Are you happy in your job? How to know when it’s time to leave

For some of us it’s very clear when it’s time for a change because we regularly reflect on how we feel about our job. How closely is my job aligned with my long-term goals? This is something we think about quite frequently. When we notice our job falling short of our long-term goals we instantly know that it’s time to make a change. But, not everyone is like that. Often, employees don’t realise they’re unhappy with their job until someone else points it out to them. To avoid being stuck in a job longer than you should be, look out for these signs:

You don’t like the people you work with:

You can’t expect to get along with everyone in life but when you spend 8 hours a day with people you don’t like, life can start to feel really tough. Sometimes, certain people make it really difficult for you to work with them. Whether it’s constantly putting you down, always creating tension, or just being negative too often, working with these types of people can make you really dislike your job. Leaving a company simply because of the people is actually something that happens more often than you might think. How well do you get on with the people you work with? When other people start to have a debilitating influence on your day-to-day job then you need to start wondering whether a change is necessary.

You’re really unhappy every single morning:

Most of us don’t love getting up in the morning and going off to work for someone else. However, I’m sure you can relate to certain days when going in to work felt like being handed a life sentence. It’s the difference between those two that can help you realise you’re unhappy in your job. No one is expected to go into work loving life, but there’s a difference between going in without heavy negativity and going in with an overriding feeling of unhappiness. You’ll know it when you feel it. And, if you do feel it then perhaps it’s time to start looking elsewhere.

Your job duties have changed or increased, but your salary hasn’t

If you’re given new duties and responsibilities to manage but the amount of money you’re paid hasn’t changed, your company may be taking advantage of you. When you joined you were most likely given some key responsibilities and you were offered a salary to fulfil them. If your responsibilities increase or change but your salary doesn’t then you need to start asking why. Perhaps there are legitimate reasons for such a situation but remember, if you’re asked to do more, you should be given more as well. Don’t have a knee jerk reaction and instantly demand more money. Prove you can manage the new or different responsibilities and then start to ask why your salary hasn’t changed. If you get nothing in return, perhaps that a sign you’re not truly valued in your company.

You’ve grown out of your current role:

Sometimes you will grow faster than your company can handle and be more ambitious than your company can manage. That isn’t something to feel bad about. We’re not all destined to grow side-by-side with one company our whole career. As much as you may love your job, your company, and the people you work with, outgrowing your role is sometimes a good reason to start re-evaluating your position. You’ve developed skills and experience over time and you’re ready for new challenges. Sometimes your existing employer simply can’t give you what you’re looking for. If that’s the case, don’t be afraid to start exploring new opportunities.

We’ve outlined some considerations to have when evaluating your current job and career path. If you’re experiencing one or more of these scenarios, it may be time to start looking for a change. Before you take any action, jot down the positives and negatives of leaving your job so that you can get an objective perspective. If the scales weigh heavily on the negatives, don’t be afraid to get your name out there and look for a new role – you deserve it.

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