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When is it a good time to change your job?


Making a change in your workplace can be intimidating. There are always risks when veering off a trodden path, but some paths have dead ends. There are in fact a number of good reasons why you might want to change your job.

No career progression

The politics of companies aren’t always fair game. They’ll make promises to certain people, and be outwardly biased towards others. If people have secured themselves on the ladder, there will always be people who miss out. If you’re good enough to move ahead, you shouldn’t settle where you are. Bonuses or increased responsibility in your current role are not actually as compensatory as you thing; they only keep you down and keep the lives of those above you relatively easy. You deserve your chance.


If you’ve worked long enough at a place to know the way your boss operates, you will know enough to decide whether they’re the right person to be in charge of your working environment. It can be certain strategies, manner of communication, company goals or general bad management which has impacted the company’s business. Either way, if you have been there long enough to see you don’t match with the boss’s philosophy and they don’t match to yours, move on. You can’t change a person, no matter how many talks you have with them.

Difficult colleagues

Just like we can’t be friends with everybody, we can’t be civil with everybody. If relationships have become strained – especially if it was personal and went sour – they can seriously affect the atmosphere, which isn’t fair on others. This works much like problems with your boss. You can’t change people. If you feel like you have less people to support you, don’t turn this into a war. Don’t recruit people to take sides and drive a split down the workforce. Be the bigger person and resign. Find a job where your colleagues respect you and you can reciprocate that respect.

Your health and wellbeing

When we or a family member are diagnosed with a long-term illness or health condition, it can not only put a dent in our happiness, but also a dent in your capability to work. Don’t be too proud to say you’re now struggling with the demands of your job. This doesn’t just do you a favour, but the company a favour. You matter, and if something were to happen to you at work because of your health, sometimes it can be a strain on the company to make adjustments or to reassure regulatory bodies that everything is above board. If your company genuinely isn’t in a position to help you, it’s best to accept it and choose a new direction. Take a job that you can do to the best of your abilities.


All good jobs should offer fair maternity leave and fair opportunities to working mothers who want to earn a living. Having children and balancing them with a job is difficult and you deserve a place which accommodates for this, whether it be a job share, working from home, or childcare systems. If your job can’t do this for you, much like with health problems, leave and move on. Find a job where you can get the assistance you need.


Some companies take their employees for a ride. Health and safety standards aren’t up to scratch, the benefit schemes and bonuses are too small, the overworked are underpaid and holidays never seem to exist. All these points give you leverage to leave. Workers have more rights than they like to think and should be smart enough to use them to their advantage. It’s not so smart to denounce a business in front of prospective employers no matter how much you want to, but your leaving should do all the talking anyway.

Below-par performance

Compare your employers to the competition. How well are they doing? If you’re feeling particularly loyal, you might want to help turn things around if the company’s failing, but this could be a waste of your time and efforts. In combination with poor management and regulations, poor company performance is more than enough of a sign to move on. Join another company with better prospects. If a more esteemed name is attached to you, you will have more currency in the business world. No one wants to work with someone who has bad connections.


Passion for your work is worth taking into consideration. Work is a huge part of your life and to waste it unhappy will be your regret, not the company’s. Don’t be frightened to pursue a career that interests you or makes better use of your talents [5 ways to discover your hidden talent]. If your current job is so safe, surely you’ll be able to go back to it?

Sometimes there are things about our job that we can’t change, no matter how many meetings we attend or complaints we file or self-improvements we make. At this point, changing your job instead of waiting for your job to change is a much better idea. If you want support and guidance for a job change read our eBook packed full of guidance and tips, or book in for a call with one of our career coaches.


This article was contributed by Pink Moods.

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