It's not always easy making choices about jobs. Since a lot of your livelihood has to do with cash money, it's pretty important to figure out how to make some. But just because a job pays well doesn't necessarily mean that it's making you happy, and when you boil it down, being happy is really the main goal in life. There are a lot of other things that go into happiness like stability, creative fulfillment, love, free time to do things that you feel like doing besides working, etc. If a job is keeping you from the rest of your life, it will start to feel super stifling and stressful, and that can definitely make you depressed and physically ill. Staying at certain jobs can also prevent you from following your dreams and living an inspired life. Only you really know what will make you happy, and even when you're pretty clear about it there can be a lot of fear involved in making a big change. Here are 15 signs that you're actually ready to leave to leave your current job.
15 You Cry Every Day
It doesn't matter how much you're making or how prestigious the job is. If you're not working as an actress and you still cry every single day at work, you might want to rethink some things. If you're getting berated or insulted on a regular basis and that's your typical work environment, you might think nothing of it... but an outsider would definitely not think that's normal at all. There are plenty of awesome companies out there who value their employees and know that the happiness of their team members is the key to keeping the business running smoothly. If you like your coworkers well enough but it's too stressful, you should think long and hard about that. Some people feed off of stress better than others do, so while everyone can benefit from a little kick in the rear type motivation, not everyone feels quite so driven when the pressure goes into high gear. Neither way is right or wrong. There are all kinds of personalities out there and not every person will thrive at every job.
14 You've Tapped Out Your Potential
It might be time to think about moving on if you've tapped out your full potential at a job. You've risen through the ranks and are making as much money as they can offer, there's just nowhere left to go. This is fine if you love your job and are happy with your financial situation, but not if you're hoping that any part of your experience or suddenly start to make you happy. There's a huge difference between wanting to leave somewhere because the pressure is too high and wanting to leave because it's too low. You might not be stimulated or challenged enough if you find yourself truly bored a lot while you're there. You shouldn't have to feel bored all the time, especially if you're doing your job to the full potential and committing to the tasks at hand and you're still bored. When that happens, you might be better off working somewhere with unlimited potential like in sales or something or a job that has a higher physical energy component.
13 You Have Money Saved
You don't absolutely have to have money saved up to make a job change -- sometimes the job change is going to give you more money, which is why you're making the change in the first place. But if there's an element of uncertainty about what's going to happen when you get there, or if you don't yet have a new job lined up, you definitely want to make sure that you have some cash at your disposal. If you don't have another job lined up, some financial experts suggest having up to six months of living expenses saved up. That might sound like a lot depending on how much money you make, but that gives you some cushion if you don't find another job right away, or makes sure that you have access to some emergency money even if you do. Around 26 percent of Americans don't have any emergency savings, which sometimes doesn't matter until it does. It's always better to steer on the side of caution and save up before you quit. But you can speed up that process up by spending less in the meantime. Cut out unnecessary expenses for the time being and you'll see your bank account grow.
12 You Have A New Opportunity
When new job opportunities come along, it can be hard to figure out whether they're worth taking. If you're unemployed, you would certainly take the new job offer since you wouldn't have anything to lose. But since you do already have a job, you feel like there's some risk involved in leaving that one and going to the new one. The new job could not workout, and then you would have even fewer options. But then again, you can't let fear alone stop you from making changes in life because there really aren't any certainties. You could decide to stay at your current job and then the business could go under next month anyway. The key is to make informed decisions and trust your intuition so that you feel the least regret as you go. If you feel like you'd really regret not jumping on a new offer even though your fate isn't certain there, it might be time to make the leap anyway. The worst that could happen is that you lose that job or want to leave and either return to your old job or find a new one.
11 You're Not Afraid
You definitely want to make sure that you're not leaving your job because you're coming from a place of fear. Maybe your current job is really hard which scares you, or there's a lot of learning involved that you aren't sure that you can handle. That sort of fear shouldn't be run from, because it's usually coming up in the form of resistance, as opposed to the type of fear that's signaling that something is wrong. Resistance to something that's potentially good generally means that you actually should do it. The resistance isn't there for people who have no emotional charge in the situation, but the fact that it's there for you means that you're coming up against something in yourself. The only way to get rid of that is to push against the resistance and do it anyway, and then you'll come out on the other side a way stronger person. Always look to see if there's a lesson to be learned in your current situation before you throw it out and move on.
