If you’re like most people, you’ve probably had at least one occasion at work when you said to yourself, “I can’t take it anymore.”
But did you mean it?
Sometimes it’s hard to tell. Here are some signs that suggest you’ve reached your job-tipping point. If more than a few hit home, it could be time for you to hit the road.
Do you get any support from your co-workers? Sometimes having a good crew to work with makes a tough job worthwhile. But if your colleagues don’t help, or if they’re part of the problem, start polishing that resume.
Do you have any respect for your boss? If you genuinely feel your immediate supervisor makes bad decisions, lacks expertise in your field, has bad people skills or is simply a good for nothing loser, head for the door. You won’t be alone. Bad managers are one of the most common reasons for leaving a job.
Could staying damage your reputation? It’s not only rats that desert a sinking ship. Sometimes good workers need to get out, too. Take timely action to avoid being branded a failure because you worked at a failing organization.
Is it causing you physical problems? I’m not talking about the physical demands of the job, either, although people do have to leave jobs because of wear and tear on their bodies. I’m talking about physical problems that have their roots in stress. These include headaches, stomachaches, sleep problems and unexplained aches and pains. If job stress is making you hurt, start looking for a new job.
Is it causing difficulties in your relationships? If stress at work is making you snap at your loved ones, or making you moody and withdrawn, ask yourself if any job is worth hurting the people you care most about.
Is there any room for you to grow? It’s been said that when there are no careers open to talents in a country, meaning ambitious people there have no way to climb the ladder, a revolution could be brewing. The same thing can happen in companies, too. If there’s no way for you to move up, consider moving on.
Do you have another option, or at least a plan? If you have another job lined up, a good possibility, some savings or a cellar full of canned food, think rationally about getting out of a situation that’s driving you crazy.
by Danielle Dresden