Aug 09, 2022
Sometimes it can be hard to differentiate between feeling burned out by your job and the need to make a career change. The difference between feeling temporary stress and the need to change workplaces isn’t always so clear. To help you think things over, here’s a list of signs that it might be time to quit your job to help you figure out if right now really is the right time.
1. You’re Not Learning Anything New
Learning is one of the best benchmarks for growth. Even if you are an expert in your field, you should still feel as though you have opportunities to learn something new each day or at the very least, offer something new to your colleagues. If you find your work unchallenging or intellectually unrewarding, it might be time to move on.
2. You Wouldn’t Recommend Your Workplace to a Friend or Colleague
Sometimes we all need to let off steam about our jobs. We typically vent about a stressful or frustrating few weeks to our friends. However, if it seems that this venting is becoming more regular, there’s an easy way to determine if it might be time to move on – if you wouldn’t recommend your employer to a friend, then why is it good enough for you?
3. Your Job is Adversely Affecting Your Health
Stress, anxiety, and depression are often symptoms of a deeper underlying issue and that issue could be your job. An increased or unmanageable patient volume and consistently longer than average work hours could leave you feeling overwhelmed or burned out. Anxiety and stress often manifest themselves as chronic headaches, decreased attention span, increased anger or frustration, and insomnia that could begin to cause your health to deteriorate. If the stress of your workplace is beginning to feel unmanageable, if you’re experiencing any level of depression, and if you’re beginning to physically experience symptoms of burnout, it might be helpful to talk to a recruiter or mentor about finding a new workplace.
4. You Constantly Feel Overwhelmed at Work
Feeling overwhelmed can be an early indication that you’re burned out. While it’s normal to have periods of stress or frustration during your career, these emotional responses are typically temporary. However, there’s a difference between feeling frustrated and being burned out. For example, working occasional overtime shifts because of temporary staffing issues can be frustrating. However, if overtime shifts have become your workplace’s new normal, you may start feeling overworked and underappreciated. If you’re closer to feeling burned out, it’s time to reassess your options and even take a break.
5. You Can’t Be Yourself
Culture can make or break a workplace. If you find that you can’t be your authentic self or feel the need to hide things about yourself at work, it might not be the right workplace for you – and that’s okay. Not every place is for everybody. What’s important is finding the right place for you.
6. Your Workplace is Compromising Your Integrity
If your workplace is tempting you to make choices that go against your beliefs or ethics, it’s probably not a good place to be. Here’s the thing about integrity – like trust, once it’s compromised, it’s hard to get back. Instead of sticking around, stick up to poor choices and see yourself out of there.
7. You’re Not Earning What You Should
Passion can only go so far. Sometimes we rightly choose opportunities because our passions align. However, if you’re beginning to feel that your skills aren’t being adequately compensated and you’ve discussed this issue with your manager, it might be time to reevaluate the opportunity. In fact, there are almost always more opportunities out there. You just have to be willing to find them and luckily, Inline can help!
Whether you’re just thinking about a possible career change or have been discerning a move in a new direction, Inline can help you find the right opportunity for you, right now. Our recruiters are ready to help.