10 You Have A Plan In Place
You've budgeted and created a real plan to quit your job -- all you have to do is figure out the right time. It's really and truly hard to find the right time. And sometimes your coworkers and boss/manager make it really hard for you to make a change. This can be true if no one has any clue that you want to leave your job, or if they know you want to leave and want to weigh you down with as much work as possible before you do. Quitting is sort of like pulling off a bandaid, you just have to choose a time and go for it even though it isn't the most comfortable experience. A little while later you won't remember that it was ever there at all. When you've already taken care of all the planning that is necessary for your move, then you're ready to go. This might have to do with money that you have saved up, the next job down the line, or securing investors the new business you're starting on your own.
9 Your Job Makes You Anxious
There's regular and normal job stress... and then there's full on debilitating anxiety. Most jobs have an element of stress involved because you're accountable for something whether it's another person, someone else's money or service, and you're expected to always do things right. But sometimes jobs cause real extreme anxiety which isn't motivating and it can actually be completely debilitating. This can manifest emotionally and physically. You might be more tired than usual, have panic attacks, feel dizzy at work, feel like withdrawing from other people because you're too stressed to add any more moving parts into your life, have a hard time concentrating, etc. If you have been consistently feeling off in comparison to your old self, don't ignore it. That's a sign that something is working right in your world. It might not be work, it could be your relationships, living situation, etc, but if you can pinpoint the change on your job then absolutely honor the fact that it's time to make a change.
8 You Hate The Work
Here's a good way to tell if you really hate the work at your job or if you just hate it because you're not at the level that you want to be. Look at the jobs above you. If you were to be promoted to a management position or even became the boss of the company, would you still hate the work? If the answer is yes, then think about leaving, because what on earth do you think you're working toward? If you're not just biding your time at a job you want to make sure that you would want to stay there in case you get the option to be promoted. Some people get caught up in the offer of more money and end up climbing up in a career that they didn't want to begin with. Of course there are worse things than being promoted, but the world would probably be a happier place if more of us were inspired by and happy with our jobs. Less road rage, general stress, etc. Some work just isn't ever going to be glamourous work and that's fine, but it should make sense to you. Some people want to be professional dancers while other people enjoy being garbage men. But swap them and they would both be miserable as well as probably terrible at their job.
7 Staying Seems Worse Than The Alternative
If you'd rather be doing literally anything else than going to work, then okay, maybe go do literally anything else. You could weigh the options back and forth for the rest of your days and still not be able to figure out what the best move would be to make, but if you really feel like staying is worse than any other alternative at the moment then you don't really have to be that picky about what you leave to do. Some people wait tables while they work on transitioning into a more secure business setting, but other people quit the business world for the increased flexibility and later hours of the service world. There's no right or wrong way to live, it's just what makes you happy. Not your parents, your friends, or anyone else who wants to judge your decisions and think they know best. If you would be happier walking dogs than reading scripts, who is anyone to say you can't. Maybe the dogs you need you. Who knows. Life can twist and turn like crazy, so don't get too caught up in the current societal standards.
6 You Wake Up Feeling Dread
We often think of work as a necessary evil, but good grief, there are so many jobs in the world. So there should be one or two that actually feed your passions and make you feel excited. Yes, it's possible to be excited to go to work, because it doesn't really feel like work when you like it. Of course, the element of responsibility never goes away, and sure it will be hard, but what isn't?! Think about how much hardship and responsibility go into your dating life. No one's paying you for that (probably) and yet you feel passionately about it so you don't care. You try and you fail and you keep trying because it's just what we do. You don't stay with the wrong guy just because you can, if you woke up dreading your relationship you would probably accept that there might be a better man for you. If you hate Mondays with a passion, but also Tuesday and the rest of the week, find a job that doesn't feel like a worthless duty. When you're doing the right kind of work for you, you'll feel good about your responsibilities, because as you handle them they turn into accomplishments.
