Published on August 4th, 2012 | by Amy Edwards0
5 clues it might be time to quit your job
By Amy @BubbleJobs
Sometimes it’s hard to spot when you’re in a rut – after all, everyone that’s part of the 9-5 ‘rat race’ is miserable, right?! Erm.. not really!
Yep, believe it or not, there are some employees who are genuinely happy in their job – and they’re not always the smug ones who just waltzed into their dream job! In 9 0ut of 10 cases they were just like you – stuck in an ‘OK’ job but they ‘manned up’ and made the big decision to move on from their boring role and bag themselves a new job that didn’t bore them to tears.
Inspired? Here are our top 5 signs it’s time to throw in the towel and quit your current job.
1. You have little or no motivation; OK, so on a Friday afternoon it’s easy to get distracted by the top 10 animal-themed Tumblr blogs you’ve just seen on Mashable or that hilarious picture of Boris Johnson your friend has just tweeted you – that’s totally normal – what isn’t normal is not wanting to do any work… ever! Yep, the more you like your job, the more motivated you should be to tackle tricky projects and strategies. Now, I’m not saying you should be motivated for the entire duration of your working week – that’s really not realistic – but you should be motivated for the majority of your day. If you’re not, it might be time to look elsewhere.
2. You’re ready to strangle your co-workers; OK, so no matter where you work or what you do, it’s highly unlikely that you’re going to get on with your co-workers all day every day. In a busy, high pressure office, flaws are amplified and things can get stressful pretty quickly – even if you get on with someone like a house on fire out of work, put them in the same office as you and chances are you’ll be ready to strangle them before 10am strikes. Now, while it’s OK and pretty healthy to have little arguments or tiffs with your co-workers every now and again, it’s not healthy for anyone to get into a full-blown slanging match day in day out. If your daily working environment is more stressful and fraught than an episode of The Apprentice, you may want to consider resigning… for your own sanity!
3. You have zero respect for your boss; Now, while it’s common for bosses and employees to have disagreements (particularly when it comes to pay rises and career developments), most employees and bosses have a healthy relationship that is based on mutual respect. If that sounds like you then that’s great but if you think your boss is an incompetent fool and it’s a miracle that they’ve managed to bag a senior position, you probably don’t have a relationship that’s based on mutual respect and it might be time to get out of there (particularly if you can’t see them leaving the company any time soon!).
4. You don’t get the respect you deserve: While light-hearted banter and jokes are part of most work places and can make the day go a lot faster, they can sometimes cross the line and cause big rifts between targeted individuals – particularly if it’s a regular occurrence. If you feel like you don’t get the respect you deserve in your work place, it can quickly lead to resentment and a bitter working environment for all parties involved. Sound familiar? Get yourself out of there!
5. You can’t remember the last time you had a ‘good’ day: Now, if you define the success of your week by how many ‘good’ days you’ve had and how many ‘bad’ days you’ve had, you could be in trouble – particularly if you can’t even remember the last time you had a ‘good’ day! Like I said before, almost no job is enjoyable 100% of the time but if you’re miserable for 99% of your working week, that can’t be good for your health or your sanity! Now, I’m not saying that you should quit your job if you have one ‘bad’ day – far from it – but if you’re really having a tough time at your current work place (and have been for a while), it might be time to see what else is out there!