Sunday 21 October 2018

How to know when it’s time to quit your job

Alice Murray – Independent Jobs

Do you wake up every morning excited to jump out of bed and get ready for work? Probably not.

The sad fact is a lot of us are stuck in the wrong jobs. We settle for mediocre salaries, crappy culture and uncertain prospects in order to cut a pay cheque.

We work for companies that don’t excite us and spend years in roles that don’t quite fit our personality. Why? Because it’s easy, because it’s secure and frankly because getting a monthly wage is pretty handy.

Most of the time we don’t even know that we are are in a role that is completely wrong for us because we fail to ask ourselves the hard questions.

Do you have a little bit of Sunday night fear or is it time to call it quits? Here’s how you can tell the difference.

You’ve reached procrastination station

If you’re procrastinating more than you are actually working then you know something is definitely wrong. Everyone procrastinates on occasion. Maybe you delay writing an email until after lunch or decide to create that presentation tomorrow instead. This kind of procrastination is actually good because it allows you to work when you are at your most creative.

However, if you’re missing deadlines and cutting corners because your work isn’t engaging then you really should consider if you’re in the right position. At least some parts of your job should be more exciting than scrolling through Facebook or Pinterest.

The culture fit is all wrong

In a nutshell company culture is the personality of your organisation. It’s the values, beliefs, traditions and habits that make your workplace unique. It’s about so much more than weekly yoga classes and free snacks. It’s about the people that work there and how they interact with each other.

If you feel like a square peg in a round hole at your workplace then the culture probably isn’t for you. Perhaps everyone likes going for pints on Friday night while you would rather hit the gym or maybe your team isn’t sociable at all. Culture is a huge factor that shouldn’t be overlooked. It’s key to your career progression and more importantly, your happiness.

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You can’t see a future

Every job should be leading somewhere. They might not all be geared towards promotion but a good job should give you the opportunity to learn something, take on new responsibilities or tackle new challenges.

If the work you are doing today is the exact same as the work that you were doing a few years ago then you need to consider if you have a valid future at this company. Will it allow you to grow as a person and as a professional? If the answer is no then it might be time to start looking elsewhere. Life’s too short to be stuck in a dead-end job.

Money is a constant worry

It’s normal to worry about money occasionally, especially the week before payday. But if you are constantly fretting over your budget and how you will afford things like rent and food then it could be a sign that you are underpaid.

Speak up! Request an evaluation from management. Prepare reasons why you should be paid a higher salary and don’t undervalue your worth. If your company doesn’t agree to give you pay that is consistent with your workload then it could be time to call it quits.

Your gut is telling you to go

Your gut is your greatest ally. It always knows when something isn’t right for you. You might not even be able to put your finger on why you think you should leave your job. It could be the workload, it could be your boss or it could be the work environment. It could be a combination of factors. But if something deep down is telling you that this isn’t where you should be then maybe it’s about time that you started listening.

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