It’s natural to feel like you hate your job at times. The stress can pile up before it eventually comes down again, co-workers have spats that are soon forgotten, and eventually the weekend or annual leave comes and you feel rested enough to deal with it all. However, when it doesn’t seem to be getting any better, it’s time to put some serious thought into whether or not you can be happy at your job until retirement. If you are dealing with any of the things listed below, and they haven’t improved for a while, it’s time to consider leaving your job.
You’ve been getting sick more often. While there are a wide number of reasons why you keep getting sick, if you’ve already looked at your lifestyle and home, you may finally have to consider that your job is the cause of your illness. Your physical health is a good indicator of your mental health. If you’ve noticed an increase in headaches, frequent colds, or other symptoms of chronic stress, it may be time to remove yourself from the cause.
You’re less productive. When your passion for your task is low, or you’re just bored by the lack of stimulation, your productivity drops significantly. You used to have drive and a determination to complete your tasks in a timely manner, but now you’re spending more time browsing YouTube or checking Facebook. This is definitely a good indicator that you need to be doing something that you find mentally stimulating.
You don’t get on with your co-workers. Difficult people do exist, and you would be hard-pressed to find a work environment that didn’t have a single tough colleague. However, there is a fine line between professional differences and workplace bullying. If your boss and co-workers have turned the workplace into somewhere you don’t want to be, and you have tried everything in your power to improve the situation, you may need to make the decision to leave. If your dissatisfaction with your job is causing more tension in the office, you should definitely consider looking for a new job while you can still part on good terms with everyone.
You’re not sleeping enough. Despite what you may have come to believe, it is not normal to dread Mondays to the extent that you lose sleep over it on Sunday night. Consider that if you did like your job, you wouldn’t be waking up in the middle on the night worrying about it.
You dread going into work. Do not convince yourself that the dread you feel about going into work can be ignored or passed off as something else. If you genuinely do not look forward to going in every day, it is time to quit your job.
You’re already looking for a new job. You may think that you’re just ‘window-shopping’ or ‘fantasizing about what you be’, but if you’re browsing on job sites, chances are you’ve already made up your mind that you’re not going to be at your current job much longer.
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