At the start of a new year it’s hard not to take a more critical look at your career. Are you enjoying the role as much as you used to? Have your career goals changed? Have changes within the company altered your perception of the job?
Everyone has bad days at work – but sometimes they last longer than a day. The key is knowing the difference between a temporary work rut and something more permanent.
Here are five signs (that you might be missing) it’s time to quit your job.
1. Progression has become an issue
Maybe you’ve been promoted a number of times in the past, or the opportunity for promotion has never come up. Either way, it’s hard to stay motivated when you feel like you’re unable to move up in the organisation. It’s important to feel that you will be rewarded for your hard work, so when your ability to climb the career ladder stops or slows down, it may be time to move on.
2. You feel detached from your work
We all spend time at work thinking about activities away from the office. However, if these thoughts become a preoccupation or you find yourself imagining what it would be like if you were the boss, it might be time for a career change. When you start to lose focus on your work and feel like you’re on autopilot, you should look for a role that will demand your attention again.
3. The money isn’t enough
You may not have chosen your career based on salary, but money should still influence your decision. When you work hard, put in extra hours and take on new projects, you want your pay to reflect this. If not, you may think about leaving. Track the current market value for your skills, experience and location and see how your salary compares. If it’s falling short of the national average and you feel unable to negotiate an increase, start looking for a new challenge.
4. There’s a lack of opportunity to learn
One way to feel fulfilled in work is by learning new skills. By continuously learning things that are important to your job, you increase your value to the organisation and to yourself. When opportunities to learn within your company dry up, find other activities and opportunities to learn outside of your job. If you find those activities are taking you in new directions, it might be time to dust off your CV and seek pastures new.
5. Just thinking about your job makes you feel miserable.
Sunday night blues aside, if you go to bed every night dreading work and wake up feeling even worse, it’s almost certainly time for a new career. Of course, you’re not going to love your job 24 hours a day, but you want to spend more time loving it than hating it. After all, when you devote around 40 hours each week to something, you should be getting something back.