Let’s face it, we all get a bit stressed out at work sometimes. We have bad days, changes are made that don’t suit our style of working, we have issues with our bosses or with other staff, we feel like we’re not getting anywhere, or we just have a period of not enjoying our jobs. But, that doesn’t always mean that it’s time to throw in the towel. If we quit every time we had a bad day, got a little stressed out or didn’t enjoy our jobs, none of us would ever have a successful career.
So, how do you know the difference? How can you tell if it’s just a bad few weeks or a bit of stress, as opposed to time to move on? Let’s take a look.
What’s Causing Your Stress?
Sometimes, there’s an apparent cause of work stress. Think about what’s getting you down, what you don’t enjoy about your job or what you go home worried about. If there is something specific, you might be able to make some changes that could help. Look at accounting tips from Level Office if you hate accounts and finance. Speak to your manager if you feel like you are being mistreated or ask for changes to be made to make your work life better.
If there’s no one thing, and it’s more of a general feeling of stress and unhappiness, then it might be time to look for something new.
Are You Bored?
Do you dread going into work? Does going through the same routine everyday bore you to tears? Do you sit staring at the clock, counting down the seconds until you can go home? Do you long for the days of being excited about your job? Of learning new things and meeting new people? Is office morale low? Well, this boredom may or may not mean that it’s time to quit.
If you’ve worked in your company for a long time, pushed yourself hard and feel like you’ve learned everything you can and there is nowhere left for you to go, then it might be time to give up.
However, you should honestly ask yourself if this is the case first. Have you given your all? Have you tried your best and learned everything there is to know? Or, could you give more? Might you be bored merely because you lack focus and drive? Sit down with your superior and make a plan. Talk about where you want to be and what you can do to get there. Set some goals and find new ways to push yourself. You never know, you might fall in love with your job again.
Do You Want to Do Something Else?
It’s never a good idea to jump from one job with no idea what you want to do. You certainly don’t want to spend your life bouncing from one lousy job to another. But, if there is something you want to try, something that you feel passionate about and think about all of the time, do some research and make the leap.