12 Most Indisputable Signs You Need To Leave Your Job

12 Most Indisputable Signs You Need To Leave Your Job

It’s no secret that we all have to make some sort of living to survive in today’s world. Unfortunately, society often operates as if happiness runs a distant second to survival. Sometimes sacrifice is necessary, but for how long?

“What you do today is important, because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.” ~ unknown

Perhaps, most of us are not at liberty to immediately leave a job that pays the bills. However, if a few of these signs sound familiar to you, it may be time to re-evaluate your current circumstances.

1. You can’t move up

Most people enjoy a sense of accomplishment. Having reached the limits of your job removes that particular incentive. If you are ok with being on a treadmill, then carry on. If the thought of perpetual motion without progress scares you, it’s time to get off.

2. You are grossly underpaid

Being undervalued in any situation is discouraging. When in a position where your compensation is not commensurate with your talents, only one question remains. How much do you value yourself?

3. You have random ailments

Illness is always something that needs to be addressed. However, if there are no explanations for headaches, stomach aches, and fatigue, it’s time to consider a psychological explanation. This is especially true if the symptoms repeatedly appear on Sunday nights and Monday mornings.

4. You find yourself playing dumb

If you are in an environment where you have to downplay your smarts, you are stifling much more than you know. Your intelligence is a gift. No one, not even your employer has the right to suppress your brilliance. Your brainpower is needed elsewhere.

5. Your conversations are gripe sessions

If your dialogue with colleagues consists of non-stop complaining, you’re way overdue for a change. If you enjoy being a part of the “misery loves company” crew, that’s entirely up to you. If you want better for yourself, you have to make the break.

6. You live for the weekends and holidays

If you come back from your days off and count down to your next set of days off, you may need a change. Sure everyone looks forward to a change of pace but work doesn’t have to be your personal part-time torture chamber.

7. Your boss is an a**

There’s no reason any one should be subject to constant berating or condescension. Working under someone who lives to undermine your being eats away at your subconscious. You’re more valuable than that.

8. You feel resentment

If walking through the doors to your place of employment brings up a sense of bitterness, you are setting yourself up. You can carry it with you and spread it to others in and outside of your workplace. More likely, you will carry it internally which can only result in stress related disorders. Remember, that negative energy has to go somewhere.

9. You have threatened to quit time and time again

If you have repeatedly discussed leaving your job AT your job, it’s time to go. Chances are your co-workers are sick of hearing it and you’re probably sick of hearing yourself. It’s obvious you aren’t happy. Why prolong your pain?

10. Your best skills are not utilized

It’s a pity to spend a third of your day not using your strongest skill set. You know what they say: use it or lose it. And by lose it, I mean lose your sense of having any real contribution.

11. You feel the only advantage is “good benefits”

The lure of secured benefits is one that keeps many a person bound to their place of employment. When a job has no other redeeming factors, this is a definite indication that your overall well-being has literally been sold. This is a precarious position to be in and probably the most difficult challenge to overcome.

12. The voices in your head won’t stop (not those voices, the good ones)

We all know when we’re not supposed to be somewhere. It ranges from the subtle sense of feeling uncomfortable to the unmistakable urge to scream at the top of your lungs. Call it what you want but your spirit/intuition/ higher self is dying to be liberated. When you start being true to yourself, the uneasiness will dissipate.

If the average person works an average of 40 hours per week for 40 years, approximately 83,200 hours will have been spent at work. By retirement, you will have worked the equivalent of almost ten continuous years at jobs you hate. Ten years straight of dissatisfaction and unhappiness. Will it be worth it to you?

If your answer is yes, then no problem. Just keep in mind that some people derive joy from their choice of vocation. Don’t you deserve the same?

Featured image courtesy of seanmcgrath licensed via Creative Commons.


Emelia Sam

http://www.emeliasam.com/

Dr. F. Emelia Sam is a writer, speaker, and oral surgeon in the Washington, DC area. She is the author of I Haven't Found Myself but I'm Still Looking and How to Create the Life You Really Want. Most importantly, she abhors raisins and is a fierce advocate of Red Velvet.

