One day you wake up and realize you don’t really like your job. It could be your co-workers or your boss, or maybe the work just isn’t fulfilling. But there’s a difference between not loving your job and hating it so much you’re ready to quit. How do you tell if it’s time for you to move on? Here are a few warning signs to keep in mind.
If you spend every night dreading work the next day, you might be suffering from burnout. According to WebMD, burnout is “a form of exhaustion caused by constantly feeling swamped.” Light cases of burnout can be alleviated by a week or two of vacation, but if you really and truly just can’t handle the job anymore, it’s probably time to move on.
WebMD goes on to note symptoms of burnout can include the following:
- Unmanageable workloads
- Unfair treatment at work
- Confusing work responsibilities
- Lack of communication or support from managers
- Immense deadline pressure
If you find yourself suffering from burnout, ask yourself if the job is really worth it.
- Toxic Work Environment
Speaking of burnout, your environment definitely contributes to it. If your co-workers are constantly gossiping, or the company is starting to go under, you’re probably dealing with a toxic workplace. A toxic workplace is one with structural problems. This could be for a number of reasons, from nepotism to uncertainty regarding the future of the company. Essentially, if you find yourself more worried about fellow employees trying to sabotage you than the work itself, there’s a problem.
- Lack of Career Advancement Options
You should never feel stagnant in your career. Ideally, you want to move up in the company over time. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to stay where you’re at position-wise, but the potential for promotion should always be present. If there’s nowhere to move up with your current company, you might be ready to look at other options.
Have you ever moved on from a job? What caused it? Let us know in the comments section below!