Making the decision to leave the place you work and look for a job in another company can be a difficult one. However, there are some warning signs that usually indicate that it’s time to do just that. Here are four things you should be looking out for at work that indicate it may be time to leave.
Large Numbers of People Being Fired
A few firings are certain to happen in any job, but when you start seeing a major increase in their frequency, it’s time to start looking elsewhere. Large-scale firings can accompany shifts in company policy or simply be an indication of failures in the company as a whole. Be especially vigilant for firings of people you know to be good workers. When you’re stuck in this situation, it’s almost always best to leave on your own terms while you still can.
Major Shifts in Workload
Unless the business you work in is seasonal, you shouldn’t see massive changes in the volume of work your company is doing. To be sure, some variation is expected, but if you’re swamped one week and have nothing coming in the next, it isn’t a good sign for the company’s overall stability. Starting your job search now may well save you the inconvenience and uncertainty of one day being laid off.
Too Many Injuries
If too many of your colleagues are being injured, it’s a sign that your workplace is sorely lacking in safety procedures, equipment or both. To avoid being injured, it’s best to leave your workplace as soon as possible. If you’ve already been injured, the same is still true, but you should also retain the services of a workplace injury attorney to make sure you get proper compensation.
General Burnout on Your Part
While all of the previous signs have had to do with the actual conditions of the workplace you’re in, there’s also the possibility that you just don’t like your job and are beginning to get burnt out on it. Though seemingly less serious, this is actually just as good a reason as any to start looking for something else. Career burnout can severely impact not just your work, but also your personal life and even your physical health. If you’re unhappy in your current job, there’s nothing at all wrong with looking for another on the merits of that fact alone.
Though there are many reasons you might consider leaving your current company, these are some of the most pressing signs that you should. If you’re seeing these signs frequently, it’s time to look for something better.
Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake.