Many of us are reluctant to rock the boat at work during tough economic times. After all, what happens if you cause problems — and your superiors decide that it’s time for someone to go? If you are a “new guy” or an “outsider” or just someone the boss isn’t too sure of, you could be the first to go.
In the past few years, many people found themselves trying really hard to hold on to jobs that they may not have wanted when times are better. However, now might be the time to find a new job, and take charge of your financial future. Jobs data is improving, and the labor market seems to be picking up. That means that now might be the time to quit, while you can do so on your own terms. Here are 4 signs that it might be time for you to move on:
1. You Really Hate the Idea of Going to Work
We all have days that we don’t want to go in to work. We may even dislike what we do for work. But do you really hate the idea of going in? Do you spend so much time worrying about what will happen when you go to work that you don’t enjoy your time away from work? If this is the case, it might be time to find a new job, or even start a business.
2. You are Concerned about the Values of Your Boss and Coworkers
Many of us have our own values and ideals. However, if you find yourself questioning the values and ideals of those around you at work, it could be an indication that you are out of place. Your boss might not be doing anything wrong, but the priorities and actions of the organization might not jive with what’s most important to you. If you feel that you are incompatible with your organization, it might be time to move on.
3. You Wish You had More Challenging Assignments
For some people, easy work is preferred. It’s about clocking in and clocking out. However, you might wish for more challenging assignments. Do you feel that your work offers you the ability to grow and expand? If you want to progress as a person, a job that doesn’t provide you with an adequate challenge can be disheartening. Now that the economy is a little more stable, you can look around for a job that offers more satisfaction.
4. You Feel Like an Outsider
Does everyone at the office seem to have inside jokes? If you feel left out of the culture at work, it might be a strong indication that you belong somewhere else. You want to be in a work environment that you feel a part of. If you have been with an organization for more than a few months, and you still feel somewhat awkward, as though you aren’t making the transition to your new company, it might be a not-so-subtle sign that you need to find an organization where you integrate into the culture a little bit better.
The cultural aspects of your job are just as important as the technical aspects. When possible, try to find a job that allows you to feel as though you are doing something worthwhile, and that provides an environment that you are comfortable with.
So, is it time to quit?