When do you know it's time to jump ship?

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I'm too old for rollercoaster rides, overworked, tired and underpaid. What are some signs, that it's time for a new job?
 

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For myself: I pray about it. Then, I trust my gut, listen to corporate and work place policy. When those policies collide with my ethics, or when they place me in a can't win situation, I polish up my resume and move on. Other times, the decision has been made for me. Most recently: I worked per diem. At the end of September, I was told (only b/c I asked!) that the Corporate office was stating they would not be using per diem staffing, at least for an undetermined length of time. It's been a bit hard on the budget. But, doable. Hubby and I are now retired. (I took SS early to help balance out the budget.) I absolutely do not miss the physical body wear and tear, the travel, and always having to deal with inappropriate corporate demands.
 

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Job or whatever situation. Does it bring me more joy than not? Do I have responsibilities depending on the situation? Is it causing mental/emotional/physical detriments? What are the tradeoffs? Is it me or the situation? And most importantly.....

WHAT AM I AFRAID OF?
 

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How much you hate your job versus the pay and is it worth it. You might be happier doing something else.
 

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I knew it was time to move on when:

I found myself crying on the way to work, and on the way home. I'm NOT A CRIER.

I spent too much time running imaginary conversations in my head between myself and my boss or adversarial co-workers.

I dreaded going to work in the morning.

I was always looking over my shoulder, anticipating the next clash between my ethics and boss demands.

I was given a job to do, but not the authority or tools to do it.
 

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You might be happier doing something else.

Even if it means less pay. And more work LOL

Look at your own desires and goals. Find a way.


I'm working to fully retire & be a full time "farmer". I've toyed with this for a couple of years. Hard look at needs, feelings, finances and my happiness. My DGD has settled for college with scholarship now, my tractor will be paid off pretty soon--2 things I needed to resolve for my feelings of financial "what if". I'm downsizing anything I need and upsizing as I need, this year. It's both hard & liberating but, I know it is right and will work. Good feeling.

You have posted moving considerations -- which ultimately defines your work considerations. You have been wanting a change for a while. Review your own needs, feelings, finance and happiness. It will come to you....a plan, a way, a new goal.
 

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Its not that I don't like my job, I do. It's not that I don't like my salary either. But I'm starting to question longevity. Over the 25 years with the he company, I've survived so many layoffs, I've lost count. I would have to go back and look at my employment history to see how many managers I've reported too, I know it's at least 20, that I can recall off the top of my head.

I started with the company in a group of hundreds, over the last three years, I am a team of one. I report directly to a senior manager who is mentoring (grooming) me. Although, he hasn't come right out and said it, yet. I believe all this mentoring is to take his position. Because he keeps reminding me that he can retire at anytime and I keep reminding him I am a team of one.

I don't mind giving work direction to multiple teams, which is what I currently do. But I don't want and never have ever wanted to be an HR manager. Over the past 25 years, I've refused management offers at least 10 times that I can remember. My boss keeps reminding me if I want to move up in the company, I need a 'MGR' title. I said that's fine give me a manager title with no reports then. I'm not at all interested in becoming a HR manager.

I don't want to have to buy stock in the Kleenex company, because everyone will come to me with there sob stories and I don't play office politics (period). I get paid to find the bad and and ugly in the company and fix it, I do it no holds bar, I speak my mind freely and openingly. If the baby is ugly, I tell them just how ugly it is and what needs to be done to fix it. Needless to say, I'm not on very many Christmas card lists -:lol

Again I like where I'm at and like what I do. But when boss retires, there's not a single other senior manager in the organization, I would "like"" to report to.
 
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