I recently quit my job after being unhappy at work for 6-9 months. I was overworked, underappreciated for the extra work I was doing and worst of all, senior management was unable and unwilling to help. It has been one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make but it has been one of the best decisions I’ve made for myself. In hindsight I wish I had done it sooner.
If you are not happy with your job, some telltale signs that it’s time to leave your job are:
- You are no longer enjoying what you are doing;
- You dread going into work each day;
- The work environment is negative, whether it be the culture, your work colleagues or political challenges;
- You feel like your contribution is not being valued;
- You constantly feel overwhelmed with your workload;
- There are no opportunities for growth or career progression; and/or
- You don’t see eye to eye with the company’s goals.
I had been contemplating the decision of whether to leave or not for a long period of time and after thinking it through at great lengths, I decided that leaving the job was the best thing for me.
Some of the key things I learn from quitting my job were:
- A sensible work/life balance needs to be maintained. As much as I was willing to put in the extra hours at work, there came a point where it got to be too much.
- Stress is much more harmful to one’s health than most people realise. Not only were the high workloads affecting me at work, but I began to see that the stress was affecting my health as well. I was losing sleep, my eating patterns were being impacted, which in turn was also impacting my general health and wellbeing.
- Happiness is far more important than money. This was one of the key factors which drove my decision to quit – at the end of the day, a job is a job and when you are no longer enjoying what you are doing, then it may be time to find something else.
- We work to live and not live to work. This goes hand in hand with the point above.
I hope some of the thoughts above help those of you who are stuck in a similar situation at work. Remember to look after yourselves and that life is too short to be unhappy!