How do you know when it’s time to go?

Dec 18, 2012 by

This is my final guest post of the year for Opportunity Knocks. It’s been a great year and I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to share posts with their community – and I hope you’ve enjoyed the posts too!

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No matter how much you love your job – or how much you want to love your job – sometimes the bad parts of the job take over the good. Usually it’s either your coworkers/working environment or the work itself (or both) that bring you down. But how do you know when its time to pack up your stuff and leave? Here are three clues:

1. The projects, tasks and responsibilities you have no longer appeal to you – Or even worse, they never appealed to you in the first place. If you are constantly being assigned work that is boring or doesn’t build on your skills or has no relevance to the broader work of the organization, that’s a big red flag. It may mean that your boss/employer has no sense of your skills or doesn’t particularly care to offer you interesting or meaningful work. If they don’t care to offer you interesting work most of the time, then you don’t need to be there.

2. You are angry and/or frustrated most (all?) of the time – One direct consequence of having work that is boring or outside of your skill set may be constant jaw-clenching, teeth-gnashing frustration and anger. And the more you are angry, the more you dislike your job, which makes you even angrier. It’s a vicious cycle that saps your productivity and can ruin even the good days at work.

3. You no longer care – In some ways, I’d argue that this marks the end of the line in terms of how much you can take at a job you don’t like. When you can’t muster the energy to get out of bed and physically go to work in the morning; when you could care less how or even if the work gets done; if all you can muster is a shrug in response to other’s questions or complaints of you, then it really is time to go.

The bottom line is very simple actually whether it comes to relationships or jobs: if the bad times become more frequent than the good, it is time to go.

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