If you’ve realized that you’re overqualified for your job, then it’s worth seeing if there’s an opportunity for growth within your company. If there’s no path forward, it could be time to look elsewhere.
3. You hate the work.
Some jobs are stepping stones to your dream job and require dealing with some unpleasant tasks; others are just bad fits. A good way to differentiate between the two is to look at your manager’s boss — if you’d be happy with that job, then you’re on the right track.
4. You don’t fit into your company’s culture.
Being an employee means being part of a team, and if you still feel like an outcast at your company after six months or so, then you should probably find a work environment better suited to your personality and values.
5. You have a terrible boss.
A bad boss can be a bully, arrogant, and a poor team manager. If his or her shortcomings are affecting your productivity and happiness, it might not be worth putting up with.
6. Your company is in a downward spiral.
If your company is in a difficult financial period, or an upcoming merger or acquisition threatens your department, there’s no reason to go down with a sinking ship.
7. Your health is affected by stress and anxiety.
If your unhappiness at work is being manifested in excruciating body aches, anxiety attacks, or a general state of melancholy, it’s time to consider new job options.
8. The way up the ladder isn’t appealing.
Imagine life at your company five years from now after a couple of promotions — are you happy? Does your boss’ position seem like something you would enjoy doing?
If there’s no role above you in your company that you’re shooting for, you should be open to different job opportunities that may arise.
9. You wake up dreading the day.
If you wake up each morning to an overwhelming sense of dread, try to pinpoint the reason and address it with your employer. And if you ultimately find that there’s no way to escape misery at your job, then life is just too short — it’s time to go.