Someone recently asked “How do you know when it’s time to leave a job?”
My gut reaction was “If you’re asking me that question, the answer is pretty clear – it’s time to go.”
It’s easy to see things from the outside looking in, especially when it’s not your own personal situation. However, there are some red flags that can help you make this big decision.
Here are some things that should be big red flags!
1. YOU’RE NOT RESPECTED IN THE WORKPLACE
Being respected bleeds into many facets of our work. If your work is being constructively criticized that’s actually a good thing, which you should harness and be grateful for. However, if you’re being put down and you constantly feel bad about yourself at the end of the day because of your working environment that’s another story. Work is supposed to bring you a certain level of fulfillment. So make sure you’re in an environment where you’re positively challenged and respected.
If people stop listening to your ideas in meetings, or worse, they take your ideas and steal them to make them their own – this is TOXIC! This means you’re not respected, you’re under appreciated and overlooked. This is a huge red flag waving in your face saying “IT’S TIME TO LEAVE.”
2. YOUR BOSS IS A COMPLETE ASSHOLE
Now this can go back to being disrespected of course but, some people are just assholes and don’t care about anything or anyone other than themselves. When you have a boss that ONLY cares about the bottom line, refuses to invest in you and treats you poorly, it’s time to leave! You spend about a third of your life working. Do you really want a THIRD of your life spent in a toxic environment? That type of working environment will lead to depression, anxiety and even worse, physical and/or mental illness. Your body reacts to what type of environment you put it in.
If your boss is yelling at you constantly, publicly shaming you (even privately shaming you), belittles your work without trying to constructively work with you, disregards your boundaries it’s TIME TO GO!
3. THERE’S NO MORE RUNWAY
When you’ve gone as far as you can with a company, it’s just time to move on. If you’ve climbed the ladder and your company is stifling you, don’t stick around hoping they’ll change, you have to make the change yourself. Whether it’s a creativity issue or promotional issues, don’t wait to become stale and outdated. You have to keep growing; it’s a necessity in life and especially in the workforce! Things change quickly in this technical world and we have to move quickly in order to keep up and remain on the cutting edge. That means not becoming complacent and stagnant. If you’re feeling stuck and you have no room to grow, you need to start making moves for yourself. Don’t wait it out; allow yourself the room to grow – and sometime that means growing somewhere else.
There are times we all hate our work. We wake up and dread going into the office, or dread working on that daunting project. This is not what I’m talking about – we all have to suck it up from time to time and eat the frog. But if you’ve been feeling this way for 6-12 months, you need to reevaluate your situation. Make sure you’re grateful for the positives in your work/job situation, but truly look at the whole picture. If you have a toxic environment, or a situation, which completely stifles your growth, OR if there’s something else you truly want to do with your life – GO! Do it! Don’t wait for the “right time” there is no “right time.” Just move forward… don’t move laterally, move upwards! No matter how you do it, just do it. On and up, and never look down or back - unless it’s to see how far you’ve come!