People have always told me that “you should never quit a job until you have another one lined up”, which is great advice…but I truly believe that no job is worth risking your health for!
I recently was told about a situation where an employee suffered a panic attack at work, as they were too scared to tell their manager that they weren’t feeling well and needed to go home! They were frightened that they wouldn’t be believed, that they were going to be yelled at and that they would be pointed out to their work colleagues as someone who doesn’t meet the company expectations.
You would think a job that makes us feel like this would be easy to leave, but for many – that’s not the case. The need for financial survival constantly gets the best of us, however I believe it’s always critical to start doing what it takes to get a grip on your inner health and well-being!
Here are some tell-tale signs you should leave your job:
- You dread going to work in the morning. If when your alarm goes off you feel compelled to start sobbing into your pillow, it’s seriously time to rethink your job status. Dig deep and look at what’s really bothering you: Is it a specific chunk of tasks you have to accomplish? Is it not what you work on, but who you work with? Or are you just bored by the monotony? Getting specific about your dread will help you figure out what to do.
- You have absolutely no interest in the work you’re doing. There’s nothing more draining than a job that has nothing to do with your ultimate goals or personal interests. Regardless of what you’re being paid, you’ll never fully enjoy your life or reach your full potential if you’re saddled with so much apathy – it will eventually spill into other areas of your life and dim those as well.
- Your job is so routine, it’s become boring. If your workday has become so monotonous you’re constantly fighting boredom, it’s time to seriously consider moving on. If you’ve talked to your boss and either there’s no follow-through on the promise of change or the changes aren’t shifting how you feel, then it’s a good indicator it’s time to leave your job.
- You’re not “you” anymore. You’ve lost your “spark.” Instead of looking forward to your day, your only focus is surviving it.
- You’re noticing physical changes because of the stress. Where and how we work impacts our body. If you’re losing or gaining weight, experiencing excruciating body pain, anxiety attacks or consistent feelings of melancholy, it’s time to reflect and consider other options.
- You are scared to approach your boss. If your boss leaves you in a permanent state of panic – so much so that you’re losing sleep and experiencing constant feelings of inadequacy – run! Especially if they’ve been approached about these issues before and are in complete denial.
- You’ve entered a spiral of negativity. If you’ve lost the will to care and are putting zero effort into not just your work, but how you dress, act, or complete the smallest of tasks, there’s no doubt it’s time for a change.
- You have no time for yourself. If you’re working so many late nights you don’t feel like a person anymore, leave your job and find one that allows you to have time for yourself. What’s the point of making a living if you don’t have time to actually live?
- You feel like an outcast. If you don’t fit in with how your company operates, or don’t believe in what you’re doing and it makes you uncomfortable, it’s time to move on.
I know leaving your job is one of the hardest decisions to make, and one should never make lightly as it will always have consequences both good and bad, but remember your health and inner well-being will depend on it
Likewise it is always worth considering what maybe actually scarier than you leaving a job you hate? …yep Staying!