Resigning from a position you’ve had for a long time or shifting careers can be very tedious, which is why some people simply stay in a job they consider a safety blanket, even if it’s not beneficial for them anymore.
However, staying in a place that is stressing you out won’t only mess with your health, but also with your head, so if you’ve been unsure about staying for the longest time, these signs can help you make a desicision:
1. Even just going to work requires too much energy.
You put a mask of false cheerfulness at work, and you’re trying to convince yourself that this is definitely what you want. While it’s great that you’re still trying to be professional, there’s really no point in fooling yourself into liking something that you’re not even remotely interested in. If work feels awkward or forced, then you’re probably in the wrong place.
2. You can’t seem to connect with your officemates.
There’s nothing wrong with eating alone during lunch. In fact, it’s a good way to unwind and internally prep yourself with what you need to do later in the afternoon. But if you try to immerse yourself and the connection with them just isn’t there, that could also affect your productivity at work. If you and your team aren't on the same page and everything seems to always be in disarray or failing even with your best efforts, then you can try asking for a lateral transfer, or start looking for a new company with a culture that best suits you.
3. You don’t like talking about your job.
People who love their jobs can’t stop talking about them. They beam with pride as they discuss their craft with other people, and are always seemingly excited to share their personal experiences. On the other hand, if you hate your job, you refuse to talk about it, and when you do talk about it, you end up ranting about it to anyone who asks. If you can’t get excited about your career, then you might want to look for something that you can feel more passionate about.
4. Your main driving force is money.
While money is a good thing, it shouldn’t be the only thing that pushes you to get to work. Your career should give you a sense of well-being and accomplishment, because in the long run, staying only for the money will cause you to feel bitter.
5. You feel like happiness is far away from where you are now.
If you feel that your best has never been enough, failure has somehow become your BFF, and you’re just all around miserable, then you’re not in the right job. Sometimes, the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, so don’t be afraid to jump over to a place where you know you’ll be happy. When what you do puts a smile on your face, then you know that you’re finally on the right path.