Leaving your current job is nothing to be ashamed of. It's an option that should be explored as a viable solution to professional problems. Check out the following identifiers that may indicate that it’s time to jump ship.
1. You face an unbalanced risk : reward ratio.
What risks would be involved in leaving your job? Are they worth the potential rewards of your current career? If not, the time may have arrived to look for something else.
2. Apathy (yours) reigns supreme.
When you stop caring about missing deadlines or ignoring responsibilities, you may be approaching burnout. Dropping the ball at a job you care about should emotionally affect you and motivate you to do better. But when you have an epic screw-up, yet carry on like nothing happened and make no changes to prevent it from happening again, you will likely do more damage in the long run by hanging around.
For starters you may get fired for poor performance. Having a job while looking for a job makes you more desirable to recruiters, so your best bet is to get the jump on your search. Even if you’re not let go but continue to be dead weight around the office, you may burn bridges you’ll want to keep for the future.
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3. Your personal life has disappeared.
No matter how busy your job is, you should always take time to enjoy your personal life. Some of the hardest workers are involved in hobbies. But a draining job not only minimizes the amount of time you have to allocate to activities you enjoy; it also drains the amount of energy you have to put into them. For a job you love, you can often work a long day yet still have the energy to hit the gym, practice with your band, or partake in any other hobby you enjoy.
4. Your friendships with colleagues are nonexistent.
A big piece of employee happiness is the ability to have at least one colleague whom you would call a friend, someone in whom you can confide and build a personal relationship with. It’s important to develop these relationships because we are rarely perfectly happy at our jobs 100% of the time. When parts of the job are less than enjoyable, having friends keeps you motivated.
5. The company’s mission no longer resonates.
Companies, like people, evolve. A company achieves its goals over time fueled by team departures, additions, and epiphanies. That change may not resonate with your individual philosophy, which is completely acceptable. But if you find yourself scoffing at a new direction for the company, my advice is twofold:
- First, make sure you understand its overarching goal and strategy. Ask your manager or some of the key decision-makers for a quick meeting so you can understand the change in direction. There may have been pieces of the decision-making process they could not share in a public setting.
- Next, consider whether it is a plan you can fully commit to. Your role will be vital in executing the new vision. Performing work you consider half-ass will not only slow others down from executing the company’s mission but will reflect negatively on you.
You then have that final decision to make: Should you stay or go?
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