If you’re spending your days at work waiting for the end of the day, you aren’t alone. According to new research from Crunch Accounting, 31st January is the most popular day of the year for people to quit their jobs.
This makes a lot of sense. Over the festive period you spend your time catching up with family and friends and reflecting on the past year of your life. Ideas are dreamed up, plans are made and by the end of January, many people are ready to hand in their resignation letters. If you recognise any of the following signs, it might be time to start writing your notice.
You clock watch.
The days are dragging and you can’t wait to finish work, but if those glances at your watch have turned into endlessly staring at the second hand as it moves, a new job may be exactly what you need. Of those surveyed, 46% identified clock watching as the symptom that made them want to get a new job. When you find a job that keeps you busy all day long, you’ll look back on these days with disbelief.
Sunday Night Blues
For most workers, the weekend is a time to unwind, relax and have a social life, but if you’re unhappy with your job, it is easy to turn your weekend into just one day as you spend Sunday counting down to another dreadful week at work. If this sounds like you, set aside a couple of hours on a Sunday evening to look for new job opportunities, update your CV or check in with your network to see if there are any opportunities there.
After a long day at work, it is not uncommon to let off a little steam when you get home, but if friends and family are mentioning your negative outlook towards work, it might be time to take their comments on board. So instead of venting at them, listen to what they have to say. It might help you to pinpoint exactly why you’re so unhappy in your job, and give you that push you might need to take a leap and try something new.
“What is it that you do?”
When someone asks you what you do for a living, your response shouldn’t start with a sigh. If you’re finding yourself answering with “oh it’s not very exciting”, then you should probably start looking for a new career. Your job should excite you. You should be proud to tell others what you do, and how much you enjoy your job. If this isn’t the case, it’s time to think about why.
So if any of these sound like you, start polishing your CV and searching those job boards. Good luck!