We all go through periods of time where we don’t enjoy our job – there will even be days that you hate your job.
Even people who look like they have it all career-wise: influencers, YouTubers, celebrities, professional food tasters… every one of them will have days where they wonder if that’s the career that they’re really built for.
However, it’s one thing having the occasional bad day, but a totally different thing entirely to be caught in a job that brings you no joy, drains you of energy and leaves you feeling trapped.
Often people stick it out in jobs that make them unhappy because they’re well paid, they need to support their family, they’ve been in the industry a really long time or they just don’t see a way out.
However, it’s important to remember that no sum of money is worth putting your mental or physical wellbeing on the back burner.
If you’ve been trapped in a toxic work environment for what feels like forever, then it might not even be obvious to you yet that your soul sucking job is the reason you’re not happy.
So I have put together a list of some of the tell-tale signs that it’s time for you to resign and try something new.
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9 Signs It’s Definitely Time For A New Job
YOU FEEL UNDERVALUED
No company would be able to grow if it weren’t for the people that dedicate their lives to working for them. Whether you’re the CEO or a part time janitor, every single person that works for any company contributes something that results in the business’s success.
No matter your role, large or small, if your employer doesn’t make you feel like you’re an important piece of the puzzle, then it’s time to pack your bags and find a place that will appreciate what you do for them.
YOU DREAD MONDAYS
Most people would love a three day weekend sometimes – extra time to be able to spend on their sofa watching movies. But if you find that every Sunday evening, you start to feel a pit in your stomach and a feeling of horror about waking up to go to work the next day, then you’re not in the right place.
There is a big difference between having an occasional lazy day, and feeling physically unwell by the thought of work. Find a career that excites you, and has you feeling pumped for the things that you can achieve and bring to the business every day.
EVERY DAY FEELS THE SAME
Some jobs are more repetitive than others. As a firefighter, I’m sure that every day offers a slightly different challenge, as opposed to working for a fast food chain where your duties are fairly limited to preparing food and taking orders.
However, if you’re at a point where every day is so monotonous that weeks go by and you barely remember what’s happened, then it’s time to throw in the towel and find a role that challenges you.
Even the most tedious positions should offer some form of stimulation, and if you’re not getting that, then it can have a really poor effect on your mental health.
YOU LEAVE WORK WITH A HEADACHE
When I was working at a job that made me really unhappy, I remember noticing that every day after I left the office, I would have the most excruciating headache.
I would drive home everyday feeling exhausted and grumpy, would spend ten minutes preparing my very dull and nutritionally unbalanced dinner – as that’s all I had the energy for – then head to bed only to live through the same routine the next day.
While some days will be taxing and you’ll exert yourself to the point where you need an early night, it shouldn’t be a regular part of your routine.
We spend the majority of our lives working, so make sure you’re doing something that leaves you feeling accomplished. If you’re stressed from work, then this post on stress management should also help you.
YOU FEEL OSTRACIZED
It’s a real testament to you and your workplace if you can say that you have genuine friendships at work. Only the lucky ones make everlasting friendships through work, with people that they sincerely get along with.
If you’re like most people you won’t have best friends at work, but at the very least you should have positive connections with your team members and be able to engage socially with them from time to time.
Having people around you who you can chat to about things that don’t involve work, is one of the most important factors in keeping a healthy work-life balance.
Whilst you might not be close enough that you’d meet up for a beer on the weekend, you should at the very least be able to chat about your hobbies, television and any other topics which take you away from your job for a moment throughout the day.
If you’re lacking this, and aren’t connecting with the people you work with, then you can feel very lonely. If you’re not invited to social team building activities, feel like you’re excluded from conversations and lack any support from your co-workers then you need to get out as fast as possible.
YOUR PERSONAL LIFE IS SUFFERING
It’s not uncommon to take work problems home with you from time to time. Getting home after work and talking to your friends or other half about the challenges you’re facing is exactly what you should be doing, as we all need a support network when times are tough.
However, if you find that you’re unable to switch off from work and problems are affecting your mood after hours, or your work is giving you so much pressure that you’re not able to take time out to be with your loved ones, then it’s definitely time to look for something else that offers the work-life balance that we all need.
YOUR RELATIONSHIPS ARE SUFFERING
Similarly, if you’re struggling with the pressure or bad atmosphere at work, it’s not uncommon to take it out on the people who are closest to us.
Family should always understand and make allowances if you’re just going through a short term bump in the road, but when it goes on for too long, causes you to take out your frustration on those you love, or takes time away from your personal life, it’s time to rethink.
IT’S NOT IN YOUR JOB DESCRIPTION
We all want to go above and beyond to impress our boss or help the business we’re in grow – at least you should want to.
However, there is a big difference between going the extra mile, and letting your employer use you like a doormat. If you’re being asked to run personal errands, take on double the work due to ‘temporary staff shortages’ or anything else that your gut tells you isn’t right, then don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself.
THE COMPANY ARE STRUGGLING
It goes without saying that if the company you’re employed by is struggling financially, then it’s far better for you to leave willingly before you’re cut off.
Job security is essential no matter what kind of financial position you’re in. Fear of the unknown can lead to stress and damage to your mental health, so always make sure to only work for stable companies who you know can support you.
If your employer’s are at risk of bankruptcy, it won’t matter to your boss that you’ve given the best part of your youth to growing the business – if you’re considered unnecessary, you’ll be cut without a second thought if that’s what it takes for them to stay afloat.
To Finish Off…
I really hope that you enjoyed this post, and if you’re currently in a toxic work environment, maybe this has given you the push you need to put an end to it.
Whilst we all need to support ourselves, there is never a reason why you can’t start looking for a new job somewhere else if your current position is making you unhappy.
Even if it means you need to cut down on your expenses or take a salary reduction, less money is well worth the positive effect on your mental wellbeing that you’ll immediately notice by getting out of a damaging situation.
If you have any other career tips or suggestions then I would love to hear from you in the comments below. Even feel free to share your own story of a toxic working environment that you’re currently in, or if you found a way out then let us know how you did it! Your story might inspire somebody else to take those first steps too!
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