It’s normal not to like your job, but if it’s sucking the life out of you or making you depressed, you need to consider finding a new job or career path. Don’t get too comfortable with a job you truly hate and stop making excuses because 5 years down lane, you will regret it. Here are 8 signs it is time to quit your job.
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1. You literally dread to go to work
No matter how many alarms you set on your phone, you still cannot bring yourself to get off the bed. The very thought of going back to work after a short weekend makes you feel like crying. Sometimes it feels like school all over again and heading towards your desk seems more like entering a dark dungeon.
2. You keep making excuses to stay
You have bills to pay. You want to wait for next year’s bonus. You have responsibilities. You have no time to look for other jobs. You’re too old for a career change. Things will get better, eventually. It’s hard to find a job these day. Any of it sounds familiar? You won’t know until you actually try and the longer you wait, the harder it gets.
3. You don’t feel motivated
Nothing motivates you at work. Not your immediate supervisor, nor your job scope, nor your environment. You keep looking at your watch and sulk when you realize you still have a few more hours until you get to leave. Sometimes you feel glad when work piles up because it would make time go by faster. You’ve lost all the spark you used to have and all you can think about is home.
4. You’re not learning new things
You’ve been doing more or less the same stuff for years. You’re not given new tasks that can broaden your horizons. You don’t get to attend trainings that could help widen your knowledge. There’s no opportunity for you to challenge yourself. You feel stuck and uninspired because you keep doing the same things over and over again.
5. Your boss treats you unfairly
Your boss does not trust you enough to make important decisions, back you up in times of need, or give you any opportunity to grow. They take all the credit even though you did most of the work. When it comes to yearly performance reviews, all you hear is a list of ‘buts.’ They don’t care how much time and energy your work involves or actually know what you do day in, day out.
6. You’re not appreciated
No matter how much effort you make or how many extra hours you spend trying to get things done, you still feel invisible. You don’t get any form of recognition for your hard work. You’re underpaid. You’ve been stuck with the same position for years and your career path seems bleak. You’re only the center of attention when something goes wrong.
7. You feel stressed most of the time
You’re overworked. Nothing about your job gives you joy. Not your daily tasks, nor the people you work with. Your job doesn’t give you any sense of satisfaction either. Instead, all you get is a lot of headaches, tension, and anxiety. If it comes to a point where it affects your health, move on to something else. It doesn’t mean you’re a quitter. It just means you value yourself more.
8. You’re not performing at work
When you’re truly unhappy with your work conditions, your productivity will tend to decrease. You seek for distractions to de-stress. You find it difficult to concentrate. You need a whole hour to settle something that used to take you a few minutes. You’re only doing your job for the sake of it and you no longer bother to go the extra mile.
If you’re not happy with your job, you have to stop whining and start making changes. It might be overwhelming at first, but better things will come if you take the time to look for it!