5 Your Workload Increases But Not Your Pay
If you just realized that the reason that you've been feeling so bogged down lately is because you literally are, that can be a bad sign. On one hand the fact that your boss has assigned you more duties means that you're doing a job and are seen as a capable employee. Good for you! But since you're doing a good job you should also be offered more money if you are being given more duties. If all of the things that you are taking on now were listed in the job description with the amount of money that you're being paid, would you take the job? If yes, then fine. If not, then maybe you're being taken advantage of. Sometimes when companies are forced to downsize for financial reasons they end up firing people that have important jobs. Whatever is left of that work that still needs to be done has to be redistributed, and often that means handing it over to people like you. Watch out when lots of new work is added to your plate and your boss tries to make it sound like it's an honor. If you're not skilled in the task or don't feel like it's your job, speak up and ask for compensation or consider whether it's the place for you.
4 You Feel Like An Outsider At Work
But if there are plenty of places in the world where you feel comfortable and like you belong but are having a hard time fitting in at work, it might have something to do with the work culture and not you. Every type of job is going to have a different work culture, you can't be expected to fit into all of them. This isn't necessarily important if you don't have to work as a team, but if teamwork and collaboration is a part of the job and your morale just isn't there it's going to make your efforts suffer. It can take some time to find you place within a preexisting work structure, but if you've already been there for over six months and just don't feel comfortable with the people maybe you never will. Imagine being in school and being assigned partners for group projects. Sometimes it just doesn't go well, and you might end up slacking off because you can, or you might end up doing all the work yourself because no one else is up to par. You need to feel confident in the people around you to feel like your work matters.
3 You Can't Make Things Work With Your Boss
Bosses and employees aren't always the best of friends (okay, they never really are) because after all, it's their job to tell you what to do. They're your superior, so that can be a weird dynamic. A good boss will lead you in the right direction and right your wrongs without ruining your moral, but a bad boss is going to make you feel bad a lot of the time. Things can get really bad when a boss is a bully because you don't always know who to turn to or whether you should say anything at all because your entire job is at stake. Regardless of how your boss is treating you though you have rights that should be honored, and you should never be persuaded into keeping quiet or risk termination. Nor should you be bullied into making other decisions for the company that be seen as morally wrong or illegal. While it can be incredibly frightening to try and go up against a boss, the fact that you feel the need to at all probably means that it's time to quit the job anyway.
2 You're Tired Of Being Ignored
It can be exhausting to work at a job tirelessly and feel like you don't get any credit for what you do. If your ideas are disregarded or ignored, or if you do great work that is never acknowledged, then it's really no wonder that you're thinking about leaving. Sometimes people have the experience of pitching something that goes ignored or brushed off only to turn up as later as someone else's "great idea." The nerve. When you see that happening, don't ignore it. It's honestly better to be aware that you're being ignored because as soon as you realize that you deserve to be treated better you are well on your way to finding a new job that will do just that. Sometimes it takes a while to build up our self-esteem high enough to really know that we're worth more. Afterall when you start from the ground up there is growth and learning to be done, so most people aren't pros on day one and will be outperformed all over the place. But hopefully as your skills increase and you become a more competent and confident worker you'll also expect that you get treated as such.
1 Your Passion Is Gone
If you started out with a lot of passion at work, it can be confusing when it starts to wane. You might question it and think it has something to do with another element of your life, as opposed to the actual job. But we're constantly evolving (or we're trying to), and that means that we change. You just might not be the same person as you were when you took the job and you might have different things that bring you joy. It's not that you don't like the job or the people there, but rather your needs have changed. Sherry Lansing was the CEO of Paramount Pictures' Motion Picture Group, which sounds like a pretty rad job. But she even started to feel like the work was being way too routine and she lost her passion. She explains the feeling as follows, "You have done it and you know how to do it, and that's comforting. But if you repeat yourself, the highs aren't as high and the lows aren't as low, and you start to lose that passion." So if you can relate to that, it might be time to start job hunting.