6 Signs You Need to Walk Away from Your Job

Leaving your job can be difficult and stressful for so many reasons. You might need the money, you might love the environment, or maybe you just don’t know where else to go.

But sometimes, it’s just necessary. For our careers, for our mental health and for our futures. Here are six reasons you might need to walk away from your current position.

You’re Not Being Treated Right

First, if your employer engages in unfair business practices or doesn’t treat their employees right, things could only get worse.

You could face emotional abuse and manipulation, being undermined, unfair termination, discrimination or other work-related issues. If you’re not being treated as you deserve in your workplace or feel uncomfortable for any reason, speak up or leave.

You’re Being Underpaid

We all know what we’re worth. Your qualifications, experience and skills are valuable assets, and you should be compensated accordingly for the work you do for your company. Unfortunately, this often isn’t the reality we face.

There are a few things you can do if you’re being underpaid, but if nothing changes, it might be time to walk away.

Your Ethics and Values Aren’t Aligning with the Company

If you start noticing some unethical practices going down in your company, this might speak to your heart. Whether it’s something to do with the way the business operates (treating customers badly or manipulating them) or even something wrong with the company culture (like rampant sexism), you don’t have to stand for it.

If you feel like working for a certain company doesn’t align with your morals and values, this is enough of a reason to find somewhere better to work.

You Aren’t Following Your Passion

We all need to pay the bills, but when you’re truly unhappy with your career, it might be time to start working on your passion. Loving what you do for a living shouldn’t be a luxury. We all spend much of our time at work, so it’s important for your mental health that you love what you do.

Even if your job isn’t something you’re passionate about, you should at least be happy in your circumstances and be able to make time for your passions in the form of hobbies.

You’ve Been Made a Better Offer

Of course, a positive reason to leave your job is to walk straight into an even better one. For some, this might still be tough, if you’re happy in your job and love your colleagues.

However, to make a jump in your career is an opportunity that few of us can pass up.

You’re Suffering in a Hostile Environment

When you’re really in a hostile work environment, you need to make a move. This is a legal term, so you need to be sure what you’re really dealing with, but a truly hostile work environment might warrant legal action.

Talk to a labor lawyer if you feel that the way your employer treats the staff (or how other staff members treat one another) might fall into this category.