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Are you constantly stressed about work? Do you feel as though you don’t fit in at the office? Have you experienced verbal abuse on the job? If so, you might be ready to move on. In fact, according to the experts, these are just a few of the 14 signs that it’s time to leave your job.

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You lack passion

“You’re not waking up most mornings with a feeling of excitement towards your job,” Hockett says. That feeling you had when you first started working there–thinking about all the possibilities and contributions ahead with a sense of glee—is gone.

Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant; How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job, says if you’re not doing what you love, you will never tap your true potential. “It will just continue to be ‘a job,’ and eventually each day will seem more of a grind.”


You’re miserable every morning

Quite simply, you dread going into work. When you have lost your passion for your job, seek advice how to re-ignite that passion.

Your company is sinking

There’s no need to go down with this ship – put on your life preserver and get in the water.

You really dislike the people you work with and/or your boss

You can try to work out the problems you’re having with colleagues or your manager—but know that sometimes they’re not fixable.

You’re consistently stressed, negative, and/or unhappy at work

If you get anxious or unhappy just thinking about work, that’s a good sign that it’s time to move on.

Your work-related stress is affecting your physical health

The work, people, or culture is unhealthy, and it has a negative impact on you physically and mentally. The stress is present both inside and outside of work; it’s consuming. Your family and friends are affected by this, too. When work starts affecting your health–physical, mental, or both–it’s time to get out or get help.

You don’t fit in with the corporate culture and/or you don’t believe in the company anymore

You feel that there are ethical or moral differences in how the company and you believe the firm should operate; cultural differences; work ethic clashes, and so on. Whatever the issue, you’re morally misaligned with your employer, and it’s an uncomfortable workplace setting.

Your work performance is suffering

If you’re no longer productive at work, even though you’re capable of performing the task(s), you might want to start looking for new work, Hockett says.

You no longer have good work-life balance

When you find that you’re spending less time with your family because of work, or you cannot commit the necessary time to your job, you should consider looking elsewhere.

Your skills are not being tapped

Management doesn’t acknowledge that you have more to offer than what you’ve been contributing for a significant amount of time, you’ve been passed over for promotion, or attempts to take on more challenging assignments have failed. No one has said anything, however, you are no longer getting the plum assignments, you are no longer asked to attend key meetings, or your proposals are met with silence or denial, Hockett adds. These are signs that you should be looking for a new opportunity.

Your job duties have changed/increased, but the pay hasn’t

Sometimes there’s a good reason for this—but it’s usually a sign you should go. When downsizing has moved your team into double time, but certainly nowhere near double compensation, it may be time to move on. That’s especially true if the company is performing well, but it’s not reflected in your salary or other rewards.

Your ideas are not being heard

If your ideas are no longer heard or valued; you can’t seem to get time with the ‘powers that be’; or you cannot get approvals or acknowledgment for great work, think about finding help.

You’re bored and stagnating at your job

If you’re not growing or learning anything new, it might be time to leave. They say when you’ve outgrown the position and there is no opportunity for advancement–or you seem to work the same job day in, day out without any opportunity for growth, even though you crave more–it’s time to get out.

You are experiencing verbal abuse, sexual harassment, or are aware of any type of other illegal behavior

If you’re the victim of bullying, sexual harassment or other egregious behavior, you should certainly keep an eye out for other positions, regardless of what corrective measures you’re taking.

Once you realize it might be time to leave your job, you’ll first want to set goals for yourself detailing what you are looking for in terms of responsibilities, company culture, compensation, and benefits.

But if you’re not quite there yet, watching other people do it can be just as fun.

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