It’s official—one in four workers plan on finding a new job in 2022, according to a new survey by ResumeBuilder.com. Clearly, the Great Resignation is not over. And it’s not just Gen Z and Millennials that are driving this trend. Research published in the Harvard Business Review shows that employees between 30 and 45 have had the greatest increase in resignation rates. While turnover is typically highest among younger workers, the study found that over the last year, resignations actually decreased for workers aged 20 to 25.
But how do you know when it’s finally time to find a new job? If you’re a mid-career professional who has been thinking about making a career shift, here are ten telltale signs that it’s time to take the plunge.
1. Your well-being is suffering
Gallup reports that employees who were struggling or suffering in their lives were about twice as likely to change jobs than those who were thriving. Managers, in particular, are suffering from high levels of burnout. This phenomenon is especially concerning, given that managers have the most significant impact on employee engagement. So, if you find that your role is negatively affecting your physical or mental health, it may be time to find a new job.
2. There is no opportunity for advancement
Do you constantly wonder whether you have stayed at your job for too long? One reason you may be feeling stuck is that there is no opportunity to advance professionally. Don’t spend a lot of time in a position that doesn’t offer growth opportunities. If you are continually passed over for a promotion despite being a top performer, it’s probably time to look elsewhere.
3. The work environment is toxic
If the atmosphere at work negatively impacts employees, you are probably in a toxic work environment. A toxic culture not only interferes with your career growth but may also damage your mental and physical health. If you find yourself in a company where bullying is tolerated, morale is low, or your input isn’t valued, you may want to explore other options.
4. You no longer feel challenged
Are you basically in the same position you were two years ago? Can you complete work projects in your sleep? If you feel overqualified for your job, your career may be stalled. Try asking your manager for more challenging assignments. If they can’t offer you more stimulating projects, consider exploring external opportunities.
5. You aren’t paid what you are worth
If you are underpaid and overqualified, that’s a red flag. Try to negotiate a higher salary before you look for a new job. Research compensation and make a case based on your contributions and value. If you struggle to live on your current salary and know you will earn more at another job, it may be time to leave.
6. You regularly fantasize about quitting
Occasionally dreaming about quitting your job is normal. Even people who are content with their jobs have quitting fantasies—especially when you have a bad day. But when you start regularly daydreaming about storming into your manager’s office and announcing your resignation, it may be time to find a new job.
7. The company values don’t align with yours
LinkedIn’s Workplace Culture report reported that 86% of Millennials would consider taking a pay cut to work at a company whose mission and values align with their own. Given that our professional and personal lives are more intertwined than ever, it is essential that the companies we work for share our values. If you regularly find yourself lowering your standards or compromising your principles, it may be time to find a new job.
8. Your ethics are compromised
When your boss asks you to perform an illegal or unethical action, you need to take steps to protect yourself. First, explain your concerns in writing. Then, if your employer insists on moving forward, it’s time to expedite your job search and leave as soon as possible.
9. You and your work aren’t appreciated
According to a study by OC Tanner, 79% of employees who quit their jobs stated that a lack of appreciation was a key reason for leaving. Doing great work without being acknowledged for it can be extremely demotivating. If you aren’t appreciated at your current workplace, it may be time to find a new job where your contributions are valued.
10. You can’t be your authentic self
According to research, the average person spends 90,000 at work over a lifetime. Wouldn’t it be nice to be your true self during that time? Being inauthentic can lead to burnout and unhappiness. On the other hand, feeling you can be yourself at work improves employee engagement, empowerment, trust, relationships, and happiness. If that’s not the case, it may be a sign that it’s time to look for a new job.
Do any of these signs sound familiar? If they do, it may be time to reevaluate your employment situation. Rather than just quit, take the time to strategize your next move. It will position you as a more attractive candidate and allow you to leave on good terms.