When you hear about a lot of people all leaving the same company, you may tend to think that there’s something wrong with the organization. But what does it mean when people from the same generation are all planning to leave their jobs? Well, that’s what is happening with Millennials. In fact, a recent survey revealed that two out of three Millennial workers plan to quit their current jobs by 2020 — which is now less than four years away. There may be some signs it’s time for you to consider leaving, too.
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In some cases, it may just be time to go. You’ve been at a company for a long time and you’re looking to diversify your portfolio a little bit. Good for you: get out there and pursue what you love. But for many of us, it’s not so simple: and you might need a little encouragement to take that next step.
If you’re feeling discouraged about your current work situation, don’t just up and leave with no warning. But if you feel strongly that one of the following instances fits your present circumstances, you may need to ask yourself some serious questions.
There’s No More Room at the Top.
Not everyone belongs in the C-suite, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still move up the food chain. An article from Forbes points out that if you’re in a dead end job and you don’t feel like you can grow there anymore, it may very well be time to move on.
What qualifies as a dead-end job? While there may not be hard data to prove you’re in one, Forbes goes on to say that “dead end” jobs usually make it extremely hard to get a promotion, and the responsibilities you hold rarely — if ever — evolve over long periods of time. Talk to your manager if you feel like you haven’t been able to grow. Express your concern gently, and see if there’s room to fix it. If not, move on.
They’re Not Focusing on Your Area of Interest.
If your company can’t accommodate your professional development, it’s hard to find a reason to stay very long. When I quit working as an SEO copywriter on the West Coast to move to New York, one of my managers passed on the advice that I should be willing to take a pay cut to pursue the kind of writing that I really want to do in the long term. There’s no sense in wasting time with a job that can’t help you pursue your specialty when you’ve got multiple options. It will indeed take patience.
Check out this helpful article from The Muse on what it means to define and clarify your “career values.” If you can’t fulfill them at your current job, it may be time to move on.
You Can No Longer Support Leadership’s Decisions.
A survey conducted by Edelman in 2013 revealed that only 18 percent of workers in America trust their bosses to tell the truth. That’s a startlingly small number. And it’s a serious issue when you feel like your boss isn’t being honest.
A number of experts weighed in on an article from Madame Noire, and the common wisdom seems to be that if you fundamentally disagree with a company’s actions, or believe them to be unethical, it’s time to start looking for a new company. If you can’t support leadership, then you’re not going to be able to do your best work.
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What was the telltale sign that you needed to move on from your job? Still stuck wondering what the right move is? Is this writer just full of negative and dangerously impulsive advice? Share your advice and insights in the comments below, or join the conversation on Twitter!