Is It Time to Change Jobs? Pay Attention to These Signs
December 1, 2022 9:00 AM EST | 3 min read
Everyone has a bad day at work now and then, but if the bad days outnumber the good ones, maybe it’s time to change jobs.
Perhaps you’ve been browsing the classifieds nonstop, or you dread heading to the office first thing in the morning.
Dissatisfaction in the workplace is often more than just an attitude problem.
If you struggle to stay happy and productive on the job, you are risking your:
- physical health
- mental health
- emotional health
You are also hurting the productivity of your employer.
If you don’t know whether this is a temporary case of the workplace blues (perhaps you just came back from a vacation) or if it’s time to change jobs, check these signs out.
Here are some signs that it may be time to change jobs:
You Find Excuses to Leave Early or Go in Late
It’s natural to have an occasional “one of those days” where you must leave work to avoid a meltdown.
However, when you spend more time coming up with excuses to leave early or planning your vacation, maybe it’s time to reconsider changing jobs.
Sometimes you have no choice but to schedule a doctor’s appointment when you’re supposed to be at work.
Still, if you’re intentionally choosing other activities, you might check the classifieds for a new job.
You are Bored or Don’t Feel Challenged
An easygoing day at work can be a nice change of pace, but if you feel downright bored with what you’re doing, you should definitely take the steps to change.
If you talk to your supervisor and/or boss about your desire to do something different and take on more responsibilities, they may help.
You’re better off changing jobs than playing video games on your smartphone for hours at a time.
You’re Concerned for Your Safety
Regardless of what kind of work you do, you should always feel safe at work.
According to recent studies, 4,821 people die daily from work-related accidents.
Do you want to be in this group?
I highly doubt it.
If you are contemplating leaving work after an accident, you must know your rights.
According to the law, a workplace injury can occur, and you, as an employee, may receive compensation.
If, for any reason, you feel as though you are treated unfairly after you are injured, or you simply feel as though your employer doesn’t value safety, it’s time to find an employer that cares.
You’re Afraid to Be Yourself
The requirement to be more professional and conservative is completely normal.
However, you may work in a toxic environment if you feel undervalued or voiceless.
If the higher-ups and coworkers squash your happiness, things need to change.
Decide to change jobs and find one that fosters growth and creativity and allows you to be yourself.
Changing jobs can be the best thing you do for yourself
Sure, it feels scary to leave somewhere you have been for a while.
The unknown can always be daunting, but the possibilities of something better and more suited to you are worth it!
Tell us if any of these reasons made you question your job choice and be brave in making the needed changes.
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