Many of us convince ourselves that there must be a better job out there, one that will relieve our frustration and resentment, and the feeling of unfulfilled. Nevertheless, the reality is that the grass is always greenest where you fertilize it. What matters most in our work is our relationships, our impact, and our ability to grow.
Before making the leap to new job and potentially regretting your decision, take time to reflect on the state of your relationships, the impact your current role has, and your opportunities for personal growth. Is there more you could be doing to maximize them? Are you valuing the co-workers you spend so much of your time with? Are pushing yourself to go to the next level?
Being completely burnt out can happen to the best of us and it is not uncommon. Especially for vacation deprived Americans. But we can’t all quit and go live on the beach. Therefore, we have to come up with a way to recover somehow. You can bounce back. A break and a few deep breaths and back on track.
Being burnt out can also result in cynicism and detachment. What is Burnout exactly?
By definition “Burnout is a psychological term that refers to long-term exhaustion and diminished interest in work.”
In much simpler term, “Enough of this shit!”
Being mentally tired is not a pleasant feeling and it is the kind of tired because of burnt out produces. When you are mentally tired, your body is going through not only emotional but also often time physical changes that if not address sooner or later can create destructive effect. The clusters in your brain would continue to create conversations such as “This job sucks! Things will never get better,” “Nothing I do makes any difference,” “No one listen to me anyway why bother.”
Paradoxically in short-term having these mental clusters may create some motivation for you to get your job done; however, it is hard to find motivation or inspiration with those kind of thoughts ringing in your head long-term. As a result, you become less likely to be productive, or engaging in any meaningful activity.
When do you know it is Time to leave your job? There are a three signs that might help you in determining whether or not it is time to move on.
As the cliche goes, most people take a job for the organization and leave because of their manager. No manager is perfect, but there are some who are simply not a good fit, or worse are incompetent and undermine the teamwork of those around him or her. If you encountered someone who is locked into a bad fit, it may require jumping ship.
Other reason why you might want to consider leaving your toxic environment is if the values of the organization do not align with yours. This can rarely be fixed and it becomes an issue of integrity. Working for an organization that provides services or produces goods that go against your values overwhelms any purpose that could be gained from your role.
Lastly, you may find that you are in the wrong profession for who you are. If you gain purpose from working on policy issues at a societal level, working with individuals as a teacher or doctor without the opportunity to influence larger-scale change might feel too limiting. On the other hand, maybe you need direct contact with people you are influencing and find working on a societal level too broad.
Thinking about your job is probably something you do every day, especially if it is less than satisfactory. Unfortunately, most of us do so on a basal level. We register feelings of unhappiness and trudge on to another day without considering the emotions that arise. There is no fixed method of figuring out if your job is worth keeping.
Every job is different, and the core principles that can guide you in evaluating your job are personal. No universal formula exists because everyone holds different values. You must first figure out what you want out of your job and if the job has the potential to deliver this to you.
Consider how you feel after a day at the office. Are you stressed out, anxious or nervous about your job duties? While everyone experiences some degree of stress on the job, it is important to know when it is starting to affect you adversely. Trouble sleeping, loss of appetite and general feelings of negativity seeping into other aspects of your life are all signs that the stress of your job is much more than a healthy workplace challenge.
A recent Forbes study shows that over 42 percent of Americans quit their jobs because of stress. That is almost half the workforce.
When you know it is time to go gathering the courage to spin that roulette wheel is not easy. However, when you feel as if your happiness, health or financial situation is not improving or is even declining you will know. Whatever your reasons are for quitting your job, be sure that they are good reasons.
Whatever others may think, your life is your own and your judgment is sound. If you know you need to leave, then do not wait. Put aside your fear. There is no reason to put a hold on your own happiness. Your life and your dreams are what make you unique, but before you make a move, do not forget to revisit your resume.