Warning Signs: It’s Time to Leave Your Company

We all have those days when we just can’t stand our jobs. But usually, those days are outnumbered by a lot more productive, not-so-bad, and even fun days at work. But if you find yourself feeling this way all the time, it may be time to find a new job. So, how do you differentiate between temporary annoyance with and full on antipathy towards your company and your job?Turtle Hiding in Shell-scared-changing jobs

Changing Jobs isn’t as Passé as it Used to Be

Not too long ago, people routinely spent year after year after year at the same job. And this wasn’t necessarily a negative. Instead, it was just the relationship people had with their career. But times have changed. The corporate ladder today sometimes means climbing it at different companies.

But jumping ship, (or ladder, as it might be), is nonetheless a daunting prospect. It is often easier just to stay put rather than to go to a new and unfamiliar company.

Feeling like you hate your job, or have lost interest in it, or feeling as though you have reached your peak there may not clearly come to you as an epiphany. So, how do you know whether your feeling toward your job is just temporary or actually the start of a downward spiral?

Compare your emotions to our emotion gauge. This will tell you whether you need to move on or just keep movin’.

The Old Feeling of Dread

Dreading your job is not helping your job prospects nor is it helping your employer. Feeling anxious all the time simply isn’t healthy. And if you do indeed feel this way ALL THE TIME, then you need to realize that this isn’t normal.

Try to figure out when your dread lessens. If you need a vacation, or reason to leave the office in order to lessen your dread, your job is telling you it is time to say, “bye-bye.”

Personality Smersonality

Every job creates stress. But usually this stress waxes and wanes according to project completion, promotion, etc. But if your personality has shifted due to your job, and has done so into the negative, your friend list might start losing members. You should not let your job take over your ability to normally react to situations – both happy and stressful ones.


Human beings evolve. We change and adapt to our surroundings. Sometimes we change more than what is around us, and sometimes it is the other way around. But what if your company seems to be changing, and leaving you behind? A job that conflicts with your priorities can drain you physically and emotionally. Think about your job that now requires you to travel much more. If you also value family and personal time, this is not sustainable behavior.

Also consider whether your company is innovative and open to change and new ideas. If you thrive on a flow of ideas like this, then your positive attitude toward your job will slowly be waning.

Ten Years…and Counting

As mentioned above, staying at one company for decades was a plus. In today’s workplace, your company probably wants fresh ideas galore, and sorry, your lengthy tenure might not be seen as a positive. (One really can’t win). This might be the mindset of the higher ups in your company. On your end, even if you were gearing up to leave for another position, are your interviewing and job searching skills up to snuff? And of course, consider that being happy where you are doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think of brushing up on these skills anyway.

The Old Glass Ceiling (or Steel Ceiling)

The ever so common career promotion limit – the point at which you can go no further (at least at your current company). A company that is not invested in you and in growing you as a member of their team is an all too telling sign – and not a positive one at that.

Of course, the stalled growth is not necessarily due to a lack of skills on your part. Your own personal desires for career advancement might simply need to be achieved elsewhere. Also, consider the trajectory (or lack thereof) of your salary. Seeking out a new position might very well bring in more money.

Ready to Jump Ship (or Ladder)?

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One thought on “Warning Signs: It’s Time to Leave Your Company

  1. I enjoyed reading this article. Deciding to leave my job has been one of the toughest decisions in my life. But I realized that I shouldn’t stick around in a place that has no upward trajectory. It takes confidence. But it offers worlds of opportunities that you never considered that you had. Thanks!

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