January 25th, 2011

Have You Reached Your Breaking Point?

Like certain relationships and friendships, our jobs can be ticking time bombs.

Unfortunately, similar to relationships, we ignore the warning signs and caution signals that sometime show themselves early on. Of course, at the beginning, we loved the job or some of us may have simply accepted the job based on its salary or perks. However, those perks and that glorious salary start to eat us alive and put our peace and sanity at risk, because we know deep down, that we want better. In fact, we deserve better.

Quitting your job isn’t a decision you should make haphazardly though. It generally has a big impact on your life and you should therefore give it careful consideration. Here are some situations when you may have to simply say, “I quit!”

The Dread Factor

You truly dread going to work every day. Not because you would rather be shopping or vacationing,  even though we all deserve that. That’s not a reason to quit, especially if you have bills to pay. But, if that dread factor stems from the fact that you just can’t stand the people you work with or the work you’re expected to perform, that’s a reason to start looking.

Physical illness

Headaches, backaches and various pains are signs that you may be overworked. This will affect the efficiency  and effectiveness of your work. If these problems cannot be solved, they may eventually affect your mental health and sanity. In that case, it may be time to go.

No Longer Challenged and overlooked

Starting off, everything seems fresh and innovative. However, as time progresses, you have remotely gained experience and everything that seemed challenging is now easy. In this case, it may be time to look for an opportunity where you can capitalize on your skills while simultaneously honing in on new ones.

Also, you may notice that your supervisor is now overlooking you for key duties that were once yours. A graceful way to handle this is to have an honest conversation with your supervisor to get the facts straight.

Work Life Balance is non-existent

Your personal life should be just as active as your professional life. If you find yourself logging 60 hours at the job, you are more than likely missing out on quality time in your home. Simple things such as a date with your partner, a son’s basketball game or helping your daughter pick a prom dress are vital to development. Missing out on these special moments is not only affecting you, but your loved ones soon start to experience the absence of you in their lives.

If you current job situation reflects a combination of the reasons listed above, don’t jump for the resignation papers just yet! Resigning may not be feasible for everyone; especially in the midst of a tight economy.

Opt to talk with your supervisor first and be honest. That discussion could result in a department switch or new responsibilities on a new project and/or committee. If your situation can not be handled with a discussion, new role or departmental switch, then you have reached your breaking point! Stay tuned for the next article which will help you to physically, mentally, and financially prepare yourself for re-entering the workforce.

About the Author

Joshlyn Ross
A native of Oakland, California, Joshlyn Ross works diligently to share variations of industry news. She also shares words of wisdom and tips for other young professionals looking to capitalize in their respective fields.



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