How do you know when it is time to quit your job? This isn’t about those work situations which will all know aren’t right; poor pay or bullying bosses. It is the slow, steady frustrations, that lead to indifference and a job you really don’t enjoy. All the signs are there that you are ready to leave, but the fear of change, self-doubt or simply being comfortable, means you stay in a role, outstaying your “working welcome”.
Sometimes it takes a while for you to join the dots. By focussing on the day job, balancing work and a family, means opportunities pass you by that could create the work-life balance and career path you really want.
If any of these seem familiar, then it may be time for you to look for another job!
You aren’t being heard
It doesn’t matter what you say or how you say it, you don’t feel listened to. This could be colleagues, managers or senior staff. Your issues are ignored or ideas are stolen. You simply don’t feel valued.
It’s making you ill
Stress is subtle, but it creeps into all areas of your life. It may be draining your energy, impacting your sleep or leading to that anxiety fuelled “dread”. Work-life balance is just as much about your wellbeing as your time.
Your “Why” doesn’t match
The values of the company and your “why” doesn’t have to be an exact tie, but if you find they are moving in opposing directions, it’s time for you to move away!
You just don’t care anymore!
When you are established in a career, elements of a role do become routine and feel easy. However, if you lose the desire to deliver good work, or to connect with your colleagues and clients, then it is this is a warning sign!
There is no stretch
There are no opportunities to learn or expand your skills or career progression. No chance to learn through training or new roles; it is no surprise that challenge is linked to levels of motivation.
Do any of these sound familiar? If they do, DON’T PANIC! Before you quit, these are first three steps you should take.
1. Talk before you walk.
If you are in career limbo or overwhelmed with work, then please talk to your Manager or HR before you move on. In my experience, there are some things that can be changed with an action focused conversation; secondments, flexible working request or training may give the opportunity you deserve and bring the spark back to your business.
2. Understand why you are leaving
Make sure you know WHY you are leaving to make sure the next opportunity meets what you need. Having this insight will help you find the next role and ensure you don’t duplicate any wrong moves! Do you want more flexibility, responsibility, culture or role? You can use this in your job search and interviews.
3. Make a plan
What will you do? By when?
How will you do it?
Who do you need to tell?
Who can help you?
Don’t forget, work isn’t something to be endured, but something to uplift you, make you feel valued and full of purpose. If it doesn’t, maybe it’s time to take control of your work-life balance for good!
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