Should I Stay or Should I Go? Part 2

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By: Marie Donlon


Probably the biggest indication that it might be time to look for a new job is being unhappy in your current job. Your job isn’t exclusively the function you perform for the company. It is a number of linked factors: comfort with the company’s overall objective, opportunity for growth, atmosphere and treatment as an employee are just some of the factors that influence your feelings about your job. If any of these areas suffer, it should give you pause.

Whether it is dissatisfaction with the position or the company, it isn’t likely to improve. However, before you start sending out resumes, make sure to consult higher-ups about your dissatisfaction. If you are met with silence, then you can polish up your resume.


Another clear sign that you should consider employment elsewhere is anytime you have been passed up for a well-deserved promotion. Maybe your company doesn’t often promote from within or you have lost favor with a powerful decision maker; no matter the reason, if after years of loyalty and hard-work, you are passed over for promotion after promotion, it’s time to find out why. And if the answer doesn’t satisfy, it might be time to move on.

Unequal Pay

While we are on the topic of pay, it should also be noted that if, by mistake — because we all know companies frown on their employees knowing other employees’ pay rates — you discover what the person next to you makes for doing the same job as you do and they make a substantial amount more than you, it is time to have a discussion with your manager, supervisor or HR representative.


If the frequency of people leaving the company is jarring, or the number of people actively looking for work outside of the company is a well-known fact, it may suggest a larger issue within the company if everyone else feels it as well. Look around you. Are people running for the door? Whenever there is a mass exodus, make sure to assess whether you want to go down with the ship or not.


A company undergoing a restructuring is not always a sign of doom. However, if you have had five different bosses in as many years or everyone you work with has had several different titles or departments under the restructuring, it might suggest a much larger issue. A company without clear direction can only mean bad news for its employees as it circles the drain. Get out now.

Some other signals that your company is in trouble: suddenly management approval is necessary for minor expenses, an increase in closed-door meetings, upper management departures, and layoffs, and recent mergers and acquisitions.


Though we all worry about how to allocate our paychecks, if it is a weekly or bi-weekly struggle to survive on what you make at your current job, you may not be being paid a fair wage. Double check on the number of salary calculator websites out there to determine if this is the case. If you are, in fact, not being paid fairly, take the matter up with managers or HR.


If there are openings in your company and you withhold that information from job-seeking friends, it may be a sign that you are not happy with your workplace. Sure, it could also mean that you are not so keen on working with a friend, but the likelier scenario is that you are either protecting that friend from your day-to-day misery or you are somehow embarrassed by the company; either reason should be cause for concern.

The Sunday Blues

If the Sunday blues have become something that no longer resemble the Sunday blues, it is definitely time to reflect. Simple grief over the weekend that was is completely normal. I don’t know anyone who likes to see the weekend end. But what isn’t normal: crying uncontrollably and throwing tantrums at the mere mention of Monday could be problematic.


Perhaps you were hired as a fresh-out-of-college twentysomething gifted with both enthusiasm…and a functioning metabolism. Flash-forward several years and you are now a thirty-something still struggling to make it through the ranks not far from where you started. While your enthusiasm may be waning (certainly by now your metabolism is), you are no less a productive member of your team. So why aren’t you trusted with more responsibility or better opportunities? The answer may be that your boss still possibly sees you as that fresh-faced twentysomething, all green, and well, slightly incapable…no matter how many big projects you have successfully helmed. Chances are this will go on for the remainder of your time employed there, waking up one morning to discover that your boss still calls you — a fortysomething capable employee — kiddo.

If after expressing your concern to your boss and you are unable to change his or her perception of you, consider this the perfect time to set out on a job search.

But remember, when it is time to leave the company, no matter what the catalyst, make sure to leave on good terms without burning bridges or gloating as you run for the exits.


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