How's your job? Do you love it? Like it? Tolerate it? What about hate it? What about downright despise it to the point you could care less if they fired you? That may seem extreme, but a lot of times it gets to that point before people finally move on from a job they're not made to do. Here are 9 ways you'll know when it's time to quit your job.
1) When your integrity and ethics are in tact but your innovation and drive are not.
You're a good person. You try to make sure you've dotted the "i's" and crossed the "t's". You work until two zeros follow the 5, and do the basics of your job as detailed from your manager. But that's where the quality in your work ethic ends. You've zoned out from your creativity. You've given up on fresh, new ideas to get things done on the job. Not only that, you don't even give much effort into the new ideas your company has initiated. You care enough to not get fired, but that's about it. While others seem to go the extra mile, you feel pretty content hanging back while others pass you by.
2) When you dread Sunday's because they lead to Mondays.
Weekends have a funny feeling when you hate your job. At the end of the day Friday, you're pumped. You've got 48 hours ahead of you to live your life the way you want. But Sunday comes fast, and before you've had the chance to soak up life, you're stuck in the drudgery of the "paycheck cycle". This is where your job has become nothing but a paycheck. You live for the weekend, you work for the paycheck. You hate Sundays, because all they do is lead to Mondays. It's like you're 16 years old again, and the weekends are awesome, but you'd rather get your wisdom teeth cut out than go to Monday morning's Algebra class.
3) When you spend your days at work daydreaming about your hobby.
You have a passion. You have a hobby. You have something there, somewhere deep inside, that gives you exuberant joy. It's not that this passion consumes you, but when you hate your life 40-50 hours a week, retreating mentally to a place you love is pretty easy. Your hobby is begging for your attention, the kind you barely give to your job. If this passion begins to steal away time at your job when you should be focused on work, that can be dangerous. It's important that you find time away from work to spend energy towards those interests. That quality time may lead to financial benefits down the line, or if nothing else, intense enjoyment.
4) When faking it is harder than ever.
You go to the meetings and throw out half-baked ideas on increasing sales. You ramble through conversations with co-workers about new products or new company initiatives. You see your boss, or his boss, or the boss of his boss, and masquerade enthusiasm like an Oscar winning actor. All the while, you're dying inside. You're wearing the mask as long as you can to make it to the end of the day where, for a few hours of downtime and sleep, you can remove it. Faking it is hard.
5) When you begin thinking more negatively about your company and its leadership.
It's not that the management at your company is bad, it's just that you simply don't care. And the longer you don't care, the more disdain you have for those that do. This happens especially when you've been with a company who doesn't value you or your opinion. If you work for a place where the management clearly has no interest in helping you get promoted or develop yourself, it's probably time to get out. Good management/leadership is evident when there is a true desire by those in charge to see those under them grow, develop, excel, and move up.
6) When your attitude at home matches your attitude at work.
This is the unfortunate part of hating your job. If your sour attitude about your work comes home with you, it will negatively affect your family. It will affect your spouse and your kids, and turn what should be your oasis away from work into a never-ending nightmare for you and your family. If you despise work so much that you cannot let that hatred go when you're home away from work, you need to get out. Fast.
7) When your job search is for "anything other than what you're doing".
The easiest thing to do when you hate your job is to start job searching. Not career searching...JOB searching. If you hate your job bad enough and long enough, then you'll be willing to look for anything that ISN'T your job to go and do for money. This doesn't do anyone any good, because if you leave a job you hate for another job you know you won't love, then you've extended your occupational depression into a new work environment with new management and new co-workers. It may feel good temporarily, but if your actual job doesn't bring you any satisfaction, you'll be back at square one. Even if you enjoy the people you work for and work with, the work itself will keep you from feeling happy.
8) When your career path has a dead end.
So many people stay at a job thinking their loyalty will earn them a promotion. In 2015, this couldn't be farther from the truth. Companies are no more loyal to you than you are to them. Everyone has to make that decision for themselves when their time is up for waiting out a promotion. If you've had at least two different opportunities and still weren't given a chance, it may be time to look elsewhere. Life is too short to spend time in a job where you're career path is a dead end.
9) When you're nervous about what your tombstone will say.
This could apply to an obituary as well. If you are scared of what your tombstone may say about you and your career, change. Think about what you would want an obit our tombstone to say about you when you're gone. "Here lies so and so who spent 50 years at so and so company as a mid-level manager." Now don't get me wrong. Being at one place that long even as just a mid-level manager may truly be a dream for some people. Essentially this is the rule of no regrets. Think about yourself at age 80. What do you want to look back on your life as having done? What kind of impact do you want to have made on others? Don't make this as much about the tombstone though. Consider the word "legacy". What will yours be?