Time for A Fresh Start?


It’s one thing to have job security and stick it out at your job, but if you only live for the weekends, count down the clock while you’re at work and dread Monday mornings, maybe it’s time for a career change. Research published in the journal, Human Relations shows that people stay in jobs they hate because of misguided loyalty or fear (pretty understandable because humans are wired to fear change). But if that’s you, the downside is that you are causing more harm to yourself because you’re likely to suffer from exhaustion and eventually, according to the study, burnout. In the end, you’re likely to quit without notice.

According to Jeff Nthiwa, a life coach at Destiny Life Coaching Kenya, when you’re starting to feel uncomfortable at work, and experiencing symptoms such as headaches, etc., life is giving you signals that it’s time to move on. But not so fast: “That’s the time to do some soul-searching and ask yourself, ‘Who am I and what is my next step from here?’ Because there are people who change jobs and are still unhappy,” he says.

It’s important to weigh the good and the bad before you resign. Instead of focusing on the bad, look at the things you love in your career. As for the bad, try to find a solution first. Are you quitting because your boss is dysfunctional or because there’s someone at work sabotaging your projects? Have you tried to address it? Are you quitting because of limited resources? Have you tried to increase it? Are you bored or not advancing or feeling unappreciated or not feeling challenged anymore? Try to find a solution before giving up. But if you’ve tried all available measures and the situation is still the same, it’s time to move on. Here are the signs to look out for:

You Are Not Advancing in Your Career:

If you’re not learning and there are no prospects for development at your current workplace, then you might be harming your chances of getting another job by sticking it out. Find a job that will help you grow and develop new skills. Being stuck in a rut is also one of the major factors that lead to demotivation, and a demotivated employee cannot deliver his/her best.

Your Work Is Not Valued:

According to a survey by the Centre for Creative Leadership, people who feel supported are committed, satisfied, and want to stay; but people who don’t feel supported are not committed, dissatisfied and are likely to go. “Even when employees are happy with their pay and promotion prospects, they will not enjoy their work unless they feel appreciated,” reads the results of the survey. If that’s you, it’s time to go.

You’re in It for The Money:

If you’re doing the job just for the money, it’s very unlikely that you’ll give it your all. This will limit personal growth as you’ll not be willing to learn new skills. Eventually, you’ll be harming your prospects of getting another job.
You Hate Your Boss:
It’s very unlikely that if you hate your boss, you’ll want to offer your best. And if your boss doesn’t like you, chances are that they will not be interested in your growth or value your contribution to the company. Your boss is a monster and you’ve tried everything to change your working relationship, but your situation is still the same or getting worse, find a new job.

Your Work Environment Is Toxic:

If your job, people or culture have a negative effect on your life, it’s time to move on. “When the conflicts at work are unique or unusual, you’ll perform less and less and the next thing you know, you’re fired,” says Nthiwa. The stress that will result from a toxic environment can affect your physical and mental health. If that’s you, find a new job.

Other Reasons to Leave:

  1. When It’s Hard to Strike A Work Life Balance: You need a life. If your job is getting in the way, find a new one.
  2. Economic Factors: For example, if you’re underpaid. Your firm is tanking: You don’t have to go down with the ship.
  3. Relocation: When you’re moving to a new town.
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