When the economy stagnates and workers become uncertain about the future, they tend to react by rejecting risk and settling into anything that seems safe and familiar. When the stock market behaves erratically or unexpected life changes take place, most of us cling to what we have and turn away from the lure of the unknown. Even an unpleasant, underpaying, career-undermining position can seem tolerable if the alternative is no job at all. This is a reasonable response to uncertainty. But only sometimes. Here are a few situations that negate the rule completely and make the risk of quitting worthwhile, even imperative. If you find yourself experiencing these, it’s time to leave your job, face the challenges that lie ahead, and step into the next phase of your life.
1. You have a better offer in hand.
Don’t be paralyzed by fear or doubt. Go! If it doesn’t work out, you’ll cross that bridge when you come to it.
2. Your job is a placeholder, and it’s been holding you in place for more than five years.
If your job is simply a paycheck and can’t support or advance your true career, keep it for five years. If you haven’t found something more relevant during that period of time, it’s time to start looking harder, taking bigger risks, and making bigger sacrifices. It’s at about this point that a temporary gig establishes roots and becomes a full time life.
3. You’d like to advance, and you’re ready, but there are no promotions available to you.
If you’re ready to take on more responsibility, but there are only three positions at the management level and none of them will be vacated any time soon, take control of your career and start looking for growth outside the company.
4. You’ve like to advance, you’re ready, and there’s a position above you, but you can’t seem to get there.
If you’re ready for a promotion and you’ve applied and been turned down more than once, it’s time to start submitting resumes elsewhere. Don’t waste any more time with a company that won’t let you grow.
5. You just can’t deal with your boss.
If you have a toxic relationship with your boss and you’ve been honest with yourself about your role in the mismatch and done everything you can to make it work, give communication and compromise a try for one more month, then move on.
6. You can’t deal with your company culture.
If your workplace is hostile, depressing or abusive, don’t let learned helplessness or fear of the outside world sap the best years of your precious life. Go.
7. You get a pricking in your thumbs.
Multiple rounds of layoffs, reports of bankruptcy, furloughs, pay cuts, and dramatic reductions in health benefits are all signs of trouble. Start job hunting now, and you might save yourself from a greater emergency down the road.
8. You’ve been thinking about a career change. And thinking about it…and thinking about it…and thinking about it…
If you want to go back to school, open a restaurant, or pursue a dream, and you’re hesitant because of the risk involved, put it off for one more year. During that year, keep conducting research and gathering resources. After 365 more days of daydreaming, quit your job and make it happen. If not, you can contact your local CT staffing company at Merritt Staffing.