How You Know It’s Time to Quit Your Job.

04 October 2017

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We spend more time at work than we do with our friends and family and your career is important so it’s imperative you never lose out on an ill-fitting role. Moving jobs is harder said than done and above all, it’s nerve-wracking with procrastination being one of the biggest delays in doing so.

As such, I thought I’d share 5 of the most common factors that made our candidates realise it was time to take the plunge.

Do any resonate with you?

1. You dread of going to work is changing your behaviour
Watch out for heightened dread that suggests you need to take action including an increase in your drinking habits to relax or block it out, losing enthusiasm for what you enjoy in your personal life, constant irritability, and ongoing fatigue. Chronic fatigue can be a symptom of your mind trying to avoid something or worse, that you are slipping into a depression.

2. Your manager isn’t giving you the opportunity to develop
Is your manager working projects into your work pipeline that will give you the opportunity to develop? If not, how can you grow? Is your manager giving you the opportunity to work on bigger projects that set you in good stead for promotion? If your skills aren’t being pushed…. your chances of climbing that ladder are going to decrease significantly. There are better managers out there who are more than willing to push you and give you a chance. Get out there and go find them!

3. Your productivity levels are dropping
When was the last time you worked quickly? Or were genuinely productive? Are your everyday tasks taking longer? Are you finding it harder to follow your work week and come up with ideas? Chances are you haven't got any slower in yourself, you've just lost motivation for your job.

4. You are worried your company is struggling to keep afloat in the market
If you have genuine concerns that your company is struggling or at risk of going under, it’s better to go sooner rather than later where you may be forced out and job search in a panic whilst the bills pile up. Watch out for factors like company takeovers and mergers, senior management departures, restructures and a withdrawal of company information from managers. Above all, listen to your gut. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

5. There’s no chance of a promotion
Hiring freezes, company talent that aren’t going anywhere to create vacancies and too many ‘company favorites’ who are in with the boss usually means there isn’t a realistic chance of a promotion for you anytime soon. Two to three years at a company is enough to try a shot elsewhere and new companies welcome fresh blood.

6. Your friends and family are telling you to leave
They know you better than anyone else. They can tell when something isn’t right by your demeanor. Ask them for their thoughts on how you are coming across or if they have noticed any negative change in your behaviour. If they are all coming back with similar feedback, strongly consider your career options.

When did you know it was time to leave your last job and what gave you the courage to do so?

Olivia Anton, Projectus Consulting.