No matter how bad a job might be, many people are reluctant to quit their job. As long as they have a sense of security, they will often try to tough it out. However, there are times when a clean break is the best choice for your long-term needs. Here are some signs that your current work situation may be toxic and it’s time to consider other options.

Not Advancing in the Company

Have you been with the company for five years and not received a wage increase? Many companies give raises after the first year. Or they have a plan in place for increases based on performance. If you can’t see yourself advancing in the company, you may be better off leaving. This is especially true if you see yourself being passed over for promotions. If people who have not been with the company as long as you are getting raises and promotions, this is a bad sign. Chances are you will not be advancing in the company, or the advancement will be extremely slow. It is even worse if you your role in the company decreases over time. You want positive movement, not negative movement.

The Company Doesn’t Have a Plan

Pay attention to the direction of management. You want to work for a company that is growing and succeeding. Usually, you will be able to tell if your company falls under this category. Do they have a strategic plan? What are their long-term goals? These are the questions you need to ask yourself. If the company’s 5 to 10-year plan does not align with your plan, there’s no point in staying. If you can’t picture yourself still working there in a year, let alone ten years, every second you stay with the company could be a waste.

You Have Been Pigeonholed

If you have been pigeonholed into a niche that is highly specialized, this can be a problem. If you decide twenty years from now that you want to move on and try something else, you might not be able to find a job that matches your skill set, or you’ll find yourself stuck doing the same sort of work over and over again. It is impossible to maintain job satisfaction if you feel stuck. If you share your concerns about feeling stuck with your boss, and they don’t expand your duties, it may be time to quit.

While changing jobs for money alone can be premature, you have to think of the big picture. Can you improve your earnings over time somewhere else? Do you dread coming to work every day? Do you have so much stress it makes you sick? Leaving a steady job can be scary, but sometimes it is the only option you have if you want to advance your career.


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