A change is as good as a rest

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Do you dread going into work most Mondays? Or, well, every Monday?

It’s just a fact of life that we can’t all love our work all of the time — sometimes, for a whole variety of reasons, things just don’t work out and going to work every day becomes not just a chore, but a nightmare.

Sometimes, things change suddenly and you just know that it’s time to move on. Other times, however, work can simply start to grind you down: there’s a persistent nag that just won’t go away. However, quitting your job isn’t a decision you should make hastily. There are many factors you need to think about before you take the leap.

Leaving the comfort of your job will undoubtedly have a remarkable impact on your life and, therefore, you should give it careful consideration. If you are wondering when the time is right, here are some of the circumstances where you may have no choice.

Your Job is impacting your health

If you are finding that you are having trouble sleeping, you’re suffering from migraines or a lack of appetite due to the stress of your job, you should consider quitting immediately. You are putting your body and mind under severe stress, which in some instances, can lead to even more serious conditions such as psychiatric illnesses, high blood pressure and heart problems. No job is worth compromising your health – it’s time to move on!

Deterioration or lack of relationship with your boss

For reasons potentially unknown to you, communication with your boss has broken down and as a result, you are finding that along with it have gone many of your responsibilities. It could be that you are being left out of important meetings, getting the cold shoulder or having your work undermined in front of others.

Whatever you do, don’t do anything until you talk to your boss to find out what exactly is going on. It always a possibility that there is a reasonable explanation for this change in behaviour or it could be that your boss has lost faith and is pushing you out. Either way, it needs to be addressed so that you can both move forward.

You have simply become bored

For you to continue to remain engaged, it is the responsibility of your employer to ensure that you are challenged by creating opportunity for development, creating recognition and reward and communicating effectively. All these factors will have a direct effect on your motivation and loyalty to the company.

You may have started as a novice but, over the years, you have been honing your skills, building your confidence and adding a huge amount of value to your organisation. You may now you have more knowledge than your job requires. If you find that you are overqualified for your existing role, and there’s no room for progression, it’s most definitely time to start looking elsewhere for a job where you can put your hard-earned experience and skills to good use.

You have been offered a new job

Accepting that you are not going to receive that raise you deserve may make it a little easier to say goodbye. It’s always hard to leave a job you like but if you need or want to earn more money, this may be the best thing you can do for yourself. If you receive an offer you find appealing — for example, one that pays more or is a better cultural fit — you would be wise to seriously consider.

You are not getting the work life balance you require

Often, it is difficult to strike the right balance between home and work life, especially where children and family are concerned. To look after your family, there is always the option of working from home, working flexible hours or finding a job with an easier commute.  If your qualm is not enough time at the gym or socialising with your friends, you need to ask yourself if a balance can be struck and your current job and, if not, are you satisfied or being rewarded sufficiently for sacrificing your quality of life?

Are you feeling as though it is time to move on and look elsewhere? Executive Partnerships specialises in connecting talented administration professionals with new opportunities. Find out more about how we can help on our jobs pages

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