you do gets acknowledged, or worse, you see others get acknowledgement for your work or doing their own things and you seem to get glossed over.
I think what’s even worse is you putting all your effort into things, but management doesn’t fully understand what it is that you do, so they see things as easy or not worth the time. There’s nothing quite like presenting a project you’ve spent hours on to management and them waving it off as nothing special.
While working for a paycheck is all fine and dandy, I think as humans, we need some sort of positive reinforcement that not only what we’re doing is right, but that we’re doing well at it.
I’m sure there are other signs out there that can be some early warning signs for needing a change of pace at work, but these are the few that resonate with me.
Have you ever had to leave a job due to any of these signs? Let me know in the comments below!
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