Quitting your job can be one of the most frightening, yet freeing changes you will ever experience. People tend to quit their jobs for a number of reasons; however, according to the latest research, the two most common reasons that Americans quit their jobs is to pursue a better opportunity (whether it be another job, going back to school, or starting their own business), or because they dislike their current job duties and/or work environment.
1. You dread going to work everyday. When I was in college my dad told me to focus on finding a career path that made me sincerely happy, as opposed to trying to find one that would make me rich. He said that if I chose something that I loved and was good at, then the money would surely follow. To this day, I still take heed to his advise and so should you! If you can’t stand the thought of waking up and going to work each morning, then it may be time to find a new job. Staying at a job that you hate for too long can be detrimental to your mental health and ultimately affect your performance on the job.
(your skills + your passion)= your career
2. You have no room for growth within the company. No one wants to remain stagnant in terms of their career or any other aspect of their life. It goes without saying that most people aspire to move up within their company or field of work. If you are working diligently and going above and beyond the scope of your jobs duties, but are still not progressing in your field or moving up in the company you work for then it may be time to explore other options. One of the major reasons why many people are not promoted within the companies they work for is because there is simply no room for growth within some companies. This could be due to the size of the company, or a limited amount of positions. To combat this issue, consider moving to a company that is thriving and that seeks to promote internally.
3. You feel overworked and underpaid. There’s nothing worse than being overworked AND underpaid. If you are an employee who feels that you aren’t being fairly compensated for the work that you do then I have two words for you–MOVE ON! Companies that value their employees understand that their time and effort is valuable and that they should be compensated in a way that conveys that belief. If you are not being paid fairly, based on your experience level, time, and overall contribution to the company you work for, then don’t hesitate to seek other employment opportunities.
4. You are ready for a career change. People decide to change career paths for a number of reasons. Whether you have become bored with your current career, or have stumbled upon a new passion that you’d like to align your career with, changing career fields can be a life-altering event. In some cases, doing so may require you to go back to school or receive specialized training. Whatever the case may be, be sure to embrace the change and approach your new journey with a positive outlook.
5. You work in a toxic environment. The average full-time employee works about 40 hours each week, which equates to 160 hours per month and 1,920 hours per year. That means that if you work full-time you spend at least 2,000 hours out of the year at work. Because you spend such a substantial amount of time at the workplace, it is important that the environment be peaceful, enjoyable, or at the bare minimum, tolerable. Unfortunately some employees are subjected to toxic work environments which lead to stress, and other mental and physical issues. If you feel that you work in an environment that you deem is toxic, start packing up your desk now!
6. You want to be your own boss. Are you a natural-born leader? Do you have an entrepreneurial mindset? Do you have business ideas that you want to bring to life? A traditional nine-to-five is not for everyone. If you are ready to take control of your career and be your own boss, consider taking a leap of faith and starting your own business. It is important to keep in mind that being an entrepreneur often requires a lot more time, effort, and resources than working a nine-to-five. So if you are looking to make a quick buck or become an overnight success, the entrepreneur life may not be for you. However, if you have time, patience, drive, and a passion for doing business then starting your own business is definitely a viable option.
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