Few jobs are absolutely, flawlessly perfect. But what if the thought of quitting keeps popping into your head over and over again? Should you heed the call? Stick it out? If you’re experiencing the following, giving your notice really might be your best option.
You feel relief rather than pleasure when you can clock out.
In a good job, you feel happy at the end of a shift, simply because you know you can move on to other things you enjoy. There’s uncomplicated joy in autonomy, and you don’t regret how you’ve spent your time. In a bad job, though, you’re overwhelmed with the sense that, somehow, you’ve only just narrowly escaped something sinister or depressing. You can think of a thousand otherways you could have spent the hours.
Everyone presents you with opportunities-except your company.
Good companies always want their employees to grow, learn and acquire experience and skills. They’ll find stretch projects, new roles, seminars and other options for you to explore. If the only people who invite you to try something new or who connect you are those from outside your business, your job might be worth tossing.
You speak words that are never heard (in the oflice).
Even though companies might use a hierarchal structure, you should feel respected and comfortable enough to present your ideas. If those around you ignore or dismiss what you say, it’s a red flag you’re fighting unnecessary prejudices that could stagnate your career. At the same time, it might be time to start putting in applications if you find yourself constantly complaining to your friends and family members about work issues once you clock out.
You rethink everything you say.
Put another way, you walk on eggshells. You constantly worry about whether you’re choosing the right words, delivering them at the right time or are talking to the appropriate individuals. And even after you speak up, you replay it all in your head thinking about possible repercussions.
Your health stinks.
Jobs that are a poor fit often translate to stress or have physical requirements that, over time, hurt the body. Aches and pains, trouble sleeping, weight gain or loss headaches and high blood pressure are just some of the symptoms that tell you your job is taking a toll.
You keep putting off tasks.
If you like your job, you should be excited and inspired to do your tasks overall. Chronic procrastination can be a sign that you’re not interested or challenged enough by what you’re given to do, as the brain is wired to enjoy novelty.
You don’t have a concept of endpoints, a vision or goals
When management doesn’t define the scope or purpose of projects and you don’t know what you’re really working for, it’s hard to feel a sense of meaning and purpose when you’re on the clock. It’s easier to be bored and confused, and conflicts typically crop up with high frequency, too. These issues can indicate that the company overall doesn’t have the clear direction that can keep the business around and support the long-lasting career you need.
You look exactly the same as before.
Dead end jobs give you little, if anything, to add to your resume even after months or years of work. You’ll be able to look back and realize that your schedule hasn’t changed, you’re still wearing the same type of clothes, etc. What does change are the faces around you as others realize the grass is greener in other organizations.
Changing jobs isn’t something to jump into. Even so, in many cases, it can bring better income, balance and satisfaction to your life. If you see any of the signs above, don’t rule out handing in a well-written, respectful resignation.