How to know if you should quit your job — The Latch

Bored or exhausted? Disappointed or underpaid? If you’ve worked during the pandemic, you may feel like you’re languishing professionally, failing to progress in your career, or simply struggling to find joy in the workplace.

With widespread labor shortages across the country, job seekers now have a host of new roles to choose from. As a result, more of us are asking ourselves what we do for work, why we do it and for whom we do it.

In fact, a new study from Indeed found that one in four Australian employees are actively or passively looking for a new job. Interestingly, however, among those who recently resigned from a position, 15% returned to their former employer and 40% were seriously considering returning.

This shows us that if you’re looking to reinvigorate your career, starting a new role at another company might not be the best path to take. If you’re feeling down or lacking motivation, taking a well-deserved break might indeed be the right choice, especially during or after periods of intense stress. Or, if you still want a change, you can consider a position or internal promotion that will keep you at the same company, but better matches your ambitions and skills.

Not sure if you’re ready for the demands of a new job or if what you really need to boost motivation is some well-earned, restorative time off? Here are three scenarios to help you identify exactly how you feel and what to do.

It’s time to take a break when…

There are several telltale signs that indicate you need time off. If you regularly arrive at your desk feeling unmotivated, dreading your morning team meeting, or small inconsequential things ruining your day, you might be suffering from burnout.

If you’re feeling listless, struggling to stay organized when you normally meet deadlines, or disconnected from your colleagues, it’s worth discussing with your employer what’s affecting your performance and whether an extended break might make a difference.

Taking time and possibly seeking expert help will allow you to return to work rested and invigorated.

Be prepared to negotiate if…

Love your job, but hate the hours or your morning commute? Maybe you’re not being offered a competitive salary and you feel undervalued. Factors like these make us question our role within an organization and although finding a new position in a new company is often our first port of call, it is worth considering whether a few simple adjustments are enough.

Have the confidence to sit down with your manager and negotiate the changes that you think will give you more satisfaction. This may include a request for remote work, flexible hours, or a pay raise.

These small changes can be beneficial to your lifestyle and job satisfaction, without having to go through the upheaval of leaving one employer and starting a new one.

Look for that new job when…

If there are fundamental differences between you and the organization you work for, it’s time to consider a job change. You may no longer be aligned with the values, goals, and beliefs of the organization, making it difficult to fully commit to the work that is asked of you.

If you’re constantly being overlooked for the promotions you deserve, not being offered raises, or feeling unable to put in the work, it’s time to broaden your horizons and look for a better job. career.

If working for the past 18 months has left you demotivated and quitting your job seems like the only way to go, take a break and ask yourself if you need a break, a renegotiation or a whole new role.

Sometimes taking time off or renegotiating your position is all it takes to rekindle your passion for your job. However, in some situations where an organization’s values ​​no longer reflect your own, or you no longer feel safe and comfortable, a new job will be the step forward you seek.

Kate Furey is a Career Opportunities Specialist at Indeed.

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