Staying in a bad job for too long can be very harmful to your career. If you’ve tried everything you can think of to make things better and haven’t seen any big changes, it may be time to move on.
Choosing to leave a job can be a gut-wrenching decision. Here are some clear signs that it’s time to move on.
The company is circling the drain
If you’re worried about your company’s health, there’s a good chance you’re right. Watch for clues, like suddenly needing management approval for even minor expenses or an increased number of upper-management departures.
If you suspect that the business is in trouble, it may be time to leave.
You’re out of the loop
Does it seem like you’re always the last one to hear about what’s going on at work? If you’re left out of meetings that could mean that your bosses just see you as a body filling a desk, rather than as a valuable contributor.
That’s bad news for your career and may mean it’s time to leave.
You know more than your boss
It’s frustrating to work for someone you believe to be less skilled or knowledgeable than you are, but the real issue is deeper than that.
If you can’t trust your company’s leadership to make good decisions and steer the ship in the right direction, you’ll be living in a constant state of anxiety.
And, if you’re right that your bosses don’t know what they’re doing, you could find yourself out of a job when the company goes under.
You have a bad boss who isn’t going anywhere
Bosses come and go, which is why conventional wisdom says that it’s best to just wait a bad boss out. But that’s not always the right move.
If you have a bad boss who’s well-liked by upper management, it may be time to leave.
Your health is suffering
No pay check is worth sacrificing your health. Job stress can lead to depression, insomnia, headaches, frequent illness and worse. Don’t let this happen to you.
Your personal life is suffering
Whether you work too many hours or you’re stressed and miserable when you come home, it’s time to leave when your job starts affecting your personal life.