Everyone has a bad day every now and then, regardless of whether they have their dream job or not. But how do you know when it’s really time to leave your job for good?
Choosing to leave can be a nerve-racking decision, but staying in a bad job can be detrimental to your career, mental health, and over time – kill your passion.
That’s why making the right choice is extremely important. Luckily, there are some key indicators that suggest it is time to pursue a new venture.
1. You dread going to work
Monday blues are normal, we enjoy the weekends and the time we have free to spend with our loved ones. However, if you’re dreading going to work everyday and you can’t remember the last working day you enjoyed, it is time to look elsewhere.
2. Lack of development
Nearly two-thirds of employees say a lack of career development with their current employer would be enough to make them start looking for a new job, according to research published by Penna.
A company’s key asset is their people, employees should be continually developed. Whether this is offering a formal clear and concise action plan, or informal short but often feedback sessions.
If you cannot see a path to progression, or you are not offered any form of training to improve weaker areas, then you are not being invested in.
3. Bad culture
A bad culture can really demotivate loyal, hardworking employees. Simple signs of a bad culture include; negative mentalities towards work, bad mood’s throughout the office, regular complaining about the organisation, office cliques, lack of trust from management.
The average person spends 1/3 of their life at work, therefore it’s safe to say your job can make a huge impact on your quality of life.
4. Your skills aren’t being utilised
Are there skills you’ve acquired or a new talent you’ve discovered that hasn’t been put to good use or even been acknowledged?
This could be completing a course, certification or training in an area that could benefit your employer. These new beneficial skills should encourage an employer to give you further responsibilities.
If it hasn’t at least been recognised, your employer isn’t paying attention and you’re being underutilised.
5. The thought is a reoccurring one
No one should leave a job sporadically, especially not in the heat of the moment, it should always be a well thought out decision.
However, if the idea of leaving your employer is a regular thought, perhaps it is time to assess the situation and listen to your gut.
There are lots of points to consider when leaving your job, however If you’re facing the majority of signs, make sure you’re prepared. It’s important to leave a job professionally and to not burn your bridges.
It is also important to not leave yourself exposed, by ensuring you have another opportunity on the horizon if you have financial commitments.
If you would like to discuss new job opportunities, don’t hesistate get in touch with someone from our team 0203 693 9000.
– Ashleigh Hamilton, People Manager at Knowit.Browse our jobs