Do you dislike resuming at work every day? Are you constantly irritated and sometimes frustrated? Have you been toying with the idea of quitting, but not sure if you should? Well, it might be time to quit your job and get a new one.

Knowing when to walk away from a job can be challenging. There are a million and one things going through your head; what if you don’t get another job? How will you cope while in between jobs?

Staying too long in a job that makes you unhappy can have long-lasting negative effects, and studies show that staying in a job that you hate can actually make you sick. Is it really worth it?

Here are 4 warning signs that you’re long overdue for a job change

Work feels unchallenging and boring – When work is seeming too easy then it’s time to pack your bags and leave. Part of being satisfied at work means having goals to look forward to, whether these are personal goals and milestones. If you wake up 5 times a week just to feel like you’re dragging yourself to work then you need to explore new opportunities. It’s never enough to have the same unproductive routine day in day out.

You’re not growing – In addition to a personal sense of accomplishment, many of us also want to feel like we’re being appropriately recognized and rewarded for our efforts and skills. If we feel the return for our work doesn’t match the effort we’ve put in, it’s only natural to look for a company that is deserving of your skills. If you’ve been doing this awhile, and you’re still stuck in a position that doesn’t allow you to utilize your skills, then it’s time to start considering other options.

Your company isn’t invested in you – A bad workplace culture could be draining – your manager makes you feel miserable, your company doesn’t engage with you, staff seem to work in silos, then what’s the point? Good employers should offer a clear roadmap for professional growth. Or, at the very least, should support you in your own pursuits of growth and advancement. If you can’t really see better days ahead, then you should probably look for an employer with a better company culture and a good approach to professional development.

You’re deeply unhappy at work – It’s surprising how many people stick it out at work even when they’re unhappy every day but it’s understandable when you have so many things to consider like bills, bills, bills and more bills. You may find yourself hanging on for way too long in a dead-end position instead of finding a better opportunity that brings more joy and peace of mind – “you didn’t come to this world to suffer”.

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