Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

Mark twain

Do you find yourself constantly plagued with thoughts of quitting your job? Well, you’re not alone.

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The pandemic has reinforced the need for a healthy work life—making many of us reconsider our current career positions.

A recent survey indicates 65 per cent Canadians have seriously considered switching jobs in 2021. And the onset of the “Great Resignation” has resulted in over 38 million people quitting their jobs last year.

Animated hand writing a list, "To Do: Quit your job."

While it might be easy to think about quitting, putting these thoughts into action can be quite difficult.

“What if these thoughts are a result of temporary burnout?” “What if things get better with time?” These are just some of the questions we may have running through our mind when thinking about whether or not we should leave our current job. However, the only way to truly reach a conclusion is by evaluating your current work conditions.

To help you do this, IGNITE has listed reasons to move on from your current job.

1. No room for growth

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Text: I'm bored.

Are you stuck in a dead-end job with no room to learn or advance in your career? Well, it might be time for you to move on.

A stagnant job limits your ability to grow and learn. This in turn increases dissatisfaction and reduces your drive to perform well.

If your job offers no room for improvement, you might want to switch to a workplace that will help you further your career rather than bring it to a standstill.

2. Toxic work environment

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While it might be impossible to find a perfect workplace, a toxic one is where you draw the line.

Bad leadership, gossip cliques, overflowing workload and lack of work-life balance are signs of a toxic work environment.

If your professional life has started affecting your personal life, it might be time you call it quits.

3. Being undercompensated

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When was the last time you got a raise? Are your peers earning more? Are the hours you’re working overtime being compensated?

Let’s be honest, money is what motivates most of us to work. And if you are putting in the work, you deserve to be paid adequately.

Research average salaries in your field of work to determine whether you are being underpaid. If yes, it might be time for you to look at workplaces that’ll respect and fairly reward the efforts you put in.

4. Affecting your health

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Your body should be your first priority. If thoughts of work leave you constantly anxious or overwhelmed, these are signs that your mental health is being compromised.

Moreover, frequent all-nighters and an intense workload can adversely affect your physical health and prevent you from being as productive as you’d like to be.

If your mental and physical health is taking a toll due to work, you might want to shift to a workplace with an environment that suits you better.

5. Underutilization of skills

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Being regularly challenged is what makes work exciting. Constantly using your skills and developing them is how you improve yourself.

A workplace that doesn’t allow you to use your skills to their maximum potential can hold you back from success.

So instead, opt to work in a place that challenges your abilities and allows you to sharpen them.

6. Lack of passion

Woman saying: "Do I like this job? Hell no- I hate it.

An average person works over 90,000 hours in their lifetime. If you’re spending about one-third of your life working, shouldn’t it be a happy experience?

While a few bumps in the road is normal, constantly hating your job isn’t. If the work you do doesn’t make you happy or satisfied, you should shift focus towards jobs that you are passionate about. This will not only make working a better experience, but it’ll also increase your drive to succeed.

7. Your gut says so

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If you’re feeling uneasy or find yourself uncomfortable at your current job, it might be your body telling you it’s time for you to leave.

Listen to your instincts if you feel “off” while working. This is an indication its time for a change. Because ultimately, your gut knows best.

Change is difficult, but necessary. As Taylor Swift said, sometimes “the bravest thing to do is to walk away.”

While we can’t tell you what the exact right move for you is, we hope this list has helped you evaluate your situation and helped guide you in your career.

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