Sometimes it’s obvious when you should make the potentially life-altering decision to change jobs. You’ve considered the pros and cons of your position and explored all possible solutions to problems. You know it’s not going to get better.
If you’re unsure whether to move on, though, it’s trickier. To better assess your own situation, I recently shared 10 reasons to leave in a Psychology Today article. Here’s a quick overview of each one:
- Going to work is a challenge. Work has become a grind that saps your energy – even as you practically have a caffeine drip in your veins.
- Your skills are underutilized. Attempts you’ve made to assume a more challenging role or take on new assignments have been dismissed.
- You feel like you’re fighting a losing battle. At the end of the day, you feel like you haven’t accomplished anything.
- You’re not learning anything new. You feel you’ve outgrown your job and there’s no room for advancement or growth.
- You have little sense of trust. You don’t trust your boss or employer.
- You aren’t fairly compensated. Over time, you’ve taken on more responsibilities or learned new skills that have benefitted the company, but your paycheck is stagnant and doesn’t reflect your added value or current market salaries.
- Your job or boss is making you emotionally or physically ill. A boss’s poor management skills or challenging attitude doesn’t just affect your time at work; it can impact your personal life.
- You have little work-life balance. Being connected to work is a sign of the times, but if a 24/7 leash is endless, it can take its toll.
- You’re simply unhappy. It could be for many reasons, but if you’re miserable, don’t know why you’re there or what you like about your job, then dig deep into what you’re really passionate about.
- Downsizing is on its way. If the boat is sinking, get ready to look for calmer waters.
For the full article on the reasons you should consider greener pastures, check out Should You Leave Your Job?