(Re-post from The Millionaire’s Digest, 12/3/16)
It’s like being trapped in the movie, “Groundhog Day,” when you relive the same dreary routine over and over again. You’re waking up early in the morning, making the journey, that trek to a destination to which you don’t wish to travel. You make this trip every day; day in and day out. You don’t want to go there, but you feel you have no choice at the moment. Yet, somehow, deep in your heart and mind, you know you don’t belong there anymore. You don’t want to go. You just don’t. You hate Mondays and you feel completely burnt out.
Your JOB. You don’t want to go back to that place. Still, there are several reasons why you force this upon yourself, and continue to return to a job that you despise so much. Perhaps you don’t have the skills to get another job in your field, or you can’t find the job that you like. Maybe you can’t find another job at ALL. Perhaps you don’t want to be known as a “quitter,” and you figure if you hang in there long enough, things will get better.
Guess what? They won’t.
If your heart and soul are trying to tell you something, and your gut instinct is screaming with a strong inner voice, “Leave and follow your dream,” you should listen. Don’t sit there at the card table knowing that you have a lousy hand. You owe it to yourself to know when to fold, and excuse yourself from the game. Be willing to walk away, especially after you’ve re-shuffled the deck numerous times and continued to be dealt a bad hand. It will get you nowhere. You have to leave the comfort zone.
What to do? Staying in a position you don’t wish to be in, could hurt you in the long run. Do you know when to leave and turn in your two-week’s notice? There are many articles about the subject, and most of them generally agree on the same points:
Sign #1: BAD BOSS. It’s been said that quite often, people don’t quit their jobs…they quit their BOSSES. Bad management can not only have a negative effect on an employee’s performance, but on the employee. An employee can become disgruntled, unhappy about the job and begin to stop caring. There is the option of reporting the boss’ behavior to your Human Resources Department. However, it may come down to just getting away.
Sign #2: AFFECTS HEALTH. A terrible job can cause an enormous amount of stress, which in turn affects an employee’s health; both mentally and physically. U.S. News says this could include weight gain, nausea, headaches and insomnia. (http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/slideshows/10-reasons-to-quit-your-job-already) A job isn’t worth your health. We only have one body; take care of it. Walk away from the negativity.
Sign #3: YOU’VE OUTGROWN THE POSITION. It happens. People change, people grow. Some positions and companies do not. Employees do get bored with their current positions, and there could be no opportunities for advancement. There’s no longer a challenge, or the company has not invested in you enough to improve your skills and responsibilities. When that happens, you’re in a “no-win” situation, and the cards you’ve been dealt no longer have the chances of becoming a winning hand.
Sign #4: YOU’RE OVERWORKED AND UNDERPAID. This is a big one. Everyone works for that paper, right? Money is one of the top priorities when it comes to employment. With budget cuts and downsizing in small and large businesses, workers find themselves becoming overloaded with extra responsibilities. If the duties increase but your paycheck doesn’t, then you’re not being paid what you’re worth. This could also be detrimental to an employee’s performance. Employees want to enjoy their work, but they also want to GET PAID. Loyalty is respectable, but loyalty doesn’t pay the bills. If the equilibrium between the workload and the salary doesn’t balance, it may be time to move on.
Sign #5: TERRIBLE WORK ENVIRONMENT. Co-workers are always cranky. You have to watch what you say. You don’t feel you have a voice. Management doesn’t motivate the team. They don’t reward or recognize employees for their hard work; but they are super-quick to punish mistakes. There is no laughter or chatter among the employees. The list goes on and on. The work environment has a lot to do with an employee’s willingness to continue with the company. If your co-workers make you as miserable as the job itself, KICK IT.
Some people reach a breaking point, where the company becomes so intolerable that they quit immediately. If and when you do decide to leave, be sure to have a plan in place (another job, money saved, etc.). Don’t try to abandon misery by walking into more misery.
Get work that thrills you, that ignites your passion. Maybe you’d like to go into business for yourself, using the underappreciated skills you’ve accumulated from your current position. There’s always an answer, a better way, a better chance at the game. Or, just stick with the cards you’ve held onto all this time. The choice is yours; but you should NEVER settle. Escape while you can.