A lot of people work jobs that they don’t necessarily love. But maybe this one has gotten bad enough for you to start loathing it. Does that mean it’s time to quit?
The Washington Post shared some questions you should ask yourself first. Here is a breakdown of each one and why it’s important:
Do You Feel Fulfilled?
Fulfillment at work will look different for everyone. Some people want to know their work contributes to something significant. Others just want good, steady pay, and reasonable time off. Whatever you want is fine, as long as your job actually provides it.
Are You Overworked?
Many jobs will have projects that require you to put in some overtime every now and then. But is this job just constantly saddling you with more than you could reasonably get done and leaving you exhausted?
Do You Trust Your Coworkers?
Does it actually feel like everyone is trying to work together to help make everything run smoothly? Or are your coworkers just another obstacle due to being cutthroat and adversarial?
Are You Appreciated?
Does your hard work get acknowledged and rewarded? Or do you only ever hear about what else needs to be done? Do you feel like your boss cares about you, or views you as easily replaceable?
Does it Lead to Your Goals?
Many people wind up in jobs that are just supposed to pay the bills for a while before they move onto something else.
But maybe that period has lasted longer than you anticipated and it feels like a dead end. Is this job actually doing anything to build you up for where you really want to be with your career?
Have You Given it a Fair Chance?
If you’ve just been bottling up your frustration then you haven’t really given your job a chance to improve. Try communicating with your boss about some differences you would like to see, and you might be pleasantly surprised.
However, if they are totally dismissive, then it’s safe to say it’s a love it or leave it situation.
Quitting is never a decision to take lightly. Regardless of what you decide, think it through, and make sure you have a plan for what comes next.
For more on why these questions are vital to ask yourself before any big decision, read the Washington Post piece here.
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