Signs it Might be Time to Move on From Your Job

Woman sat at desk wondering if it's time to move on from her job

Are you feeling stuck in your current job?  Thinking it’s time for a change? If you find yourself nodding in agreement, then we’re here to help. Making the decision to move on from your job can be difficult, especially if you’ve been with the company a long time. In this guide, we’ll explore the indicators that suggest a change may be needed and give you advice on how to navigate the pitfalls and come to a decision which is right for you.

Job Dissatisfaction

If you’re consistently unhappy at work, it could be a sign that it’s time to move on from your job. If you find yourself dreading Mondays, constantly counting down the hours until the end of the workday, or lacking enthusiasm for your tasks, consider finding an opportunity that makes you feel happier. We spend a large part of our lives at work, and everyone should be able to find joy and fulfilment in what they do!

Before making any final decisions, try to identify the cause of your unhappiness. Are you feeling overwhelmed or undervalued? Has the atmosphere in the office changed? Once you understand what’s causing your unhappiness, you can then decide if it can be resolved in your current role, or if it’s time to move on.

Stagnant Career Growth

It’s natural to want to learn and progress in your career; a position that doesn’t offer progression can leave you feeling stagnant and unfulfilled. If your career growth has halted and you’re feeling underutilised it might be time to explore new possibilities

The good news is that you don’t necessarily have to leave your current company to grow! Consider what tasks you enjoy doing. Do you feel that your skills could be utilised elsewhere in the business? Sit down with your manager and explore if there are any options for additional training and development, in areas that interest you, which could also add value to the business.

Toxic Work Environment

A toxic workplace can take a toll on your well-being and is often a common reason for people choosing to move on from their job. Signs can include excessive stress, lack of teamwork, micromanagement, and poor communication.

Employers are often surprised when someone hands in their notice, not having been aware of how unhappy their employee has been feeling. By discussing concerns early on, you open a clear line of communication between yourself and line manager. Hopefully this means that action will be taken swiftly if you flag any issues going forwards. Companies would rather retain high-quality staff than find someone to replace them!

Clash of Values

There’s nothing worse than doing something you don’t believe in, or working in a business where the culture isn’t right. If your core beliefs don’t align with your company’s, it can lead to feelings of disconnection and dissonance.

Before deciding it’s time to leave, consider whether the company seems to be moving in a positive direction. Have new policies been implemented recently? Is there wellbeing strategies in place?  Does the company allow flexible working? Can you see your values aligning in the near future? If not, it may be time to make that move.

Taking the Next Step

If you’re feeling unhappy, not progressing within your role or your values don’t match with your company, it might be time to consider leaving your job. Take some time to reflect on your priorities and goals and see if there are ways to resolve any issues you may be having. If you’ve tried everything and you’re still unhappy, get in touch to see how we could help.

Moving on is OK if a job isn’t the right fit and there are always plenty of other possibilities!