Picture yourself with out a job.
Terrifying thought, right? A hint of peniaphobia creeping up your spine, perhaps?
Not having a secure position is a scary thought. An even scarier thought is intentionally leaving one.
Aside from the obvious detrimental effects a toxic work environment can have on your mental and emotional health, staying in a job that you hate can actively stunt you in many other ways.
Here are the substantial signs that it may be time to just call it quits.
It’s always a bad day at work
It’s normal to get burnt out, to have a really bad week, to get into altercations with your coworkers. But misery should not accompany throughout your typical work day.
Should this be an on-going sensitivity, when work starts feeling like an uncomfortable environment to be in, due to the dreaded realization that you actually need to wake up and get to work in the morning… Yeah, it’s time to go.
You aren’t being intellectually stimulated
You should be perpetually growing, changing, and more importantly, learning.
At a certain point in your career, your skills and assets do more than just fill up a pretty résumé; They are what you have to offer your businesses, organizations, current and future employers.
If you find yourself bored, tired, and repetitively wiping the drool off your chin on the back of your new Missguided top, that is an indicator it’s time ‘ta go.
The thought of a new position doesn’t scare you- it excites you
You’ve been in this place for a while now. You know what every second of your work week should look like. You have a repetitive schedule. And tbh, you’re just over it.
You’re daydreaming of new positions, new opportunities. You know you have more to offer the world, and your current position is as limiting as it is a snoozefest.
You guessed it. TTG.
You just don’t give a f*ck anymore
You just can’t seem to care about your position, your coworkers, or the neglected pile of work that’s been sitting on your desk the past week. What’s the worst outcome, you get fired? Sure, the thought kinda shakes you up, but would it really be that bad to you know… Not be here anymore?
In that case, it might just be time to go. (I think? I mean, really, what’s the worst that could happen?)
Should you find yourself caught in daydreaming web of ‘what-ifs?’ on a daily basis, it’s time to step back and evaluate what’s best for you at this point in your life.
The word “unemployment” is still scary to hear in 2017, but happiness and success are not interchangeable with employment. I am in no way advocating ditching your security on a whim, but if your gut is leading you a direction you otherwise may never have considered, it may be time to pack it up and listen to that little voice in your head.