How to Know it’s Time to Go?


If you’re wrestling with the idea of leaving your current employer, the decision is not always simple. Career movement is common, in 2016, the turnover rate in the hospitality sector topped 70 percent for the second consecutive year, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover (JOLTS) program. The industry is certainly ripe with opportunity, but how do you know it’s time to move on? If you find yourself nodding your head after reading, it may be time to polish up that resume.

1. You no longer feel challenged in your role.

Practice makes perfect, and if you’ve spent some time honing and perfecting your skills in your current role, those things you worked hard to master are no longer difficult. If your current situation does not allow continued growth, it may be time to explore new options.

2. You struggle to stay focused or find yourself watching the clock.

Being painfully aware of the movement of time is no way to spend a productive workday. If your job has become nothing more than a paycheck and you “get through the day”, it’s likely time for a new opportunity.

3. Little stresses or challenges set you off.

Especially if you have traditionally been unflappable and even-keeled. Employees who are unhappy in their current role often struggle with the ability to maintain their cool in situations that were previously easy to handle. If you find yourself “fed up” over the little things, your performance is likely to go downhill, and relationships with your colleagues will likely suffer as well.

4. Your ideas, contributions, and insights are not valued or considered.

You were hired to make an impact, but your current organization does not support your ability to do so. Whether your workplace operates under micromanagement style, or you simply don’t have a say in the things that affect you, not being allowed to play in the game will inevitably lead you to question why you show up every day.

5. Your values do not align with that of your employers.

Employee engagement company TinyPulse, polled over 400 full time workers from various industries and found that employees who did not relate to a company’s culture and value system were 15% more likely to leave their jobs. You are best served by being part of a company that speaks to your style, your goals, and your unique contributions. If you are unable to relate to the mission of your organization, find it hard to connect to your supervisors or colleagues, or have the overall feeling that you just don’t fit in, you are better served finding a job that offers a culture match.

6. You have trouble sleeping, experience anxiety as a result of your work, or feel that your family life is suffering.

Life is just too short to sacrifice your health or your family.

7. You dread Monday mornings.

Or Tuesdays, or Wednesdays, or any day that work is on the agenda.

8. You’ve continually taken on more responsibility without a change in title, increase in pay, or recognition for your efforts.

If you’ve established yourself as the company’s “go-to”, or “yes” person, you may find it difficult to break the cycle. Your management team may view you as a great asset, but without reciprocation of any kind, you will find yourself unfulfilled, and at worst, resentful of your employer.

9. You spend much of your time away from work talking or complaining about work.

In our industry, work life balance can seem like a far-away dream and often there is not much separation from off to on. Long work days and work weeks may have you eating, breathing, and sleeping your job, but when you find yourself unable to contribute to a conversation without bringing up your work, it may be time for a change.

10. You just have that feeling.

Maybe you sense an impending sale, or inevitable layoffs, or maybe you just know it’s time to go.