Leaving your job can be stressful. It’s even more difficult if you’re not sure it’s really time to go.
It’s a decision you can’t make hastily, but it’s made easier when everything signals it’s departure time. Forbes says employee who are miserable should consider resignation. But is misery enough to merit quitting?
A lot depends on your definition of “miserable.” It’s one thing if you’re so stressed that your health is affected. But it’s another thing if “miserable” means you’d much rather lounge on a beach than work.
Here are some considerations for when you’re teetering.
You line up another job
This seems like a no-brainer, but plenty of people abruptly quit even when they have no place to go. Leaving a job is stressful enough; try not to add to that stress by not having another job lined up first.
There’s no future there
Imagine you get promoted to the position right above your current one. Does the idea make you excited or fill you with dread? If your next career move is one you can’t imagine making – or if there isn’t a next step at all – it’s smart to look elsewhere.
But if you limit your potential by not pursuing more training or education, you might consider a change in your goals instead of your workplace.
Workplace becomes toxic
“Toxic” is subjective, but you’ll know you work in a toxic work environment when you feel bullied or belittled by coworkers or, worse, by those in charge.
If you realize that if someone else took your job for a day, they’d be horrified by how they’re treated, moving on is probably a good idea.
Better benefits elsewhere
Maybe you actually enjoy your job, but recently you learn people doing the same job elsewhere are paid significantly more, earn better benefits or work in a company culture that appeals to you more.
Of course, pay shouldn’t be your only concern when it comes to what your workplace offers you, but if your current employer isn’t willing to pay you what you’re worth, you can either demand comparable pay and benefits or you can move on to another employer.
All signs point to departure
If you list the pros and cons for leaving your job and the “leaves” far outweigh the “stays,” all signs point to a job change. When it comes down to it, even if you’re loyal and uncomfortable leaving, you must do what’s best for you and your family.
An elegant goodbye
Although leaving in a blaze of glory may feel satisfying, don’t forget your current employer may one day be asked for a reference about you. In the Omaha metro, word travels fast, especially within industries.
You don’t want to get the reputation as unreliable. Instead, give ample notice of your departure and help train the people who’ll do your work once you leave.
If you leave without causing a hardship, you go knowing you did the right thing for everyone – including yourself.