We can’t deny that our jobs are integral parts of our lives. We spend most hours during the day at work, especially in full time. From the time you wake up in the morning, to the time you switch on your computer at work, your mind is programmed to think about work.
On average, most full time workers spend between thirty to forty-five hours at work.
Imagine waking up every morning to go to a job you no longer enjoy. This means you will be spending about forty hours of your life in mental torture every week. Working in a job that deprives you of your mental stability and joy isn’t worth keeping.
It is important to know the right time to quit a job. However, adequate consideration needs to be made before taking that bold step. Don’t just quit because of conflict or workload pressure. Weigh different options and pose some questions before handing in your letter.
1. Is it detrimental to your mental or physical health?
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If you can no longer handle the physical demands of your job, it may be the time to negotiate with the management for less demanding role. If nothing can be done about that, then you may need to consider exploring a different route outside the organisation. Your mental health is really important. Therefore, mental fatigue must not be overlooked. You must know when to draw the line especially if stress is affecting your performance at work.
2. Are there opportunities for growth or progression?
If you have been in a company for years without developing new skills and growing, then you need to find the next exit. The job market is becoming very competitive. Hence, you need to keep developing your skills to become part of the competition.
3. Have you lost your passion, drive and satisfaction?
Passion is what keeps most people in their jobs. When you lose that energy, it is best to evaluate why you have lost the zeal. Is there something you can do to revive the passion? A job that isn’t fulfilling will only last for a while. This means once you start losing satisfaction, it may be time to find the next job.
4. Is it financially rewarding?
Are you investing more time and energy than your financial reward? It may be lame to say that every job deserves payment but the truth is, if you are using your brainpower and energy then you must be rewarded reasonably. There is no need to get drained mentally and physically daily if the reward isn’t worth it. Know your worth and move on if they cannot afford you
5. Do you feel unappreciated?
Are you being recognised for your achievements? Are your points taken on board? If you feel like your performance is not been recognised, then you may need to find out the reason from your line manager. Feeling unappreciated may affect your confidence and self-esteem which in turn affects your performance; thus leading to the continuous cycle of your efforts being unappreciated.
6. Are you able to maintain work life balance?
There is more to life than work. Family, friends, wellbeing and personal interests are important aspects of life that should not be neglected. You need to have a balanced lifestyle as this contributes to sound emotional, spiritual, social and physical wellbeing.
I believe no one gets to the end of life wishing they spent more time at work. Most people wish they could have spent more time with family and friends. Some wish they could have taken care of their health better.
Even though a job is essential to better living; if it neglects other important aspects of your life, then you should consider finding the next option.