Many of us know when to leave a sinking relationship, or we know the signs that the relationship is no longer working out for us. Why then is it so hard for us to break-up with our employers? We know the signs, yet we grab on for dear life, many times overstaying for months, years even decades. Here are some signs that it is time to kick your job to the curb and find a new one:

  • You’ve gone as high as you can go in this company. You are well aware that your boss isn’t going anywhere and you have plateaued.
  • The company is stalling on paying you more than you are worth. Raises have been minimal and your peers at other companies are surpassing you in salary, it’s time to cut bait.
  • Your workload has increased immeasurably and the pay hasn’t. They expect you to do twice the work for the same pay but that increased workload is impeding on your work-life balance.
  • You’re being surpassed by colleagues for promotions you knowingly deserve. You’ve tried to climb the ladder yet you are being passed by colleagues.
  • You are being harassed by your boss or other employees. Being bullied at work makes going to work nearly unbearable, it’s time to bail.
  • You are completely stressed out about work. Weekends are no longer enjoyable, all you think about is going back on Monday.
  • You’re waking up dreading the day/week/month. When days lead to weeks and weeks lead to months, you know it’s time to find a new job.
  • Your job and/or company is unstable. Instability is never a good sign it leads to insecurity and it’s not a positive place.

We’ve all had a bad work day or week, however, if you are feeling three or more of the above on a regular basis, it’s time to leave, not consider leaving, it’s time to go. There are a few things you need to do before cutting the cord. Make sure you have another job lined up, it’s easier for find a job when you have a job. Always make the next step count, meaning, have it be a step up rather than a step down from where you are now. Get all of your affairs in order, wrap up any projects you’ve been working on, you want the potential for a good recommendation after you leave so be sure everything is tied up on your end.

Remember, you know the signs that it’s time to leave a relationship, but you also know the signs when it is time to leave your job. Don’t hang on well past the expiration date, take charge of your career and live a happier life.