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Is it time to quit your job?

Is it time to quit your job?
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Has the same routine, day in and day out, become tiresome? Are you craving a change?

Ideas like this pop up in people’s minds quite often. It’s okay. It might even be a sign that you’re prepared for a career change or need a change of pace somewhere else.

Leaving a job is not a decision that should be made on a whim. Still, people spend around a third of their day at work, so a job doing something they love and are passionate about can have a variety of impacts on physical and mental wellbeing. If you’re feeling unsatisfied or that your skills are going to waste, you might want to dip your toes into job searching.

To find out if it’s time, here’s a list of reasons you might want to change jobs.

1) You want career development

Jobs can be dull, let’s be honest, even the good ones. But the best jobs should always keep you feeling challenged and encouraged to grow. Your goals, purpose, and skills hold value when you enter a company. The last one is what you’re offering to the business, but your work should also tend to the former if you want fulfillment. 

Some people set out to climb the corporate ladder, honing their soft and hard skills to get to the very top. Still, sometimes it can be hard, depending on your company or industry. Perhaps you’re at the top of the game, but you haven’t accomplished your goals. Or maybe you should be developing your skills to apply to a higher position, but those aren’t being worked on in your current role.

Consider a lateral move if you’re feeling stuck and moving upwards isn’t on the cards. This could allow you to stretch your muscles and develop your skills within your same company, but even looking outside your current job can be helpful. Career development can come in many forms, and from all directions; the key is always to keep moving toward your career goals.

2) You achieved your goals

On the other hand, maybe all your goals and ambitions have been met. In cases such as this one, maybe your purpose has changed, and you may want to transition into something more challenging. 

It’s natural to outgrow things, even your job. It’s not arrogant or cocky to realize that you want something more than the company has planned for you. Maybe you’ve surpassed the role you were hired for and no longer enjoy the everyday tasks, even if you perform them excellently.

A thoughtful and grateful resignation letter is vital for a graceful exit from a company that has supported you.

3) You’ve burned out

With the Great Resignation looming over the workforce, the truth is that people cannot bounce back after two years of working from home and suddenly return to the office. Mental health is one of the most critical aspects of a well-managed work-life balance. If you still cannot find your footing after a vacation and a shift in responsibilities, you should consider an actual change in profession.

Put flexibility, more time off, or mental health services to help you manage burnout or imposter syndrome  on the table with current employers. After all, workplace happiness, employee engagement, and optimal company culture are crucial to retaining employees. Still, sometimes you’ll have to deal with the fact that something you once loved is no longer a good fit and move on accordingly. 

4) You deal with toxicity

You won’t find 24/7 happiness anywhere, not even in your dream job. Still, environments that drain your energy and make the mere thought of going to work a chore do exist and can be damaging.

A stressful work environment can be something that can happen over time or just be a mismatch of personalities in the office, but if you feel like you are stuck in uncomfortable circumstances, you should get out.

Look out for the symptoms of a work environment taking its toll on you and prepare to address the issues with management or start looking for a new job.

5)  You see greener grass

When you’re unhappy with your job, you’ll look for different opportunities that may be a good fit.

Career opportunities can knock on your door if you’re lucky. But maybe it’s time for you to look for things that match your needs and goals. Perhaps it is further challenging your abilities, or you would like the work-life balance of working from home, or just a higher salary according to your efforts.

A new job can renew your purpose and bring challenges that are suited to your abilities while making you grow and explore beyond your previously planned goals and limits. 

Leaving a job is not a decision to take lightly, but if you’re feeling like it’s time to move on, the best advice would be to thoroughly consider change by balancing your options, wants, and needs.

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