At first, you probably loved your job and the company you were working for—or, at least, you thought you would when you accepted the offer. But sometimes that excitement and eagerness to succeed can fade away, and before you know it, you’re stuck in the same routine at the same office with the same people.
This rut can be disheartening and disappointing, especially when you’ve mastered your craft and there’s no opportunity for advancement. But the good news? Just like a bad relationship or a toxic friendship, you can cut ties with your job. It might not be easy to walk out the corporate door, but here are six signs you’re probably better off lending your talents elsewhere.
Your supervisor doesn’t see your potential
It’s important to work for someone who motivates and encourages you and helps you hone in on your best qualities. If your skills and talents aren’t being acknowledged, you’ll have a difficult time growing in your position. And expanding your knowledge and experience is what having a job is all about—it’s what helps you climb the ladder in your industry. So if you notice you’re no longer getting desirable assignments or being included in big opportunities, find the nearest exit and don’t look back.
You can’t stand the people you work with
It happens all too often where we land a stellar job at a reputable company and every single duck is lined up in a row—except for the coworkers you interact with every day. This infiltrates every part of your day, from your first interactions (sometimes even before you’ve had your morning coffee) to who you’re having lunch with to whether you’re able to complete your tasks. You have to trust and depend on the people on your team, but that’s no guarantee you’ll work well together or even get along. If you can’t work to solve your problems and your boss isn’t on board to help you fix them, it’s time to say “peace!”
You’re so stressed it’s affecting your health
Coming down with a cold or sickness, especially during changes of the seasons, is normal and expected. But if you’re feeling worn down and fatigued almost every day after leaving the office, something’s gotta give—and that might be your job. Remember, it’s not only you who’s affected by the physical strains your work-life is putting on you. It’s also your friends, family and acquaintances. If you’re super moody and lethargic every time you see your loved ones, or are coughing up a lung during your bootcamp class, people will start to notice.
You’re slacking and you know it
If you find yourself still treading water, even after putting in a ton of effort and energy towards getting the work done, it’s a sign your job is probably not the right fit. Remember that landing the next job will depend somewhat on your performance in your last position. The more time you spend performing below expectations, the tougher time you may have convincing potential employers of your capabilities.
You never want to come to work
Like anything else you do on an almost-daily basis, work can easily become something you stop being excited about. While it’s normal to not want to work on certain days—like when it’s pouring outside or below 20 degrees—it’s not normal to dread every single day. If you’re peeling yourself out of bed each morning to commute to a work environment that makes you miserable, it’s probably time to make a move. You didn’t work so hard to graduate college or specialty school to spend more than 75 percent of your time in a passionless plot.
There’s no room to move up
It’s easy to get stuck doing the same type of work for way too long and not getting the recognition you deserve or the opportunity to advance to a higher title. But at the same time, it’s important to remember that your skills—and the time and effort you put into your work—should be recognized. If you’ve been on the job for several years and there’s been no mention or signs that you’re able to advance to a more senior position, speak to your boss. If he or she is clueless or disinterested, it’s time move on to something bigger and better.