Should I stay or should I go?  Job frustration happens to everyone. Here we look at some top signs to consider and if they sound familiar it may be time to kiss that job good-bye!


1. You find out a fellow employee is being paid more than you are for the same work

We all want to feel like we are valued and getting paid top dollar for our efforts.  But, if you find out that you’re being paid less than a colleague for the same work, take a deep breath, take some time by sleeping on it and then take the PayScale Salary Survey CLICK HERE to make sure you know what you’re worth.

If after this time the numbers don’t add up, ask your manager for some face-time to see if the situation can be remedied. If not, you guessed it: time to start looking for your next job.


2. Responsibility Level is Stagnant

If you’ve been with an organization for more than a year and a half and they haven’t started the conversation about added responsibility or additional compensation, it’s probably time to bring it up yourself.

If you don’t get much enthusiasm in that conversation from your employer….or they are dragging their heels about it, it might be time to quit your job.



3. Responsibilities Are Changing

Another small clue that it might be time to quit your job is something called “off-loading” which means your responsibilities seem to be shifting to someone else.

If this is the case, pay attention to what’s being taken off your plate. If it’s a function you feel well-suited for, or aren’t necessarily trying to give up, this could mean your employer is grooming another employee (or new position) to absorb your responsibilities.

In any case if you suspect this is happening and you are not being kept in the communication loop of changes…it may be time to quit your job.


4. Promotion Bypass

If, after a few months, that promotion you’ve been promised still hasn’t become reality, it’s probably not going to. Set a meeting with your boss to talk about a transition timeline, and tell them that you’d like to be in a role with more responsibility in the next eight to 12 weeks. If you get a bad response to this plan,  it’s probably time to look for a new job.

5. Your Efforts Outweigh the Benefits

While there are advantages to being a full-time employee (health insurance, paid time off, etc.), it’s important to keep the these so called “perks” in perspective. No project is worth killing yourself to accomplish and while some industries might be more upfront about burning the midnight oil, if you find yourself in the office more often than you’re outside of it, it’s probably time to quit your job.


6. The Freedom Factor

Our current economic climate has given lots of professionals flexibility in how they work, including things like freelance roles and remote location opportunities.

For some, the security of an office and a 40 hour per week job is exactly what fits the bill, but for others not so much.  If you find yourself dreaming of an office that overlooks the ocean, or love working hours that are not in the 9 to 5 confines and generally just like to work with a bit more freedom to plan work in your own terms, it might be time to quit your job.


8. The Company Mission Does not Exist

There’s a trend in business where making money takes precedence over everything else, including doing quality work, being responsible to employees or clients, or having any kind of big picture vision. If you find yourself questioning the future of the company, your involvement in it, or the integrity of the work you’re doing, it’s probably time to quit your job.


9. You just Don’t Like It


Here is the best tip for last. If you just aren’t that into your job it may be the best indicator of all that it is time to say good-bye.

Of course we live in a world where you have to have some kind of a job, but just remember we are in the golden age of job variety.  Consulting, dog-walking, closet organization, you name it , there are thousands of jobs to be filled and there’s really no need to work at a job you hate.

If you find yourself in a role that just isn’t a fit for you, it just may be time to quit that job!

BOTTOM LINE: Change can be scary,  but it’s usually worth it. Take charge of your career and if the dots don’t connect, make a move!

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