By Cole Schafer
Do you dread hearing the buzz of your alarm go off in the morning, knowing you have to work another 8-hour shift? Do you check your watch every 15-20 minutes, longing for the day to end? Do you practically crawl through the door of your home at the end of the day, feeling mentally and emotionally drained?
If you have experienced the pain of working a miserable job, you know as well as anyone that a bad job is like a bad relationship — painful, draining and destructive, though many might argue that walking away from a job is much more difficult than walking away from a bad relationship. After all, your job pays the bills.
So, when exactly is the right time to look for a new job? And what are the tell-tale signs that a job has just become … unhealthy?
Below you will find 5 reasons you should consider walking away from your job to pursue other more fulfilling opportunities.
5 Reasons to Walk Away From Your Job
1. You've lost passion, and the quality of your work shows it
You will find that when it comes to work, passion and quality go hand in hand. If you are passionate about the work you do, then you’re going to produce quality work … and when you produce quality work, you become more passionate and fulfilled.
If you dislike your job or have been working the same job for a very long time, you might find your passion begin to slip, and with it, the quality of work you are producing.
It is important to remember that you are getting paid to create quality work and to do your job to the best of your ability. If you don’t feel you are completing your end of the bargain, then it may be time to look for a new job.
2. You've outgrown your position
Are you the same person you were five years ago? Three years ago? How about one year ago?
As humans, we're constantly evolving, changing and morphing into someone slightly different, and hopefully something better. Life experiences, successes and failures are constantly making you stronger and smarter.
This concept is important to keep in mind with your job. It is very possible to outgrow your job as the years go by. If you find there is no more room to grow within your current position, talk to your boss about a promotion.
In some cases, you may find that you have outgrown the organization altogether. In this instance, it’s time to look for a new job somewhere that offers more of a challenge and room to grow.
3. You have an unhealthy relationship with your boss
Sometimes, it isn’t the work that you dread, but rather the boss you have to put up with on a daily basis. Make no qualms about it, just like there are good and bad jobs, there are most definitely good and bad bosses.
No, you don’t have to be best friends with your boss, but you definitely need to have a healthy, respectful working relationship in order to have a fulfilling work environment.
If you have a bad relationship with your boss, take a step back and ask yourself, “What can I do better to improve this relationship?” You need to have some self-awareness to be certain you aren’t responsible for the turbulence between the two of you.
If you can be honest with yourself and say your boss is the problem, it may be time to look for a new job.
4. You feel emotionally and mentally drained after work
You are always going to feel a little worn out after you get off work. After all, any form of work, whether mental or physical, requires some energy. But there is a big difference between feeling a little tired after work and feeling emotionally and mentally drained.
If you find yourself coming home from work five days a weeks feeling as though all you want to do is crawl in bed, then it is time to consider a job change. Not only is this no way to live, but it is extremely unhealthy and will eventually take its toll on your physical, mental and emotional health.
The Atlantic published an alarming article a couple of years back claiming health problems associated with high work stress account for more deaths than Alzheimer's Disease or diabetes. And yet it's the one thing of the three that you can control. Think about it.
5. You haven't received a promotion in three years
Here, it is really important to remember that every organization approaches promotions differently. But generally, starting out, junior- to mid-level employees get promoted every one to three years.
If you have worked for an organization for three years and have not received a promotion, before choosing to leave, take a look around. Have other coworkers in your position received promotions?
If everyone else seems to be moving up while you’re standing still, it may be a good idea to consider walking away or, at the very least, have a serious conversation with your boss about receiving a promotion or finding out why you haven't.
Armed with this perspective, we ask you again: Is it the right time to look for a new job? Only you know the answer to this question. It’s a big decision and often a life-changing one, so be sure to really take your time and think about what is best for you and your family.
If you decide it's time to look for a new job, then you've come to the right place — check out the positions listed on Relode. And good luck in your job search — life's too short to spend another day unhappy at your job.