Take a look at your day-to-day in the office and see if you notice any of these tell-tale signs that it may be time to leave your job.
The company’s future isn’t so bright. A recent study suggests that 71% of small businesses close their doors by year ten. If you can see the writing on the wall, it’s time to start your new job hunt. Watch for signs like employees having their hours cut, a sudden need for approval for even small budget items, or cut backs within the company.
You have a boss you despise, and he’s there to stay. If you head to work each day dreading any encounter with your boss, the position may not be worth your mental anguish. Consider whether your boss is looking to move on within the company or if he’s a 20 year veteran and plans to retire from that position. If you’re boss isn’t going anywhere, it may be better to take your skills elsewhere than to dread each day at the office.
Management refuses to deal with a disrespectful boss or coworker. If you’re the victim of workplace bullying, sexual harassment or discrimination, it’s a good idea to keep your eye open for other positions. Even if management says they’re handling the situation, you’ll likely be comfortable and more productive in a better environment.
Your work load has steadily increased but your pay has not. It’s one thing to take on a few special projects throughout the year that may require extra hours of work, but having a steady increase of responsibility without compensation makes for a hostile work environment. Extended duties are often distributed when a person leaves the company, and rather than fill the position, management delegates the position’s duties to other employees. If a conversation with your boss goes nowhere, consider finding a position that will pay you what you’re worth.
Your health is suffering. Whether it’s stress or the physical demands of your job, if your health is starting to deteriorate because of a career, it’s time to move on. No position is worth long term negative effects on your body.
No paycheck is worth sacrificing your health, your dignity or home life. If your job is beginning to affect you beyond the office, it may be time to move on.