10 signs to know it's time to quit your job14:14
We spend a large proportion of our lives at work and therefore, it is important to be happy with our work.
Here is a rough estimation of the time that a full time working professional spends at work.
Regular work hours: 8
Travel to and fro from work: 1
Time towards work as a percentage of time we are awake: 9/17 = 53 percent at least
There could be times when it is best to move away from the existing job to another one. In this article, we explore the major signs that indicate the probability that you should change your job:
1. When you stop learning in the current role
More of the same thing is not growth necessarily.
I remember what a senior person I know used to say... ten years of experience of the same work, without improving skills is not necessarily 10 years of experience; it could be 1x10 or 2x5 years of experience.
2. When the role is not of your choice
You work as a programmer but your passion is training. Whether you perform well or not in the former, I suggest that you get out of it and make a transition to the latter.
It is important that we do work that we are passionate about so that we enjoy it.
3. When you feel that you are not the right fit for the profile
This is a situation when you feel that you are not able to produce results as good as you could. It means that you are not at your best in this role.
After joining work, if you feel that it is not the right fit for you, you should change. I remember what a supervisor had said to his team member, "I would be very sorry to lose you but I believe that it is important to be happy in your job. So, if you are not happy, then you must move on."
4. You feel underpaid
We should charge what we deserve. If you feel that you are grossly underpaid, move to a different profile.
Of course, the condition here is that you should have the correct information about compensation as rarely anyone feels that s/he is paid enough; we could always do with more money.
At the same time, look at the entire gamut of opportunities that the organisation offers you -- learning and training, promotion and growth, onsite, role enhancement, business performance of the organisation and a realistic evaluation of the value that you add and can add to the organisation.
I remember a colleague who was given an onsite opportunity for over two years, which was not only highly lucrative but also wonderful from a learning perspective. Yet, he was disgruntled that he did not get promoted in less than one and a half year's time.
Since, the expectation was unrealistic; it only caused him stress, without any significant gains. My suggestion is to avoid such traps.
5. The company offers no extra training or learning opportunities
I recall the story of the woodcutter, who was very sincere and hardworking. He cut lot of wood every day. His employer was very happy with him.
With time, he gained practice and he started cutting even more wood. But later, gradually, his output started falling.
When the output became unbelievably low, his employer asked him what the reason could be.
The woodcutter had no idea! Then the employer asked, "Are you sharpening your saw regularly?" The woodcutter responded, "Where do I have the time to sharpen my saw. I remain so busy cutting woods that there is no time left for sharpening the saw"!
Don't let this happen to you. If the organisation does not facilitate learning new skills, you may want to evaluate whether you want to continue working there.
6. No clear career path
If the role or organisation has no clear plans for you, please switch jobs. It is YOUR career and you should know the next possible options for you.
7. Always doing the mundane job
Are you in the team, who always gets the mundane work while you have the capability to do better work?
Remember, that everyone needs to do regular transactional work but if it is only mundane work, then you should look at alternatives.
8. It is impacting your personal life
The boundary between professional and personal life has dimmed significantly. In all fairness, everyone gets 24 hours a day. We need to decide what our priorities are and spend this time accordingly.
If you happen to be in a job that is sabotaging your personal life (after you have tried all other options), it is probably time to move on. Of course, the assumption here is that you want a life outside work as well. It is another matter when all that you want to do is work.
I have a friend, who by choice likes to work 14 hours a day and has therefore chosen a profile, where he can do this. If this is the category you fall in, then it is fine. As long as you are happy about the work-life balance or the lack of it, it is fine.
9. When you feel the lack of respect
Without being excessively sensitive, if you feel that you are not being respected as an individual, please take the exit.
No matter what work we do and at what level in the hierarchy, we all deserve to be treated with respect
10. Are you excited to go to work?
The final question that you should ask yourself is: do you look forward to go to work every day or is it just a drudgery that you go through? If it is just a routine, then there is definitely something amiss.
It might not be the right job for you or probably you are not approaching your job with the right attitude, or some other factors. You are the best person to adjudge what the relevant reason is but whatever it is, it needs attention and action.