Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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By: Marie Donlon

You are comfortable there; you know what the job entails; you value your benefits; you are afraid of trying something new. No matter what it is keeping you at your current job, consider some of the following signs that it is time to look elsewhere.

Boredom

If your work no longer challenges you or you can do your job with little to no thought, it might be time to consider finding a new position. When you find yourself searching the internet for anything not related to your work, it is a pretty sure sign that your work no longer stimulates you. Find out if your boss can add to your responsibilities or let you take on other challenges in the company. However, if you are met with resistance, let this be a call to start looking through the want ads.

Similarly, if you are no longer learning anything on the job, you are no longer growing. Seek out opportunities within the company for growth. If you can’t find trainings or opportunities for career development, contact your boss. If you are met with resistance or indifference, it might be a signal that the company has little interest in your future with the company.

Skills Are Ignored

You were initially hired for a specific task and that task may or may not include a skillset that you already have. If a significant amount of time has passed and you aren’t encouraged to use that skillset, consider if a job search is on your horizon.

Exhaustion

Are you often tired or worn out after a day at the office? A major signal that it might be time to leave your job is when you start “feeling” your job. Although fatigue is a common by-product of a high-energy, deadline-driven workplace, work shouldn’t constantly interfere with your sleep or constantly sap your energy.

Similarly, work should not make you ill. If you find that you are constantly fighting symptoms, make sure you aren’t just run down from the day-to-day nonsense of your position.

Feeling Overwhelmed

If even the simplest project overwhelms you and the thought of all that will need to go into completing the project stresses you out, consider taking a step back and assessing whether or not the work is worth the stress.

Never Able to Please the Boss

Despite the number of hours you work or the variety of projects you take on, you can’t ever seem to please or impress your boss. Instead of being met with praise or a simple thank you, you are instead expected to take on more—a sure sign that you are being taken for granted and unlikely to ever please your boss.

Work-Life Balance

Having a different vision of what a work-life balance is may be a signal that it is time to take stock in your future. If your company demands more time traveling, which encroaches on your time with family, it could be an indicator that your goals are not aligned with the company’s goals.

The Future

Where do you see yourself in a year? If you can’t envision a future with the company, not even in the short term, then it might be time to reassess.

Likewise, if you have been with a company for some time — experts suggest more than three years —and you haven’t experienced any movement in the company, it might be time to have a discussion with your manager. Additionally, another indicator that it might be time to have that discussion would be if you haven’t been assigned additional responsibilities or received increased compensation — experts advise that one of those events should occur no more than 18 months after you begin work under that title. If they do not, and a discussion with your boss hasn’t resulted in any changes, consider looking around at what else is available in your field.

Goals

Every company has some objective. It is the reason that businesses exist in the first place. If you disagree with or are uninspired by your company’s ultimate objective, look for a position in a company with which your goals are aligned. If you are not driven by a desire to help your company achieve that goal, you will likely be stuck in a pattern of frustration and experience feelings of indifference. Without motivation, you won’t experience growth in that company, creating an unending cycle of professional dissatisfaction.

Check back next week for even more tips from part 2 of Should I Stay or Should I Go?