Ok, I know quitting your job is probably not something you need an article to convince you to do, but maybe it is. You see, so, so many of us moan all day and every day about this nasty obligation that takes up 40 plus of our precious hours every week but we still find ourselves donning our Next blouses, packing our tuppers and boarding the bus to the office every morning like clockwork. Of course, there are a good reasons for doing so – bills, pizza and ASOS to name but a few – but sometimes the reasons to quit and look for something else are equally, if not more, important – after all, work comprises a good chunk of your day/week/life and so if it doesn’t make you happy, then it should at least not be having such a negative impact on your life that it seriously affects your wellbeing. Think it might? Keep reading for five signs that you should make a start on your letter of notice:
They say people leave managers, not companies, and as much as you may hate to admit it, your boss can have a major influence on your life. They’re the ones who are responsible for your development, who recommend you (or not) for promotions and who give you greater or lesser responsibility in your workplace, all things which affect your future opportunities and earning potential (yep, that loser with his nylon suit and comb-over can make the difference between you being a chic, Helen Mirren-esque 60 year old with Jaeger twin-sets and quality Botox, or a haggard old bag who can barely scrape the money together to colour her grey hair). Your boss should also be promoting a healthy working atmosphere and lead by example – that means no favouritism, no Devil Wears Prada shit and not letting gobshites get away with being, well, gobshites basically. If they’re not doing this stuff then work is going to be an uphill struggle for you and so ask yourself if it’s really worth hanging around when you have a deadweight of a boss holding you back.
So not all of us are going to make a living doing cool, fun stuff that we enjoy – there can only be so many jewellery designers, party planners, beauty bloggers and celebrity stylists. But if you seriously feel like you have a talent for something, then why not try make a living out of it? This is NOT a cue to tell your boss what for tomorrow morning and cross your fingers that your handmade friendship bracelets will suddenly take off on Etsy but it IS a cue to start taking whatever talent it is you think you have got a bit more seriously – you never know, in a couple of years it might pay off and if it doesn’t, you won’t have that horrible “what if” feeling in 30 years’ time, sat with your ham sandwiches and yoghurt in the call centre canteen, boring the new hires with stories about how you could have been an artist, author or champion breakdancer.
Sunday night dread
Let’s be realistic. In the same way that no one likes the dentist, no one likes Sundays, no one. But there is a significant difference between simply not liking them and spending the whole day with a knot in your stomach, being an absolute cow to your bloke and comfort eating for Britain, just because you have work the next day. If this happens to you, then it is time to ask yourself – if you don’t know already – why you feel like this and do something about it: either fix the problem or leave it well alone by looking for another job (you’ll probably find you feel better just from starting to look). It may sound cliché but life really is too short to be wasting entire days dreading the week to come – it’s time to start enjoying Sunday Brunch, your Mum’s roast and those hungover calls going over the night before and reclaim your Sundays.
If, like most of us, your job is a pretty dull one which just serves to pay the bills and keep you in handbags, then have a look at how much an impact it is having on your day-to-day. It may well be worth trudging across town on a 2 hour commute every morning if it’s for a dream job with amazing opportunities, but if you are in just a normal, nothing-special job (which is ok – we don’t all have to be aspiring to be the next Richard Branson), don’t make the mistake of believing it is the only job out there. Perhaps there is something very similar but only a short walk rather than two bus rides away, or something that has a better timetable, allowing you more time to spend with your kids, see your mates, study for a course or watch Judge Rinder.
It’s more than likely that you see your colleagues more often than your family and friends and so it’s no fun if you don’t get on with them. Maybe they’re are a lot older or younger than you and you can’t relate, or maybe they bang on about TOWIE and KUWTK all day when you pine for intellectual debate on global economics, or maybe it’s your colleagues who turn the office into Newsnight at every opportunity and you have no one to talk about Kim’s new haircut with. When you have no one you have chemistry with at work, it’s no surprise that it gets harder and harder to get yourself out of bed every morning – even if your job is as boring as hell, if you have a mate there who can make you laugh (or at least one who you can roll your eyes at when your boss makes a joke so inappropriate that even David Brent would cringe), then gritting your teeth and enduring the 9 to 5 is all the easier. If not, then consider a change and find somewhere where your co-workers are your kind of people and as amazing as you are.
If any of these points strike a chord, then get your CV updated (there are even people who will do it for you online) and ping it over to an agency. They will pretty much do the looking for you and might give you some suggestions which end up making your working week – or at least your Sunday – a lot nicer!