If you fantasize about quitting your job and never looking back, you’re not alone. Lots of us think about leaving our jobs, in fact, research shows that women think about quitting their jobs 17 times a year on average. That means more than once a month we question if we should stay in our position or find a new one and that’s a lot. Most of the time, we end up sticking it out where we’re working, but how do you know if it’s just a phase or if it’s actually time to move on? This is what the experts advise.
- Figure out what’s making you unhappy - “New York Times” bestselling author and happiness guru Gretchen Rubin suggests going through every single aspect of your job until you figure out what the issue is. That’s how you’ll know if it can be fixed, like changing hours or getting more training, or if you need to change jobs to resolve it.
- Look at the route of progression in your company -Look at the higher-ups in your company and think about if you’d like to do their jobs. If they seem appealing, staying where you are and moving up could be good. But if you have no interest in your manager’s or their manager’s job, it may be time to move on and find something that appeals to you.
- Work out if the corporate grind is for you -The traditional 9 to 5 job isn’t for everyone, so if you’re itching to move to a new country or to turn your hobby into a real opportunity, as scary as it is, it could be time to take the plunge.
- Acknowledge it if things aren’t going to get better -Optimism is important, but be honest about whether the positive outlook is legit or just a convenient excuse or a flat out denial. If you feel like you’re always expecting things to get better after this next hurdle, but they never do, it may be time to accept things might not actually get better at this job, so it’s time to move on.