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Married to the Job - Is it time to get divorced?

Is getting out of bed to start the work day becoming increasingly difficult? Does worrying about your job keep you up at night? Do you find yourself constantly complaining to anyone who will listen about your job? If you’re like most people, you spend the majority of your waking hours at work, so it stands to reason that you should be happy during this time. For some people, when it’s time to leave a job can be clear as day, whereas for others it might not be so obvious. Being able to see the signs that it’s time for a change in your career is vital, not just for your professional life, but also for your personal wellbeing. Here are just a few of the signifiers that suggest it may be time to move on…


Has that clock stopped working!?


You look at the clock, it’s only 11am. You work for what you feel is around 2 hours. You look back at the clock. It’s 11:05am. We all have the odd day at work that drags on a bit, but if obsessive clock watching is becoming a regular habit, this may be a sign that you need a job which keeps you engaged all day every day.


Has everyone always been this annoying?


Office chat seems louder. Everyone is either coughing or sniffling constantly. Your boss’s jokes aren’t funny anymore. What is happening? Unhappiness in your work can really start to wear you down, and in the process make you grouchy and increasingly irate at the little things. Try keeping track of how many times you roll your eyes, shake your head, sign, tut or generally become annoyed during work. If this is too high it can be a clear indicator that you are unhappy in your current situation.


Erghh it’s Sunday.


For most people, the weekend is a time to relax and unwind after a long week’s work. If you’re unhappy in your job, you may start to notice a feeling of dread encroach on your peaceful Sunday rest, turning it into a countdown to another painful week at work. Your unhappiness during the work week will soon start to spread to your free time. Don’t let it get to that point.


Will you stop whining and do something about it!


You may start to notice that your once highly supportive partner/friend/family member is becoming less and less sympathetic to your work troubles. It’s perfectly normal to vent to your loved ones when you’ve had a particularly tough day at the office, but using them as your personal psychiatrist on a daily basis can be a sign to make a change.


These are just some of the signals that could indicate it’s time to quit your job. If you need any support or advice with your career, the team at Maxwell Stephens are on hand to help. Give us a call on 0207 118 4848 or send an email to


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