The 5 Warning Signs That You Need to Break Up with Your Employer
Ah, the dreaded employer breakup – it happens to all of us at some point in our career and it can be hard to navigate, especially if you don’t want to burn any bridges. I’m a firm believer in being a professional and not burning any bridges, so knowing how to “end it” with your current employer without burning a bridge is VERY important. More to come on that soon 😉
Today, I’m going to talk about the 5 warning signs to look out for so you can start searching for other options.
#1 You Don’t Believe in Their Mission
I feel like this is like Relationship 101 with jobs! If you don’t believe in the company’s mission or you don’t have the same values as them – then this relationship probably won’t work out. If you aren’t sure what the company’s mission is, then it’s time to do some scavenger hunting. Typically the company should have their mission on their website, typically under “About Us”. If you’re having a hard time finding what the company’s mission is, you can always ask your manager in your next one-on-one. The goals that you are working towards should be for both your career and to help accomplish the company goals – so knowing the company’s mission is crucial.
If you know that the mission doesn’t align with your values or you straight up don’t believe in it at all, then in the end you will probably break-up with the company at some point.
#2 You Can’t Stand the People
Okay, this is a biggie for me! The people that you work with make a HUGE difference in your overall happiness at work. If you find that most of the people you work with, you cannot stand – then it is probably a sign that you will eventually need to leave the company. At most of my jobs, I worked with amazing people and it really did make me happier. If I ever worked at a job where I didn’t like the majority of the people I worked with, I know I wouldn’t last very long at the company!
#3 There is No Career Advancement
If you are at a company and you notice that not many people get promotions or they don’t allow employees to transfer to other departments – this is a big warning sign to GET OUT! We are all looking to advance in our careers and eventually get those coveted promotions, but if you notice that they don’t really promote anyone or your manager is acting shady about building your career in the company – then you are likely headed for a breakup.
#4 You’re Feeling Anxious ALL THE TIME!
Do you wake up every morning and feel stressed about going into work? Are you constantly stressed to the point that you worry about work all the time? Then it is time to look for a better company! The truth is, no matter how much you LOVE your job – there is always going to be stress, but if it gets to the point where you are constantly feeling anxious and stressed then it is a good time to start looking at some other options. Our jobs shouldn’t leave us stressed all the time, it just isn’t healthy long-term.
#5 The Company Isn’t Doing Well Financially
If the company revenue has been doing poorly and therefore the company isn’t giving out any raises, it may be an early sign that it is time to leave the company. Now don’t get me wrong, companies have their highs and lows when it comes to their financial health – however if there are signs that the company may end up going under or they begin laying people off, it is a good idea to see what other positions are out there at other companies.
So there you have it, the warning signs that you should watch out for in your career. In the end, if you feel in your gut that the company you’re working for just isn’t the right one for YOU, then spend some time considering what values you are looking for in a company and let that guide you in your new job search.
Are there any other warning signs that you look out for in an employer?