5 Signs You’ve Been in Your Job Too Long

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You feel burned out, and you’ve probably been in your job too long.

Have you been in your job for 5 years or more? If so, it might be time to move on. Of course, no one should quit their job without a plan. However, if you feel like stagnation has set in, then this article is for you!

Is It Possible to Have Been In Your Job Too Long?

Many people stay with jobs simply because it’s a source of income. They can separate their job completely from their personal life, no matter how demanding the job is.

Others need a more cohesive balance between their job and the universe outside of it. Without that balance, they can become burned out, leading to stress and potential health problems. Everyone has different needs and expectations, and everyone has a limit. Your “stopping” point may look different from everyone else’s but it usually involves one of several factors.

There’s a Lack of Recognition

You’re rarely recognized for your work. You’re not demanding a promotion every year, but at least a thank you would be nice, right? If you feel like there’s no room to grow in your current company and see a lack of advancement opportunities, then perhaps it’s time to move on! You don’t want to stagnate in a career that doesn’t value your efforts.

Lack of Personal Development Opportunities

There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re working just for the sake of keeping busy and surviving. If there are no new opportunities on the horizon, then it might be time to move along. You don’t have anything else to offer the company unless you continue to develop yourself.

Lack of Engagement with Coworkers or Clients

If your colleagues are difficult to interact with, then perhaps it’s time for new people! When there’s no camaraderie among co-workers and clients, it can feel like you’re just another number on a spreadsheet. That’s a red flag.

No Room for Advancement

In addition to looking out for the factors that limit your professional development, you should also look at what opportunities are available outside of your current job description. If there’s nothing on the horizon and no room to grow in the company, then it might be time to move along!

You’ve Been Burned Out for a While

Do you feel like your job is taking a toll on your mental and physical health? The signs of burnout can be easy to spot if you know what to look for. If you’ve become lethargic, irritable, and forgetful over the past few months, then it might be time to wrap up your work life and move on.

You don’t want to lose yourself in a job that slowly erodes all of the good feelings that come with being an employee. Burnout can be hard to avoid when you feel like the only thing keeping your company alive is you!

Is It Time to Leave?

If one or more of these factors ring true, it might be time to move on. While you shouldn’t leave your job without a plan, sometimes there’s nothing better than starting something new! If any of the above apply to you, then get ready to start looking for something that’s a better match.

With the right attitude, you’ll find something in no time!

I Quit My Job During COVID-19. I Regret Nothing

You can take all the sick days you want. It won’t matter if you don’t have peace of mind. That’s what I learned during this COVID-19 crisis.

I am a person who is driven and likes to succeed. No matter what new role I fall into, I usually end up in a leadership position at some point. I take on challenges, and most of the time I conquer them.

This was not one of those times, but I still made it.

What Was My Job?

I was a claims adjuster for a major auto insurance carrier. It’s a tough job, one that isn’t for everybody. However, true to my personality, I was determined. I thought determination would be enough.

Basically, imagine running a marathon every day while people shoot projectiles at you. That’s how my work day usually went. I’d leave with a mountain of claims only to return with even more.

It became increasingly discouraging, but I was told it was just the nature of the job. So, I stuck with it. I wasn’t going to give up. That was never the plan.

When I Knew It Was More Than Stress

When I began to wake up and have panic attacks, I began to reconsider the role. Pretty soon, I was only getting up to 4 hours of sleep at night. I was drinking heavily. And the claims only seemed to get more complex and more demanding.

I take antidepressants, but they seemed to have no effect in regulating my mood. I would get nauseated just after taking them. In the middle of obtaining a recorded statement, I had to excuse myself to vomit in the restroom.

I knew then that it wasn’t just stress. It was the job itself.

When I Knew It Was Time to Leave

To this day, I still can’t completely explain what came over me. I got up, got dressed, and sat down at my workstation in my living room like always. We had been working from home for about a month at this point.

I turned on my laptop, said good morning to my co-workers via Skype, and I paused.

Then, I started typing out my resignation letter and packing up my workstation. Before I knew it, I’d turned everything into our branch office and was without a job. I felt the most free I’d felt in a long time.

And I was terrified.

There Can Be Courage in Walking Away

I didn’t know what to think when I returned home jobless during the COVID-19 crisis. Then, I began to panic again. What had I done? How would I take care of myself? What would become of me?

But then I had to remind myself that I was driven, ambitious, and determined. Most companies had paused hiring, but there were still plenty that hadn’t. I applied for jobs vigorously until landed something a month later.

I was able to spend the interim catching up on sleep, focusing on self-care, and planning my next move. It was the most restful time of my entire life.

I write all this to say I don’t condone just quitting your job without a plan like I did. But I also understand those who do so in order to protect their mental health. Society expects us to be overworked, underpaid, and in perfect health at all times.

I don’t regret walking away from what I thought was an amazing opportunity. Panic attacks are no longer part of my morning routine, and I plan to keep it that way. I don’t feel shame for quitting a job during the COVID-19 crisis.

And I don’t regret choosing myself.