A good job is more than just a paycheck. A good job fosters independence and discipline, and contributes to the health of the community. A good job is a means to provide for the health and welfare of your family, to own a home, and save for retirement; said James H. Douglas, Jr. Your job should be able to enhance your skills, build your character, utilise your core skills but most importantly should give joy to you. Money shouldn’t be the prime factor of your work, you should have passion and zeal for your work that can provide you personal and professional satisfaction. But if your job becomes more of a headache and routine torture, you might have chosen a wrong path. Here’s how to tell if you should quit your job.
1. You dread going to work.
Your mornings start with staying put in the bed for few seconds and staring at the ceiling thinking about all the things you are going to face that you absolutely hate. You have to force yourself to get ready and head out because you’ve got bills to pay. Chanakya once said that before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions – Why am I doing it, what the results might be and will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead. If your work seems purposeless to you and you find no scope of your success, and if your workplace starts to seem more like your personal hell, then you need to start considering leaving your job.
2. You are stressed all the time.
You get so drowned in the work load that you that you can’t find a single moment of peace of mind, you are doing it wrong. People sometimes forget to live, while they are making a living. Working overtime to make extra bucks isn’t worth if you get no time to spend it on yourself and take a break. Your job shouldn’t become a leech that sucks life out of you. While some jobs require bigger commitments, but you should be able to find a little time for yourself, lack of which might lead to depression and anxiety.
3. You are not learning.
Your work should provide you with challenges and opportunities to grow and learn, without which it is meaningless. A job doesn’t necessarily provide growth opportunities every day, but once in a while, such possibility must cross your path for your improvement. Your graph of improvement should always rise and if it’s flattened, then you might need to move on. Having the chance to attend seminars, conferences, and meetings and participating in important decisions are necessary for your overall development. But if it’s draining you of your potential and you have nothing to do to support your personal interest, then that is your cue to think about your job.
4. You feel like an outcast.
If you are unable to fit in and the working environment operates in a whole different way and you feel like you can’t really work the way you are expected to, then you need to move on. If you feel uncomfortable with the firm’s beliefs and you can’t agree to the most of the decisions that are being taken, you might find it difficult to contribute to your full potential. It surely takes some time to adjust to the new environment of your work, but if you feel neglected and your opinions are not being heard, you should not stay.
5. Your skills remain unused.
You must have heard that choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. Those words hold some truth in them, if you aren’t enjoying what you are doing, then it may leave your potential untapped. If you aren’t being given assignments and tasks that require your skills and expertise, and your attempts to take more challenges failed and your work isn’t getting recognition, the work isn’t for you.
6. Your boss is pure evil.
If you have a boss who needs exorcism, you should be running for the hills. Sometimes your fate is playing you and you end up with a horrible boss that makes your life miserable. Overloading you with work and picking at you for no apparent reason and not giving credit for your hard work are some of the traits that such bosses possess. If you are in state of panic all the time, you shouldn’t think more about it and leave.
7. Your body is responding to stress.
If your body is complaining with the amount of work you have to do with deadly time limits, you should seriously listen to it. Anxiety attacks, weight gain, weight loss, headaches, sleeplessness are some of the signs of stress that you should not ignore. What is the use of a job that is slowly killing you? A healthy mind and body is essential to succeed in life. And you should not ignore the consequences of stress that your body is reflecting because of your job. If you are suffering from health issues because you aren’t able to find the time to take a break and if your work affects your health to the extent that you forget what it’s like to be healthy, consider other options.
8. You lose yourself.
Your work should not hamper you from being happy, if you enter the state of melancholy and you seem to lose your spark, the job is not meant for you. Your work starts to seem more like a burden to you and you are constantly fretting about your work and you can’t find happiness in what you do, it is the sign that you are losing yourself to your work. Instead of living, you find yourself brooding all the time and merely surviving, it is time for you to explore other opportunities. Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.
9. You are experiencing illegal behaviour.
If you are facing sexual harassment or bullying or verbal abuse, don’t stay. The job is not worth anything if you are being harassed at your workplace. Harassment can lead to lower self esteem, self confidence and your life can turn into a misery. It affects your work and and may lead to depression. While you may resort to issue complaints against those who trouble you, but if your complaints are not being heard, you should start making a list of other jobs you can take. As they say, bearing crime is a crime itself.
10. You are not getting feedbacks.
Feedbacks are really important to improve your work standards. Regular feedbacks should be given based on where you are lacking and what areas can be improved to maximise your outcome. Your seniors owe you to provide you with feedbacks to help you move up the organisation and grow as a professional. If your job lacks proper feedback and guidance system, it will lead to your downfall and instead of growing you might be going the other way. The best management is the one that provides timely feedback with needed support to help you rise and perform better than the last time.