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53 comments
theresamax
theresamax

Pleasure! @EmeliaSam @mjdub @dressyourkitty @_mojuju_ @stevencarraher @ronthornton @jurylady5

Leanne_Lindsey
Leanne_Lindsey

@EmeliaSam No problem, it was a great article. :)

terrinakamura
terrinakamura

@Kasprowski_ch @RockCArtGallery @webquickpicks @rossmusgrove @driedtoast @gracenote @theresamax @StevenCarraher Thanks for the RTs & shouts!

EmeliaSam
EmeliaSam

Thx for RTing my 12Most post @JohnNosta @iRaj_r @dubaitara @Amber4Animals @gravyontherice @crunchseo

dbvickery
dbvickery

I actually wrote a 12 Most post about my Jaunty Job Jumps because I was able to identify 12 jumps I did to get to my current job - as an entrepreneur and a principal in my own company. Needless to say, I love my job now ;)

I did have some of the symptoms you describe above in some of my prior jobs. I also used job-hops as a proactive way to see a different part of the country. That helped us decide where we wanted to live when we really "settled down".

Bill_Simmel
Bill_Simmel

@EmeliaSam Thank you for the RT, it is appreciated Bill

EmeliaSam
EmeliaSam

@Jenn_dV Thank you. Glad you enjoyed the article.

EmeliaSam
EmeliaSam

@AMAnet Thanks for sharing my 12Most post. Much appreciated.

solutionssoar
solutionssoar

@AMAnet Amazing... That was how I felt about my last job. Once I left so did my headaches. Go figure!?

JessicaGibson
JessicaGibson

@EmeliaSam This blog was great! After 2 years of seeking gainful employment during this country's tumultuous financial delimma, I think we have all had to "take a job, just to pay the bills." Which for many professionals requires a substancial cut in pay and working for a boss that easily fire you because he can get someone to do your job for half the money! And he's only paying you $9 bucks an hour - now you can do the math since I'd like to spare you the tedious details of our tax system. While money can be a driving force in retaining a job, as well as eating, there can be a line drawn in the sand. My ephiphany, in addition to all of the points above, was when the bathroom in the office I worked at required bathroom tissue. After requesting several times for petty cash to run to the store to pick some up, I was told I could not leave since there was more important things to handle in the office. After the second day of "complaining" about said issue - my hours were cut in half so I left. While I haven't found another decent job, I am sleeping a bit better and have managed to keep my sense of humor. 

PaulBiedermann
PaulBiedermann moderator

Great post, @EmeliaSam! 

I am sure these points resonate with many people who find themselves in jobs they should no longer be in. It is so easy to overlook these “symptoms” as you push on, hoping things will somehow resolve themselves as you slowly acquire more and more of these “symptoms” with each passing day. For some it means a different job and environment, for others it means working for yourself — but no matter what the change, something must be done.

Lanoba
Lanoba

@EmeliaSam Your welcome Emelia! It really was a great read, looking forward for more content written by you :)

WriterJones
WriterJones

@EmeliaSam @lanoba great information. I experience 10 out of 12!!

susansilver
susansilver

If you are experiencing #7 you need to speak to someone. No one deserves that sort of abuse and any manager doling it  needs help. I have been verbally abused by two bosses. Each time I quit and wrote a letter to their superior, for which I was thanked by my fellow employees. Those business were both hit by class action law suite by former employees, so you know something was wrong. 

Michelle_Mazur
Michelle_Mazur

I really needed to read this. I got laid off from my day job on Thursday. I have to say I didn't feel all that sad. I have suffered from at least 8 out of 12 of these. I am know excited by being to able to work on my business full time! Another big sign for me is that it was hard to get up in the morning to go to work. It was the LAST thing I wanted to do every morning. Great list! Reminds me that losing a job is NOT the end of the world - it is the beginning of something great. 

