Are you unhappy at work, but not sure you should leave? You’re not alone. A recent survey found that almost one-third of all workers aren’t satisfied at work, and 75 percent would quit if they had another job offer. During the recession, a lot of people held tightly onto their jobs, but now that the economy is looking up, unhappy workers are looking for a way out. So, here’s how to tell when it’s time to move on:
- For one, your job is stressing you out and making you sick. In other words, you spend the weekend recovering from your work-week, and dreading Monday morning, and drag your feet on the way to work every day. You should also pay attention to signs of stress, like chronic back pain, headaches, or intestinal issues. If that describes you, it’s time to move on.
- It also may be time to change jobs if your productivity drops or you have too much downtime. Libby Gill is a business coach and the author of You, Unstuck. She says that if you’ve lost interest in your work or you’re not as productive as you used to be, you’ve probably outgrown your job – and should consider moving on. It’s a giant red flag if you find yourself with downtime because you don’t have enough to do, which means you’re no longer needed, and your job may soon be on the chopping block.
- It’s also time to say good-bye to your gig if you’re passed over for a promotion, again. Experts say that if you’re repeatedly denied a promotion with no explanation, or a subordinate is promoted instead, it’s time to clean out your desk. Why? Because you’re not in their plans for the future. If your boss gives you feedback as to why you weren’t promoted - and offers a clear path to get there – stick around, because that’s proof they believe in you.
- The final sign that you need to find another job: You, your staff, or your operating budget has been reassigned without consulting you. Change is inevitable, but when organizational changes happen without you, it’s time to move on.