Finding and working at the right job can be a great and fulfilling experience. That being said, working at the wrong job can range anywhere from being a nuisance to being practically unbearable. Sometimes, what may seem like the right job at the start ends up being the wrong place to continue a career.
Discerning whether it is the right time to find another job can be a daunting and even frightening task, however, as being without a job is not a great position to be in. So, how can someone be sure that it is the right time to leave their job and find a new one? Below are some ideas that can help determine just that.
This piece of advice comes from Harvey Deutschendorf’s article in Fast Company. There are several questions to be asked that can help determine if a workplace is toxic. Is there a lot of gossip going on between co-workers? Are there divisions or groups forming in the office that are set against one another? Is the boss siding with certain employees against others? If these questions are answered with a yes, it may be time to start searching for a new job.
This point comes from Deutschendorf’s article as well. If someone has gotten a degree or trained for specific skills, their career should ideally match that. If the current job does not utilize those skills, and does not offer any chance of advancement as well, stagnation may have very well have set in. Stagnation can be very soul-draining. If someone finds themselves in this position, it may be time to look for a different job.
This suggestion comes from Jacquelyn Smith’s article in Forbes. Chronic stress can be very difficult to deal with and can lead to serious consequences. It may even lead to physical health issues, as well as mental and emotional problems. If a job is constantly putting someone under undue amounts of stress that are leading to negative consequences, it may be time to find another job.
Leaving a job can be a difficult thing to do. A job, no matter how terrible it is, gives a certain amount of security. There are some jobs, however, that need to be left. Hopefully the ideas and suggestions above have helped determine when to leave a job and find a new one.