Are you having thoughts about a new job? Do you love your role but your boss is giving you a tough time at the moment? Or maybe you love your boss but the workload is affecting your stress levels?
Sometimes, you need to stick it out, take on some new responsibilities, or the opportunity to change roles within an organisation. But it’s not always that easy, and making the difficult decision to move on is the only way to improve the situation.
But how do you know when you should make the jump and start a job search?
At CALLCARE, we put together this useful flowchart to help you determine whether it’s really time to throw in the towel or whether there’s life in your job yet.
Signs to look out for
When things aren’t going smoothly at work, you need to establish what the problem is. We’ve taken a look at a few of the key warnings signs that you need to move on.
1. I’m not learning anything
Often when we feel bored at work, it’s because we’re not being challenged. Our brains need stimulation, and if you’ve been in the same role for a long time you may hit a plateau.
If you do become stagnant, you’ll only get more and more disengaged until it’s noticeable in your output. If you reach that point, leaving might not be your decision anymore.
A way to negate this is to ask for new opportunities within your current role. A new skill, a new department, an extra responsibility. It may seem like extra work, but then the novelty of learning a new skill could energise you and reignite the passion you once felt.
2. Work is making me ill
Too much stress can suppress your immune system and cause you to get sick more easily.
According to a study, 60 to 80% of doctor’s office visits may be stress-related.
Before you go rushing off to write your notice letter, ask your self: when was your last holiday? If the answer is more than 6 months ago then maybe a break would do you good. Getting away from the office for a week or two is enough time to reset your system and reduce your stress levels. This means you’ll come back refreshed and ready to get your head in the game.
Exercise is also crucial: it’s one of the best stress-busting tool in your arsenal. Physical activity pumps up your endorphin levels, meaning you’re ready to take your workload on at full pace.
3. My boss doesn’t care about me
A great manager can make all the difference at work. By checking in regularly with their team, a good boss should be able to pick up if the workload is getting too much, or their staff are becoming disenchanted with their progression. If this type of support isn’t available to you, then it might be time to find a company with values that match your own.
However, you should give your boss a chance to address these issues before you go ahead and leave. They may be struggling with a heavy workload too, or just unaware of your concerns if you’re a quiet person. Be clear with them about what you want. You might find that they’re more than willing to give it to you: all you had to do was ask.
Should I stay or should I go?
There always comes a time when you need to move on, and often, it marks the beginning of a bright new season in your career. If the time is right, make sure you leave on good terms — no matter how ready you are to leave, you should always keep things professional.
That way, you’ll have a positive reputation that precedes you wherever you go.