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Signs You Need to Quit Your Job

Having a bad day at the office is a common occurrence for a majority of working professionals. It is, in fact, quite normal for even the happiest of employees to have an off day every once in awhile. The question of unhappiness and dissatisfaction in the workplace only comes into consideration when there is an imbalance between the good days and the bad. If you are wondering whether or not your current job is right for you, here are some warnings signs to watch out that you may need to quit your job soon.

You have a bad relationship with your manager. The days of having to cope with a terrible boss are, more or less, long gone. What may have been common a couple of decades ago is no longer acceptable. The expectation is now that a relationship between a manager and his/her team should be one of mutual respect and collaboration, with research proving the benefits and resources available to help cultivate such relationships. While you are not expected to have a strong friendship with your manager or even to agree all the time, you should at the very least feel comfortable interacting and working with one another. No matter what the issues may be that you have, either with your work or with your team members, you should be able to address it professionally and productively with your manager. If you cannot, that breeds an unhappy and dissatisfying work environment, which can take a severe toll over time if left unchecked. If a respectful relationship cannot be forged, it may be time for you to look for work elsewhere. 

You don’t like your colleagues. Similar to having a relationship with your manager, you should be able to get along with your colleagues. In addition to getting work done together, having a friend at the workplace does wonders in relieving daily stress. Additionally, liking those whom you interact with on a regular basis increase levels of workplace satisfaction. If you just can’t seem to find a connection with anyone at your office no matter how hard you try, it might be the impetus for you to look elsewhere to take your talents and skills. 

You no longer feel challenged. Do you remember the first days of starting a new job? When everything was new and you were constantly learning, even if it was for something as mundane as how to submit expense reports? As you get accustomed to your daily tasks, that sense of challenge and learning disappears, but to continue to feel stimulated and engaged in your job, you must find new challenges. If you find yourself in too comfortable a position, find new ways to stretch yourself. Offer to take on additional projects or take the lead on new initiatives. See if your manager will sign off on your taking additional courses to further your skillset. You’ll find the new challenges a refreshing and invigorating way to renew your interest in your job. If there are no opportunities for growth or challenge, or if you cannot find the support in pursuing new ways to re-engage with your work, you may need to look at a new company for the stimulation you need.

You’re undervalued. While almost everyone in the workforce wouldn’t mind receiving a pay increase, we should all be earning a fair share of what our work is worth in the marketplace. If there’s a reason you’re getting paid less than average, there must be value given to you in other 
forms. Are you receiving shares in the company stock? Is there a significant growth potential? Do the benefits and perks offset the lower salary? Will the short term experience here grant you a better future job prospect? Don’t sell yourself short. If you deserve more than what you’re currently given, ask for more or find a company that is willing to value you at the right price. 

You need a drastic change. Sometimes our career paths run their course and just come to a dead end on their own. Or perhaps we allowed ourselves to be unhappy with our job for too long and now we’ve come to a place where you have nowhere to go. If you find yourself at a dead end with nowhere to maneuver your career from your current position, it’s time for a pivot. Consider the factors that led you to this point and figure out how you can get yourself moving towards a new, forward-moving direction. Where does your passions lie? What motivates you? Perhaps a new career is what you need to find job satisfaction again.