Being unhappy in your place of work can really affect your quality of life. Instead of shutting your eyes and sticking it out relentlessly, you need to sensibly evaluate the pros and cons of finding a new way to bring home the bacon. To help you make this important decision, I’ve done some research and drawn up this list of 7 reasons to leave a bad job.
1. Your Boss is Taking Advantage
A job where you feel your boss is constantly demanding that you go above and beyond the parameters of your job description is probably not one you want to stay in forever. Remember, though, there’s a big difference between being pushed to do better and being used: a hard-ball encouraging boss will ask you to redo shoddy work while an advantage taker will make you pick up her dry cleaning even though you’re head accountant and not a PA.
2. You’re Underpaid
This is an important one, and again, it’s important to do some research and even ask for a pay rise before you simply walk out. To begin with, you need to make sure that you really are getting paid too little. Get hold of a pay scale for people in your industry; if this says you’re underpaid, take the matter up with your boss and ask for an increase. If this request is refused, resign.
3. You’re Uncomfortable
If there’s an element of your job that makes you feel very uneasy, you need to sit down and analyse exactly what the problem is. Chances are you’re being asked to do something that grates on your moral sensibilities and you need to decide whether it’s you or the job that’s at fault. If it’s job, walk away and find something better that isn’t ethically questionable.