Here’s when you need to break up with your job

Written by: Georgina Bloomfield
Published On: 26 Jun 2016

Our jobs are a huge part of our daily lives and we depend on them more than just for financial reasons; they’re part of our overall wellbeing. If you’re not sure whether or not you’re ready to take the leap and leave, read on. Sometimes it’s not very obvious if you need to leave, but hopefully some of these points will help you decide.

Punctuality goes out of the window, and you don’t really care
Do you find yourself leaving the house later and later each day? Do you sometimes take the scenic route to work, knowing it’s longer? Before you get out of the car or enter the building, do you find yourself checking your phone to delay entering? If you don’t feel a sense of urgency to get to work (even a little bit) then it’s a sign that any passion you had for your job is dwindling away.

Envy appears
If you find yourself feeling jealous and slightly resentful of someone leaving your company, it’s a sign that you need to leave your job too. It’s very common to feel a pang of jealousy if someone is leaving to do the same job for three times the pay, but if you feel resentful about them simply leaving, then you might need to start dusting off your CV.

The snooze button is getting worn out
Does the thought of getting ready and going to work feel you with dread? Sure, we all loathe early mornings (well most of us do) but if you find yourself hitting the snooze button out of stubbornness rather than sleepiness, this could be a sign that you don’t feel your job is literally not worth getting out of bed for.

You’ve lowered your standards
If you’re passively looking elsewhere and the thought of getting absolutely any job on the planet sounds better than where you are now, you might have a problem. You should always know your worth, and if you’re happy to take a substantial pay cut just so you can get out of where you are, it’s a sign of desperation.

It’s obvious that you’re cheating
Believe it or not, no matter how discreetly you look for other jobs or go to interviews during work hours; it’s extremely obvious to other people. Whether you’ve made your intentions loud and clear or you’re doing it on the sly, people will know when you’re actively looking elsewhere for a job and gossiping will begin.

You’re being taken advantage of
Have a look at the latest version of your job description. Are you doing anything on there that you were originally employed to do? Unless there’s been a huge restructure or you’re filling in for someone, your employer is seeing you as another body to do the job, and they might not care who’s doing it. Or worse: they don’t know why you were employed in the first place.

You know better. A lot better
If you know more about the job than your boss does, it’s not a good sign. It could be that your boss is new and unfamiliar to the role, but don’t confuse that with lack of skills and knowledge. It’s not an issue that’s easily controlled and you’re not exactly going to send your boss on a training course to learn your job. The worst thing about this problem is that you’ll witness bad decisions being made and you won’t be able to do anything about it.

You’re being excluded
You find that you don’t get invited to meetings, and what’s been going on in them doesn’t get communicated back to you. If you discover that you’re also the last to know everything that’s happening in the workplace or if you’re not getting any regular face to face time with your manager, something could be wrong. It may have got to the point where your employer has started to see you as someone at a desk rather than a treasured contributor to the company.

You don’t see the point
Do you constantly clock watch at work? Everybody does to a certain extent, but if you find yourself doing it all the time, it means you can’t wait to leave. You no longer bother what you look like at work, you take an extra 20 minutes on your break, and you’re not excited to start new projects. All in all, everything feels negative and all a bit pointless.

There’s no need to panic if you match most of the criteria on this list. If you’ve discovered that you’re unhappy in your job, then now is the time to do something about it. The first thing you need to do is discuss anything that can be changed with your manager. You never know, your manager might know what’s going on before you do, and may be able to help.

It’s a bad idea to burn bridges with your employer and colleagues when you start looking elsewhere. It may be tempting to start telling people how you really feel, but it’ll haunt you in the long run, especially when references are needed or when you need to take the odd half a day for an interview. Once you’ve decided you need to break up with your job, be sure to use all of your negative energy into looking for new and exciting opportunities. 

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