Justicewordlaw
Justicewordlaw

I have to agree with you on these statements. Another one is that you just don't feel motivated anymore to work for that company. That lack of energy and rush you once felt has just died away. You just get to that point where you don't even care about the money. You rather just be happy and at peace. 

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theresamax
theresamax

@terrinakamura @kasprowski_ch @rockcartgallery @webquickpicks @rossmusgrove @driedtoast @gracenote @stevencarraher Happy Tuesday!

dubaitara
dubaitara

@terrinakamura Hi T. Wishing you a happy week!

dubaitara
dubaitara

@EmeliaSam A real pleasure. @JohnNosta @iRaj_r @Amber4Animals @gravyontherice @crunchseo

crunchseo
crunchseo

@EmeliaSam Most welcome Emelia. You are a good writer for sure :) Best wishes! Have a fab week ahead :)

EmeliaSam
EmeliaSam

@dbvickery Wow. Just noticed that my initial reply to you is nowhere to be found! I said it was a great thing you were able to walk away with valuable lessons from all the positions you've held. Sometimes, we walk away with resentment not understanding what we've gained. Thanks for commenting. :)

Perry_B
Perry_B

@EmeliaSam @amanet Great post on signs that it's time to find a new job.

EmeliaSam
EmeliaSam

@solutionssoar Thanks for responding to my article. Glad you made it out of there!

EmeliaSam
EmeliaSam

@JessicaGibson That is ridiculous. Glad you were able to walk away from that. It's amazing how some people get so into the workplace that they abandon common sense. Wishing you the best in your continued job search. No doubt you will find a waaaaaaaaay better fit. Thanks so much for commenting, Jessica. 

EmeliaSam
EmeliaSam

@PaulBiedermann You're so right. Everyone has to find their own remedy to the situation - modify hours, find another one, create their own. Imagine the explosion of positivity if each person found that balance. Thanks for your comment, Paul. 

EmeliaSam
EmeliaSam

@Lanoba Thank you for supporting. Much appreciated. 

Lanoba
Lanoba

@WriterJones oops! looks like someone may want to start a job hunt ;)

EmeliaSam
EmeliaSam

@WriterJones Thanks, Eric. Wrote it as a wake-up call (self-included). :)

EmeliaSam
EmeliaSam

@susansilver Wow. Most people find it difficult to stand up to a "superior" on their own. Glad you got out of those situations and had the courage to do something further about it. Good point about taking it a level up so the problem is actually adressed rather than passed on to the next person. 

EmeliaSam
EmeliaSam

@Michelle_Mazur Congratulations are in order. I'm sorry if it came as a surprise to you, but you're right. It's not the end, it's just the beginning. Best wishes to you in your business and your new life!

susansilver
susansilver

@Michelle_Mazur Sorry to hear that Michelle! I am glad that you see it as a time to do something positive with your own business. Let me know if I can be of any help,  even if it is only an ear to lend!

EmeliaSam
EmeliaSam

@Justicewordlaw I totally agree with you. Sometimes, enough is enough. Thanks for taking the time to comment. 

terrinakamura
terrinakamura

@theresamax Theresa, Thanks and happy Wednesday to you!

_CatherineBauer
_CatherineBauer

@mikefixs @terrinakamura That should be part of every new employee handbook.

WriterJones
WriterJones

@Lanoba nope...way past time to create one!

Michelle_Mazur
Michelle_Mazur

@EmeliaSam Thank you! It wasn't a huge shock. I had kind of an odd feeling about it early in the week (those voices were saying - hey something is up). Always listen to those voices. ;)

Michelle_Mazur
Michelle_Mazur

@susansilver Thank you Susan for your support. I may take you up on that offer. I love how supportive and awesome this community is. 

theresamax
theresamax

@terrinakamura Wonderful Wednesday!

EmeliaSam
EmeliaSam

@_CatherineBauer I'd love  to see that happen. Thanks for your comment. 

mikejny
mikejny

@_CatherineBauer Agreed! :-)

Lanoba
Lanoba

@WriterJones Like how you think! The bigger the risk, the greater the reward

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