You have those days when you really want to tender that 15-30 days notice that you’ve had enough and it’s about time bid adieu to the job you’ve been clocking-in everyday. But, is it really time to to quit the 8-hours work day (and braving the traffic?)
Do keep in mind that some times are better than others for turning in your notice. If you plan carefully, you can avoid the worst times for quitting a job.
Question is, how do you know when you should give your job a second chance, or when it’s really time to quit? Is it time to jump into a self-curated venture? Follow your gut.
Easier said than done but if you deeply gave it sincere thought and weighed in all factors from a financial stand-point and willingness to go for the long haul of entrepreneurship – opportunities are endless but mind you, it’s never going to be easy.
If you deeply hate your job, then you should absolutely start looking for other opportunities – ask yourself, are you thinking about your own venture just because you’ve had enough with your boss? Are you tendering the resignation because of traffic? Is it because of your colleagues? Or, are you letting go of this path because you wanted to grow further, get into something you’re passionate about or because you know for a fact, you’ve got a game plan which you know you can start with and still college or earn for a living.
If you’re on the fence, then you should open your eyes to feelings, thoughts, and happenings in your life that might point to the exit sign. You will need to assess every angle – do you have savings that can help you and your family when rainy days happened? Will you be able to retain your lifestyle (or alter it) to make your budget work for months to come when billable hasn’t arrived yet?
Here are few warning signals it’s time to leave your job
- You Dread Going to Work: Not just because of traffic. But, because there really is nothing else to look forward to when you wake up, fix up and head to work.
- You’re Procrastinating And Don’t Pay Attention Anymore: Has everything turned into a routine? Is it becoming too easy and no longer gives you that jolt of excitement in accomplishing and marking milestones on your to-do lists? Sure, everyone procrastinates every now and then but if you find nothing engaging at work anymore; you may need to talk to your superior and your HR Culure head if there are opportunities you can take a leap in and grow.
- It’s Taking a Toll on Your Health: This most certainly is the most important amongst all reasons. If you think the stress is already giving more health concerns than happy hormones, either you need to take a time-ff (file that leave and assess) or you need to give your lifestyle a reset. If you’re overworked and under-manned, if it can’t be delegated and discouraged; it’s time to let it go and be honest. You need to take as much time off as you can possibly get and time management. No job is worth sacrificing your wellness.
- You Vent Rather Than Praise Your Job or Projects: What conversations have you been engaging in lately? Are you constantly complaining about your colleagues, workplace, boss or the job in itself? Are you venting because you have nothing to do or is it because there’s nothing else that seem to be aligning within your principles, values and skill sets? Your job shouldn’t turn you into a slave, it should give you positive outlook of growth.
- There’s No Room for Advancement: If you have stayed too long at your job and feel like it’s no longer giving you the growth you need. Don’t waste time in a position that doesn’t offer progress. You need to further expand, challenge and grow. Committing your time and energy to a company that won’t support the progress of your career, or grow with you, will end up hindering the development of your career in the long run.
- No longer a Culture Fit: We all eventually get to outgrow who we were and our principles gets an upgrade as experience happen. If you’re filled with a negative environment, if it’s being too toxic and you’re no longer happy. You’ll need to have this addressed. A toxic environment not only kill your passion but also may take a toll on your health. Once politics happen and competition where there is no alignment and synergy, it’s time to get out. For sure.
- The Company Rules are Outdated and Restrictive: If you’re stuck at a traditional nine-to-five job, you will probably never be satisfied on about anything. If you think with the course and support of technology, the job can be done at home – it’s time to raise it to your bosses and HR if you can take some days at home to be more efficient, save, spend time with family and most of all – no longer spend most of your time in-between traffic jams If you tried – and failed – to negotiate a schedule that works for you, consider jobs at other accommodates which can take in your preferred lifestyle (but, you’ll definitely need to over-perform and commit to deliverables)
- You Can’t Speak up (anymore): Once you are strapped and discouraged, no questions asked – goodbye. In this present world of technology and collaboration, you should feel confident and comfortable enough at work to voice your opinion, share your thoughts and speak up for yourself. An oppressive environment just isn’t worth putting up with.
- Your Job Isn’t You: I’m a firm believer of personal branding and your job should also speak to you. Having a Career-change is becoming more and more common in this day and age, and you shouldn’t feel stuck on a career path you don’t connect with. If you’ve lost your passion for your job, open your mind to other opportunities that do speak to you, and start moving in a direction that you genuinely feel passionate about. Go for what also is close to your heart and interests.
- You’re Reading This Article: Clearly, it’s not just about the money. Why did you click on, or search for, this article? Something must have resonated with you. If you’re already contemplating, that alone is a sign that it is indeed time to move on.
Clearly, it’s not just about the money but you do need to think through it and prepare yourself at least 6-12months if you’re going to leave your current job or it’s time to search for an opportunity that resonates and speaks to you, your principles and beliefs, the perfect culture fit. You see, not everyone is fit for entrepreneurship, most excels in corporate. But, if you do decide to be an entrepreneur? It’s always worth a try. There’s so much more one can do, if you’re thirsty for learning and ready to put others first before your needs and that you have the heart for society. Your attitude and character speaks more than anything else, calibrate the attitude, too. Patience will truly become a virtue and never-ending learning.