Jobs are hard to come by in a slow economy, so you may be tempted to stick it out even if you're unhappy at work. You are not alone in this dilemma. In a Forbes article published in May 2012, a survey by Right Management reported that the majority of workers are dissatisfied with their job. Even though you may be unsure about leaving your job, there are some telltale signs it’s time to seek out new employment.
If the people at the top of a company lack appropriate leadership skills, their negative traits ultimately affect their subordinates. Management dictates who you work with, whether you get a promotion, and whether you have a future with the company. Poor management leads to an unstable and conflicted work environment that should be avoided.
Even the most loyal employee must know when to abandon a sinking ship. If an employer has financial problems, carefully consider whether it’s worth sticking around. Also keep in mind that in most cases, employers do not have to give notice of layoffs. Many employers tend to wait until the last minute to terminate employees. Pay attention to the writing on the wall and prepare an exit strategy if you believe you are at risk for a layoff.
A job should serve as a means to obtaining knowledge, skills, experience, and training to enhance your career. If you are there only for the money, it’s time to move on. Being bored with a job and finding it predictable means you approach it with no passion. If your job offers no chance for growth or development, start looking for opportunities that will allow you to evolve professionally.
If your job causes a decline in your physical or mental health, it could stem from a number of reasons. You might experience anxiety and stress because you are overworked, underpaid, mistreated, or overlooked for promotions. If your manager or human resources department fail to handle such matters effectively, start seeking employment elsewhere. No job is worth the deterioration of your health.
Pays Too Little
Having a job that you actually enjoy is critical to your professional development, but so is being paid what you are worth. If you are underpaid, it might be time to seek a more generous or financially capable employer. Your current employer might know that you deserve more money, but simply cannot afford to pay you more. He might even acknowledge this to you and promise to reward you in the future. If it’s financially feasible for you, you can give your company a chance to fulfill its promise before ultimately seeking other opportunities.
If you are having persistent, negative thoughts about your job, it may be time to start looking for new employment. Signs your job induces negativity include feeling bitter toward co-workers, sulking every time something doesn't go your way, or even having frequent nightmares about your job. It simply may be that you feel your values and the company’s visions are too different. If you can’t find anything good to say about your job or why you should keep working with the company, start looking elsewhere.