Warning signs it’s time to break up with your job

Warning signs it’s time to break up with your job

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Relationships have good days and bad days.

It started out all rosy. For the first 3-6 months, everything in your eyes was PERFECT and you wanted to shout it from the rooftops.

But often after a long period of time, you just aren’t getting out what you put in. Most people find it difficult to break up from their job and current company, fearing that whatever is on the other side might not be as green as they say.

If you’re feeling conflicted about saying goodbye to your current role, then the first step is to check these warning signs that it’s time to break up with your job.


You’re not getting out what you put in… you’re stressed, tired and burning out often

Have you lost the spring in your step you had at the start of your job? Are you now dragging your feet to work and the commute that didn’t seem too bad, now feels like the worst journey every morning and evening? Are you sleeping less, irritable and lacking in high spirits?

These are all symptoms of an increase in stress – and clear warning signs from your body and mind that things aren’t the way they should be.

You put in the graft but if you’re left feeling stressed and burnt out, then its time to look elsewhere for a role that doesn’t affect you like this.


The spark is gone

When you first accepted your role and started working for the company you had high hopes, and it seemed full of possibility. But recently the office atmosphere has changed drastically, and your confidence in the company and organisation has disappeared.

The company might have chosen some commercial or tactical decisions that you don’t agree with or maybe a change in management has brought about rifts within the team and has not been a change for the better.

The spark in the mantle you once held for the business and their values might have also been extinguished because your own values have evolved, and they no longer align with the company. If this is the case, it’s time you start looking for a company you can invest your trust in.


You’ve outgrown your current role and it no longer matches your personal goals and interests

Just like any relationship if both parties can’t grow together, its doomed to fail. It can be hard to accept that despite how much you like your co-workers and your company, the role itself just isn’t doing it for you anymore.

Naturally, your skills and interests will grow and change over time which also leads to you wanting to take on new challenges. But it’s often the case that your company doesn’t have the time or resources to be able to further develop your career. If you’re goals and interests no longer match up to your role, it may be time to break up with your job, so don’t hesitate to start looking at other options elsewhere.


You start thinking ‘this is better than nothing’

Your job makes you unhappy due to stress, outgrowing the role and misaligned values, but you still resign yourself to thinking that It’s better than nothing! You are not really being honest or fair to yourself. Handing in your notice and searching for a new role can be scary, but if it means you find a new role that matches you perfectly, then it will be fully worth making that choice.


You spend your free time and every waking hour thinking about what else is out there

If you are not happy where you are, it’s completely normal to think and look to see what else is out there for you. Most people don’t get all their key needs met in their job, but you should get at least most of them. The important thing to do in this situation is ask yourself, what are your primary needs and are these being met at all.

If this is not the case, its time to break up with your job and look for a new role that meets your interests and needs to the fullest. It’s time to make a commitment to searching for something new and start on the path to a new career today.


You’ve come across this article looking for a sign you should break up with your job!

There’s no denying it, if you’ve experienced one or more of the signs mentioned above, then it might be time to break up with your current job and find a new role ASAP!



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