Starting a new job is an exciting time. It is a new beginning, a fresh start, and the skies are the limit. On your first day, you just want to make a great impression to your boss.
But as time goes on, the freshness of the role may wear off, or for some of us, the freshness had gone out the door in the first day of work. You try to make the job work but no matter how hard you try, the job is just not a fit for you.
To find out whether it is time for you to leave, here are 5 reasons that it's time to quit your job and look for greener pastures.
1. You Are Not Allowed To Expand Your Skills
The opportunity to learn more in the job and to expand the skill sets is very important. It makes a dull job less dull and it challenges the mind. When you sit down with your manager for a performance review, you can show off by mentioning the skills you learned and the challenges you faced.
I find that if I do not get to learn new skills at my job then I start to get bored/ too comfortable. People can become stagnant in their careers because of this and before they realize it, become obsolete.
Look closely at the company culture to see if what the company says is really what they are practicing. The company may promote personal growth and learning, but the manager is walking to a different tune.
I remember working in a role where I explained to my manager that I wanted to learn a particular task or skill. The response back was sorry it is reserved for seniors only. I was not incompetent at my role, it was just her way of keeping the people in line. Seeing that invisible ceiling in my job really took the winds out of my sails.
If the manager is not giving you opportunities to learn or grow, then it is time to look elsewhere.
2. You Have Stopped Enjoying Work
The average lifespan of a typical person is around 75 (give or take), that means people will be working for at least 55 years or more. The younger generations are expected to work way past their retirement years too.
If we are going to work that long, let's try to do something we enjoy. If money is the motivator for you to do what you do, and you are content where you are, then you are fine.
For those who have that sullen look on their faces at work, you are not doing yourself any favors. When you are unhappy at work, it shows in your job performance, and people will see that. You will not get laid off for having a bad attitude, but be mindful of the annual performance review.
3. There Is No Room For Advancement
What is the next position/ role you see yourself in? If you do not see a direct line to get to that next role, then is it possible to make a lateral move? If this road is also closed for you then perhaps consider a move outside of the company.
The fastest way to a promotion or a pay raise can sometimes be a move outside of the company. I have seen people who have earned their accounting designations or received more schooling and come back to the same role.
Always be thinking of what is next for you. Once you have a goal or a position you want to go into, then you can begin to make a plan to get there.
4. There Is Corporate Restructuring
When I hear of corporate restructuring or a merger, my first instincts is to think of lay offs. There will be duplicated work so management will look for ways to cut some fat out of the organization. Often, it is the company that was acquired that will see most of the lay offs.
Just because you are still here after a few rounds of lay offs, don't think your job is as good as it once was. Now that most of your team is gone, you and the ones remaining have to pick up the remaining work load.
The opposite side to this coin is that you have more of an opportunity to shine. If you believe there is still a clear advantage for you then by all means, stay. Also, by staying, be receptive to change. The worse that can happen is to always say "But we always did it this way".
From my friends and from personal experience, I have seen a corporate restructuring go through and the workload had just increased exponentially. A team was placed under a new VP that didn't have the same goals or vision as the prior VP. This created a bit of confusion and in the end, most of the people in the team just left for other jobs. Had they stayed it might have been a career limiting move.
Just remember, upper management will often use corporate restructuring to dissect teams and carry out new changes. This is not their fault, it is just the way businesses work. Bottom line takes priority when the company is not making money. Find out where you stand in this new hierarchy chart, if you don't see a future, then pack your bags.
5. Relationship with Your Manager is Damaged Beyond Repair
I had written a previous article at Infobarrel about working well with our bosses, and the relationship is very important. If the relationship is broken, try sitting down with your manager and having a one on one talk. See if the differences can be reconciled.
If even having a personal talk with the manager make no difference to the situation, then start job hunting.
A bad manager can really ruin someone's day. So don't be afraid to walk away if it comes to this, it will benefit your career in the long run - and your sanity.
There is not a one size fits all solution. Sometimes based on your circumstances it might not make sense to make a switch. Only you know because you are the one that walks in those shoes. Weigh the options out.
Opportunities do not come by everyday. I believe in life, timing and luck plays a big role. If there is a job that does offer better prospects, don't be afraid to make the leap. Wayne Gretzky said it best with his quote:
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."