10 signs it's time to leave your job

To stay, or to leave? The following signs could help you make your decision.

Photos: ING Image
Photos: ING Image
12 Nov 2015

Photos: ING Image

Everyone has a bad day at work once in a while. But how do you know when it starts to cross the line? Take a look at the following signs that could help you decide if you should be dusting off your resume and keeping your eyes peeled for something better.

You’re absolutely miserable every morning
You’re absolutely miserable every morning
12 Nov 2015

You’re absolutely miserable every morning

Every so often there will be one of those ‘off’ days where you just don’t feel like getting up for work and want to call in sick. But if the alarm going off each morning makes you want to sob uncontrollably into your pillow, take a step back and reassess the position you’re in. Being constantly depressed, stressed or anxious about each new work day is something that needs to be dealt with.

You live for the weekends
You live for the weekends
12 Nov 2015

You live for the weekends

The only time you feel alive is during your free time, and never working hours. Monday is the most loathsome and hated day of the week. You’re constantly doing a mental countdown to the weekends, and you find temporary respite on the #humpday and TGIF – everything else in between doesn’t really matter.

You don’t fit in with your colleagues or the company culture
You don’t fit in with your colleagues or the company culture
12 Nov 2015

You don’t fit in with your colleagues or the company culture

Are your beliefs and values aligned with the company you’re in? Can you adapt to their social environment and interact well with the people who work there? Consistently feeling like an outcast will slowly sap away your morale, making it harder for you to stay, even if the job position was something you really wanted in the first place.

Of course, you got the boss from hell
Of course, you got the boss from hell
12 Nov 2015

Of course, you got the boss from hell

Even with the most cohesive co-workers, a stellar portfolio and a long list of company benefits, nothing can make up for a terror of a boss who constantly exhibits poor judgment and ineffective management skills, limiting your work. Think twice if you’re in this situation, because your superior’s behaviour will set the tone of your days and the rest of your working life.

Your close friends can see how unhappy you are with your job
Your close friends can see how unhappy you are with your job
12 Nov 2015

Your close friends can see how unhappy you are with your job

You know it’s reached a pretty bad place when your friends no longer ask you “How’s work?” and instead, go straight into “So, how bad is it now?” Being the people you spend the most time with, your friends can probably give a good gauge about whether you just had a really rough day, or whether there’s something else underlying all those bad vibes.

You’re insanely bored at work
You’re insanely bored at work
12 Nov 2015

You’re insanely bored at work

Your job should be challenging enough to stimulate you, not leave you bored out of your mind. Having a plateauing learning curve does nothing for you professionally and personally, even if you’re still drawing a pretty decent salary. Once you’ve learned all there is to it and it’s just a 9-5 routine to pay the bills, it’s time to get out of your comfort zone to seek new opportunities.

You can’t afford time for yourself
You can’t afford time for yourself
12 Nov 2015

You can’t afford time for yourself

Working one too many late nights and starting to look like one of the cast members from the Walking Dead? You need to either cut back on your hours, or look for a job that gives you more work-life balance: spending time with your family and friends, and also doing the things you love. Why work so hard to make a living, if you aren’t actually living, right?

You’re not being appreciated for your efforts
You’re not being appreciated for your efforts
12 Nov 2015

You’re not being appreciated for your efforts

All in all, you’ve been nothing short of a model employee: punctual, efficient, and an excellent team player who always produces results. However, it’s been five years of late nights and hard work, but you still haven’t gotten that promotion you’ve asked for. Your contributions and talents are going unnoticed by the right people, who are giving credit to others but not you.

Simply put, your heart just isn’t in it anymore
Simply put, your heart just isn’t in it anymore
12 Nov 2015

Simply put, your heart just isn’t in it anymore

The best part of the day is when you can pack up and leave work, even if you have nothing later to look forward to. Anything is better than being chained to your desk in misery! That spark in your eye when you first joined the company – gone. Instead of feeling spurred on to contribute to your company, all you can think of right now is how to survive yet another day.

Generally, you’re less than 70% satisfied
Generally, you’re less than 70% satisfied
12 Nov 2015

Generally, you’re less than 70% satisfied

The honest truth is that you’ll never be completely 100% happy with your job. There will always be an aspect that you won’t enjoy as much, and also plenty of ups and downs to deal with. Analyse the different parts of your work and make sure that there’s more positives than negatives, and that it lets you grow both professionally and personally at the same time.

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