If you’re one of those lucky people who really loves their job, you should definitely take some time once in a while to be thankful. There are probably billions of people around the world that don’t at all enjoy what they have to do to make a living. Work is something the vast majority of us have to do to survive, and although some poor workers are basically forced into low-wage unskilled jobs with long hours, the more fortunate among us can choose what we want to do. There are certain circumstances that convince us that it’s time to move on and look for another job, such as the following.
#1 You hate it
No mystery here, but even though there are many people who hate what they do for a living, they are reluctant to look for something else. There are many possible reasons for this, including the fear that they will not be paid as much as they are in their current job, they will have to learn something new, they will miss the people they currently work with, or they are just afraid of change. Much of the time, change works out much better than people expect.
It’s common for a workplace to change. New mangers may come onto the scene, change the way things are done, and create new rules. In most cases, employers can change your work location, your hours, the dress code and other workplace polices. When these changes start to wear on your nerves too much, it may be time for you to make a change.
#3 Not Enough
Some employers just don’t reward their employees well enough despite how hard they work, or how good they are at their job. At times, employers are just stingy, and at other times they may be restricted by the budget that they have to use to pay employees. It’s often possible to find a new job, and a better wage to go along with it.
#4 Too many hours
Employers can be quite demanding, and at times it seems like they want every waking minute of your time. In many cases, employers are free to force employees to work overtime. Employees can be threatened with termination if they refuse to work extra hours. In many places labor laws are supposed to prevent employers from working excessive overtime, but for many employees, making waves at work is not an option.
#5 Shady business
Sometimes employers expect employees to turn their heads the other way when they are doing something illegal. It might be ignoring safety regulations or over-charging a client for a job. Either way, there can be a lot of pressure on an employee who has to witness or participate in workplace activity that is either illegal or unethical, and it may be best just to get out and find work somewhere else.
#6 Lousy management
Bosses come and bosses go, and you don’t always win the boss lottery when a new one comes on the scene. A boss might be the type that micromanages and wants to be involved in every detail of your work, or a manager may expect too much from employees and expect them to sacrifice too much for the benefit of the company. Some bosses are just jerks A boss can make a job a living hell that you are probably better of leaving.
#7 Dreams of retirement
If you find yourself pining for the day you reach retirement age and walk out the door forever, it could be a sign that your job is more of a burden on you than you know. If you are spending too much time obsessing over crossing days off on the calendar or browsing websites for retirement communities at the age of 35, you may need to start looking for something else that you will enjoy more.
Work-related stress can do a number on you – both mentally and physically. If you are waking up in the middle of the night and laying in bed dreading the thought of going to work, you may be better off leaving that job behind and finding something less stressful. Complaining obsessively about your job to coworkers, friends and family is also a sign that things are starting to get to you. Stress is known to be very detrimental to your health, so making a change will probably do you more good than you think.