I was at a company for several years; I worked my way from an entry-level position into management. Over the years, I received feedback and tasks to achieve as I pursued each promotion. I learned so much working for this company. When that stopped, I knew that was a sign I needed to plan for my exit. In this article, I want to share the three signs that stood out to me and helped me decide to quit my job.
Drive or Passion is Gone
I lost a passion for learning new things because I was limited in what I could participate in. Most decision-making had been reduced significantly and left to Senior leadership; it took the passion I had for leading people, as I could no longer explain the why behind decisions.
The Culture Doesn’t Align with Your Values
There was a big focus on culture, which I think is essential, but the company took it too far; accountability went out the window. The company became very focused on making sure every employee was happy regardless of performance. I care about my employees and think it’s essential to balance that with accountability. My days became filled with therapy sessions with employees who believed it was unfair to take on additional work. This was a clear sign the job had changed, and I needed to move on.
You Need To Be Re-Energized
It would help if you had something new to get you excited about the work you do every day. I enjoy working with people, so I reframed the way I work with people. I no longer have direct reports. I work with clients to achieve their goals. This has been much more fulfilling because I have more control over each client’s interactions and goals. Clear expectations in a mutually beneficial relationship made all the difference in my work. I love what I do now and wouldn’t trade it for anything.
These were the three signs that lead me to leave my position for a new one. If you have ever felt this way. Maybe it’s time for you to leave your job. Ready to take the plunge but not sure how? Check out this article.