Can we all agree that a job is a vital part of our lives? According to the World Health Organization, we spend about a third of our lives working (if you have a normal, 40-hour workweek), so it’s important that we maintain this part of our lives and ensure that our jobs are providing the best set of circumstances possible. I get it; we can’t control everything. But we CAN control some things, including choosing the job that will benefit us the most in the long run.
Let’s back it up for a sec. Let me start by saying no job is perfect. But there are some things that you or others might be struggling with at your current job. And if any of the issues listed below are chronic issues, then it might be time to start looking elsewhere.
Below is a list of reasons why you might consider leaving your current job.
*Disclaimer: In no way am I telling people to quit their jobs because they’ve felt a little uncomfortable or upset a few times. I am simply highlighting some major concerns that many professionals have in the workplace. Please do not take my word as absolute. At the end of it all, you have to make the decision that’s best for yourself.
Lack of respect is a common problem in the workplace. This can include vulgar language and other bad communication, workplace bullying, harassment or physical violence. If this is something you struggle with and you notice your situation is not getting better, it might be time to put in your two weeks.
One of the biggest fears young professionals face is the possibility of getting “stuck” at their job. If we don’t see any increase, or if there aren’t any opportunities to move up the ladder, then we’re ready to move to the next job. If you’re currently struggling with this, it’s probably time to reconsider your current position.
Are you learning anything at your job? If not, then this may not be the job for you. Life is all about learning new things every day. If life hasn’t taught you anything since you’ve been at this job, then you’re only doing yourself more harm by staying there. How will you ever become wise if you haven’t had the chance to expand on your abilities?
Personally, this is a huge deciding factor for me. Of course, there are times where you’re going to have to put your passion aside if you need a job right now. But once you’ve been there a while, if you realize that you’re not passionate about what you do, then it’ll start to show through your work. Do you think you can be motivated to do your job if you’re not passionate about it? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!
Let’s just say you don’t get along with your team. Period. For whatever reason, there’s a huge amount of friction between you and your colleagues. Yes, as an adult, you must learn how to work with all types of people. But if your own team won’t even have your back, then it may be time to go. You all won’t get any work done if everyone hates each other.
I put this last on the list because I didn’t want this to be your biggest reason for getting another job, especially if you don’t struggle with anything I mentioned above. We can always make more money, and there’s always more money to be made. It’s a never-ending cycle.
HOWEVER, nothing in this world is free, right? And if you’ve been working at your current job for a while, and you’re starting to notice that your salary doesn’t quite match all of the work you do for your organization, then this is an easy decision. Go make your money!
Can you think of any other reasons it might be time to leave a job? Leave your suggestions in the comment section below.
Thanks for reading! 🙂