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Thinking of quitting your job? 6 signs it’s time to move on

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Is it time to go? (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

It’s not always easy to know when to leave a job. It’s such an issue that theTikTok search ‘should I quit my job’ has racked up 72.7million views.

Sure, you don’t jump for joy at your morning alarm, but does anyone? And is the grass necessarily going to be greener on the other side?

You might also be questioning yourself, wondering whether your job is to blame for your desire to quit or your work ethic is the problem.

We all go through periods where we’re demotivated or have to prioritise other aspects of our lives. Not only could this affect your performance, it could make leaving for pastures new seem extra enticing.

But if you just can’t shake the feeling that you’d rather clock out for good, there are a few key signs to look out for before you hand in your notice.

So to help you work through your work woes, Rob Phelps, founder of AI Jobs, has shared the major red flags that show it’s time to move on.

The spark has faded

The first thing to ask yourself if you’re considering quitting is whether you feel passionate about what you do. If you’re essentially ‘quiet quitting’ – not seeking new challenges and doing the bare minimum – your feelings may not be totally unfounded.

Rob explains: ‘This lack of motivation is a sure sign that your current role isn’t fuelling your professional fire, and it might be time to look for something that excites you again.’

If you’re dreaming of a different role, that could be a telltale sign (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Your mental health is taking a hit

There’s a big difference between a stressful time at work and work-related mental health issues, which can cause ‘chronic feelings of exhaustion, dread, and burnout, making it difficult to switch off, relax, and enjoy your personal life.’

‘Listen to your body and mind, and consider the toll your job is taking on your sleep, appetite, and temper,’ says Rob.

Keep an eye out for ‘wellbeing washing’ too, as it suggests your employer is paying lip service to the issue but won’t meaningfully help you going forward.

The role’s a dead end

In some cases, you can love your job but still have to leave because there’s no room to grow.

According to Rob, the telltale signs of this are: ‘You feel like you’ve learnt everything you can and there’s no room for growth or progression, or you constantly exceed managers expectations but are always being passed over for promotions.’

Remaining in a stagnant role can stifle your career development, and sometimes the only way to move up is to move on to another company.

Sometimes it’s necessary to leave a job you love (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

You’re filled with dread on Sundays

Ah, the Sunday scaries; when the thought of going back to work on Monday fills you with dread and leaves you contemplating the plausibility of calling in sick.

Rob says how you feel about your job can point to your need for a career change, and recommends looking out for ‘low job satisfaction, dreading tasks and upcoming meetings, and spending your day watching the clock, desperate for your day to be over.’

You get bad vibes from your colleagues

Colleagues can make or break a job. After all, we spend so much time at work, not feeling supported, appreciated or heard by those around you can take its toll.

While you don’t have to be besties with your workmates, it crosses the line into toxicity when you’re ‘surrounded by constant negativity, gossip, disrespect, or bullying.’

‘Whether it’s workplace bullying, or a lack of support and unrealistic expectations that’s making it toxic, this environment can cause a constant knot of anxiety and stress that can impact you both mentally and physically,’ says Rob.

You have no work-life balance

Some people are more wedded to their work than others, but you should always have time to do things outside the office, whether that’s socialising with friends, participating in hobbies, or even just catching up on life admin.

A lack of work-life balance can highlight at poor management within your job, especially if your workload isn’t manageable or you’re expected to be available at all hours.

Rob says: ‘This can lead to resentment and feeling like you’re being taken advantage of, especially if your extra efforts aren’t being recognised or compensated – and there might be another role that will have a better balance.’



But before you quit…

So you’ve worked out your job is a dud. But what comes next? It may not be the best decision to quit, either because the problems you’re having at work are fixable or due to financial or lifestyle factors keeping you there.

Charlotte Davies, a career expert at LinkedIn, says if you’re in this position, you need to consider what you value the most when it comes to your career.

She previously told Metro.co.uk: ‘When looking for a new job or deciding whether you should stay in your current one, it’s crucial to take a step back and consider what’s important to you in the stage you’re at in your life and career.’

Perhaps your employer could offer you progression opportunities, or flexible hours that can help with work-life balance. Perhaps you could take on new tasks or negotiate a salary rise to help motivate you and take the pressure off elsewhere.

‘Once you’ve decided on which company commitments are a priority, you need to rehearse how you ask for them,’ said Charlotte.

‘As with any negotiation, being self-assured in your skills and what you contribute to your company is key to a successful negotiation. Rehearsing beforehand will help you feel prepared before you approach your employer.

‘If you’ve spoken to your manager and have come to the conclusion that your current role can’t offer you what you want, then it might be time to find somewhere that will.’

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