I know this sounds like an odd idea as the economy is still on the mend, but sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between a rough patch and a bad match.
Everyone has bad days at work, but how do you know when it’s time to move on and get out without burning any bridges?
One place to start is figuring out if your lack enthusiasm for the bigger picture or the day-to-day tasks, says Leonard Schlesinger, the president of Babson College and coauthor of “Just Start: Take Action, Embrace Uncertainty, Create the Future.”
Here are some warning signs:
–You keep promising yourself you’ll quit, but you never do.
–You don’t want your boss’s job
–You’re constantly under performing
Before you make the decision to leave, Schlesinger told Amy Gallo of the Harvard Business Review, test the waters.
Have a meeting with your boss to discuss how you are perceived and what you’re capable of achieving in your role. Or look at your last two annual reviews. Do the comments make you feel empowered or disheartened?
Put your hat in the ring when the next big project comes along. If you’re overlooked, maybe your skills are appreciated and it’s time to move on.
Before the final decision is made, however, be aware of the risks. You could lose needed income, damage personal relationships or hurt your resume. This is a delicate step that requires a lot of consideration.
And Schlesinger suggests leaving toward something.
“I wouldn’t leave without some sort of plan, whether it’s a set of experiments to confirm what you’re excited about doing next or a conscious strategy to make something happen,” he said.
And remember, how you leave is as important as how you arrived.
You might fantasize about telling your boss to shove it, but the short-term relief will likely lead to professional ruin.
Discuss the matter with your family and ask former mentors or bosses for advice. And once you’ve made the decision to leave and have a day in mind, give your boss the proper notice and follow the employer’s process.