Odds are you’ve heard someone say “a job’s a job” at some point in your life. Firstly, can we talk about how redundant that sounds? Did you also know that a cat is a cat? Or that a beach ball is a beach ball? If you wanna be cynical, at least be clever about it.
The sad reality is that only 32% of U.S. workers are engaged in their jobs . To put that in perspective, imagine if two out of every three people you met were in unhappy relationships. Unless you’re Woody Allen searching for inspiration for a new screenplay, this would be a terrifying reality. So why should the workplace be any different? The decision to quit a job is never easy, but maybe some sage advice can help you decide if it’s time to walk out the door for good.
Sign #5: You don’t fit the company culture
The beliefs and behaviors that define a company are crucial to your happiness in the workplace. Things that might seem insignificant, like casual dress code or work-from-home policies, say a lot about what a company values. Level of autonomy, transparency, and work-life balance are all part of a company’s culture. A cultural fit often goes unaddressed until it becomes a serious issue.
When looking for your next job and trying to determine whether you fit in, make sure to check out These 4 Questions Will Tell You If You Found the Right Company Culture.
Sign #4: You’ve learned all you could
Look, school may be out, but that hardly means it’s time to stop learning. Your company should enable and inspire you to pick up new knowledge and skills. This desire to learn makes waking up and going to work a treat, and once you take that away, your job very quickly becomes a chore.
Make it a habit to check in with yourself to make sure that your job is helping you develop professionally and personally. If and when your answer starts treading “maybe” or straight up “no”, don’t be afraid to jump ship and find another venture to flex your brain. In the long run, it could be the safest bet you make.
If you want to flex your brain outside of work though, these online courses might be enough to hold you over until your next adventure.
Sign #3: Major layoffs are happening
You shouldn’t necessarily quit at the first whisper of layoffs. While you should be looking out for yourself, leaving the minute things get tough might not be what’s best for you.
That being said, you either want to have a serious conversation with your boss about your job security, or start searching for another gig — you know, just in case. And if things start to look really dire at the office, it’s double-time for your job search.
(And make sure you’re making the most out of your job hunt by asking yourself these questions .)
Sign #2: Your Opinion Isn’t Valued
When you’ve had a few years of experience, a good opinion can offer insight, inspire ideas, and create conversations. It requires critical thinking and the ability to challenge the status quo.
Without fresh and creative opinions being brought to the table, a company’s ability to innovate very quickly disappears. If your workplace discourages you from speaking up and providing input, do yourself a favor and get out. This is especially relevant if only the loudest and most senior voices are heard in meetings.
Sign #1: You have a toxic work environment
It’s the cause of most problems at the office and is probably one of the most common. A toxic workplace is hard to fix, and it requires a lot of work from the leaders of the company to change (and no one ever really wants to go through the trouble of bringing it up since it can get really uncomfortable).
It’s not worth sticking around if your physical and mental health are suffering, so the sooner you can get out, the better! But if you can’t just up and leave your job, check out our article on What to Do When You’re Stuck in a Toxic Work Environment .
Leaving a job is never easy, but if you’re heading off to greener pastures, then move forward and don’t look back. Taking a leap of faith may prove to be the best decision you’ve ever made, especially if you dread going to work every day.
Not everyone is in the right circumstances to leave their job though, so it’s up to you to make that determination yourself. But if you’re ready to make the move, Planted can help connect talented people like you with exciting startup opportunities!
Sean Newman is a 20-something YoPro just trying to figure out what to do when he grows up. At the moment, it’s a business rotational program, but who knows what’s next! He would struggle to name 10 professional athletes, but has seen most films on the IMBD Top 250. Current hobbies include learning to code, running, and making quasi-reckless financial decisions to travel.
Published with permission from Planted.
Original photo from featured image by Life-Of-Pix .