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Should you leave your job?

By Faeza
24 June 2016

As the year comes to an end, it's introspection time for many workers. This is when people review progress in their personal and professional lives, and when people who feel stuck in their jobs hope that the new year will come with much-need change, like a new job or a promotion.


Life coach at Khazimla Coaching, Sinazo Mboye, says if you are constantly stressing about the job but are unable to get around to doing something about it, it's time to move on. According to Cape Town-based Media and Communication Strategist, Magdel Steyn, the reason most employees stay in their jobs even though they know they have to move on is financial security. “They know they’re not happy in their jobs anymore, but what if you move and it’s even worse,” she asks.

If you feel stuck in your job, here are few signs that will indicate that it might be time to move on:


Magdel says it's time to move on the day you wake up feeling like going to work is an effort. "We all go through ups and downs in our careers and jobs, but if you lose your passion for what you do, it's time for a change," she says.

Move Tip: Empower yourself by reflecting on what you're offering your employer. Is your performance at the level it should be?


Managers should be able to let people they lead shine and demonstrate the highest level of professionalism. Sometimes bosses become insecure when an employee is good at their job, overlooking their career instead of supporting it.

Move Tip: Spend time with your mentor defining your new career goals. You could take on a new role in the same company or start your own business.


If you're relationship with your boss is strained, it could grow into one of contempt and create tension. This is neither healthy nor fruitful for both parties.

Move Tip: It’s important to conduct yourself in a professional manner even if you’re planning to move on to another job.


Job security isn’t guaranteed, with retrenchment statistics continue to rise and forcing most employees to seek alternative opportunities. Some companies are restructuring their business operations and need to cut down their expenses, which often includes retrenching staff.

Move Tip: Prepare for a job interview and research the types of questions asked. You will not be the only person being interviewed, aim to make a great impression.