If you are a loyalist struggling with the decision to leave your current job, read on for some great reasons to move on.
1) You feel guilty about setting boundaries.
For most people, the longer they stay in a position, the weaker their boundaries tend to get. If you find you are the first person in the office, the last one out, constantly tied to a work phone or email and consistently working more hours and taking on more tasks, and yet, you feel guilty about taking an extra half hour at lunch for a dental cleaning- it might be time to reevaluate your job position and to set some boundaries around your work/life balance.
2) You dread Sunday night.
Loyalists usually develop a strong sense of identity with their job, which works well for their state of mind while they love their job but can wreak havoc on their mental health when they find themselves in a position that doesn’t align. If Sunday nights are full of dread of the upcoming week, it is definitely time to consider a move.
3) You feel stagnant.Ahh..the oh-so-dangerous comfort zone!
Mastering your position is a great feeling, but if you find yourself feeling bored, never challenged (that is different than overwhelmed, by the way), and you feel like there is really no opportunity for growth, it’s time to explore other options.
4) You’re on the chopping block.
If your company is struggling, lay-offs are coming or your performance has been declining and you feel you may be on the termination bubble, there is absolutely no reason to go down with the ship.
5) You’ve been offered a better option.
If you are a star performer with years of experience, it is likely you will be difficult to replace. That doesn’t mean that you should stay, especially if you are offered a new opportunity that excites you. Better options can come in many forms- remote work, leadership opportunities, more money or even a relocation. Do not allow your loyalty to the job overshadow your loyalty to yourself. You are the quarterback of your own career. It is absolutely OK to make a decision that allows for more growth and satisfaction for you!
6) You’ve created an identity around your job.
Many of us have been conditioned to become what we do. It’s a slippery slope that tends to lead to a false sense of identity and can create a situation where we stay in an environment because we do not know who we would be without it. If you find yourself identifying by your position, it might be time to find a new place to work.
For the loyalist, it is never an easy decision to leave a job, but staying in a situation that doesn’t serve you or that you have outgrown is not healthy long term. Comfortable does not always equal good, so take some time to reflect and evaluate where you are and whether it is time to move on.
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