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Career - 10 Signs It's Time to Quit Your Job

Career - 10 Signs You Need a New Job

Most people dread the prospect of looking for employment. In certain instances, however, a job change can become long overdue. If you've considered moving on from your current employer, these ten warning signs might help you take the leap.

  1. You dread the mornings. Few people look forward to facing Monday after an enjoyable weekend. If every single morning fills you with dread, however, it makes sense to start looking for another opportunity.

  1. It's causing overwhelming stress. Stress can have a major influence on our mood, behavior and health. In addition to promoting inflammatory stress hormones, stress can also lead people to cope in destructive ways, whether it's by overeating or drinking alcohol. If your job is stressing you out, consider making a change before you suffer irreversible health problems.

  1. It's causing you to lose sleep. Research has linked inadequate sleep to an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and dementia. If you find yourself up at night worrying about your job, it's probably a good sign you are due for a change.

  1. You've compromised your values. If your employer's goals don't match up with your core principles, you should get out as soon as possible. Even if you have to take a pay cut, you are much more likely to feel happier working for someone who shares your personal values.

  1. Your skills aren't being tapped. For a fulfilling work experience, we need to feel as though we are utilizing our individual gifts. If you feel stifled by your job description, keep a watchful eye for new opportunities that will let you spread your wings.

  1. You've hit your ceiling. Don't waste time working in a position with no room for advancement. Without opportunities for growth, it will be difficult for you to muster enthusiasm day in and day out. If you feel like you've topped out at your current job, look for something that will allow you to make progress in your career.

  1. You work in a negative environment. Are you surrounded by complainers, gossipers and backstabbers? Is the company culture inflexible or nonexistent? If you are being dragged down by a negative work environment, there's good reason to start floating your resume.

  1. You can never do enough. Do your extra efforts go unnoticed? Are your accomplishments quickly forgotten? If your employer has a "what have you done for me lately" mentality, it's time to search for one who will appreciate what you bring to the table.

  1. It's affecting your relationship or kids . If work stress is tainting your homelife, you need to make a change. Even the most lucrative salaries aren't worth it if you aren't able to enjoy your family. Consider how your decision to stay at your job might lead to regret when you kids have grown and moved away.

  1. You have to justify your job. Do you find yourself talking up for your job, when presented with valid arguments from your spouse or friends? "Sure, my boss is a jerk and my co-workers are intolerable, but at least the salary is good." - "Yeah I hate the commute, but I have a great parking space." Whatever the excuse, make sure you are honestly weighing the pros and cons. Many times, people get caught in uncomfortable comfort zones, simply because they fear change.

Exploring Your Options

Instead of searching for the right work environment, more and more people are creating their own. According to a Gallop survey , last year, 43 percent of U.S workers spent at least some time working remotely. What's more, research suggests that remote workers tend to feel happier and more valued compared to their on-site counterparts.

If you're struggling to find satisfaction at your workplace, consider embracing a freelance opportunity. You might also consider talking to your employer to see if you can agree on a way for you to telecommute at least some of the time.

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