My father’s generation valued job loyalty. It wasn’t unusual at all for employees – especially of large corporations – to spend their entire working life at one company. But today, that notion has been turned on it’s head. In fact, some research indicates a typical employee will work at as many as 15-20 different organizations in their career. In that world, it’s important to know when it’s time to leave – hopefully before you’re asked. If you’ve started staring out the windows in the afternoons, here’s a few indicators that it might be time to leave your job:
1. It may be time to leave when changes to your job become an intrusion on your routine. Full time employees tend to eventually make their job into a formula. Same schedule, same way to work, same responsibilities. At some point, changes become a pain. More and more things start to annoy you. But remember when you started the job? You loved change, new responsibilities, and new projects. But now, the more you get locked into a routine, the more difficult change becomes. That’s no way to live. Never lose your ability to handle changes; so when you do, it might be time to look for a new job.
2. It may be time to leave when you start losing influence at the office. I’ve noticed at many workplaces, bosses stop listening to the long time employees. It’s a tragedy because in many cases, they know the most about the organization and how it works. On the other hand, longtime employees should realize that it’s not years on the job that give them credibility, but the power of their ideas. But if it does happen, and if you’ve noticed leaders aren’t listening to your ideas, it might be time to look for a new job.
3. Finally, it’s definitely time to leave when you stop caring about #1 and #2.
How about you? Any other good suggestions?