Although you don’t want to quit your job at the first sign of trouble, there comes a time when enough is enough. How do you know the answer to the age old question, “Should I stay or should I go?”
First things first: Do not quit your job without having another job lined up. We’ll repeat that, because it’s important. As hilarious and cathartic as it is to watch funny videos of people doing interpretive dances as a means of quitting their jobs, you do not want to join them. You can’t pay the electric bill with 15 minutes of YouTube fame.
That said, there are a couple of indicators that you want to start lining up your next gig. Among them:
1. You’re depressed.
If you now find it hard to get excited about the parts of your job you used to enjoy — or worse yet, feel the same sense of meh about your hobbies outside of work — it’s time to make an alternate plan. The sooner, the better. The longer you’re blue, the harder it is to motivate yourself to do something about it. (Need help? WebMD has a roundup of resources here.)
2. Your physical health is suffering.
Constant stress isn’t good for the body. If you notice your health taking a turn for the worse, especially if you’re under intense pressure on a daily basis, start looking for your next job.
3. You feel like the odd person out.
You don’t need to be best friends with your co-workers, but if you have nothing in common, you’re not going to enjoy your time at the office. And since most of us spend the bulk of our waking hours working, that’s pretty important.
4. You hate the boss.
Do you feel like the boss has your back? If not, it’s hard to trust him or her with your questions and concerns. That’s bad for both your long-term career path and your short-term happiness.
5. You don’t have much respect for the company or its products.
Your company doesn’t have to be working on a cure for cancer, but if you don’t believe in what you’re doing, you’re not going to be good at it for very long. The product or service is less important than how you feel about it. You deserve to feel passionate about what you do. If your current job doesn’t fit the bill, start thinking about ones that will.
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