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Working a 9-5 can quickly get exhausting. There’s no doubt about that. Whether you’re posted in an office, or you work at different sites for your company, or even if you keep traveling to other places, mental and physical burnouts are something that eventually occurs. 

But should that lead to you quitting or changing your job? Is a momentary frustration enough to kick the job aside, send in your resignation, and retire to your couch? 

No, it shouldn’t. 

Yes, jobs are hard. But being jobless can be harder! There’s no guarantee that there’ll be a new job waiting for you right outside the door. It’s also foolish to assume that the next job won’t get tiring or momentarily unbearable. 

Before you decide to send in your two-week notice to your boss, here are some checkpoints to clear to ensure that you’re not leaving the job due to the wrong triggers.


In a Down Economy

Leaving a job in a crippling economic environment is a major disservice to yourself. Take the recent coronavirus unemployment rise. Even the largest businesses had to downsize their workforce to keep their profits stable. Many companies went under. 


The global economy has been in a deep pit ever since. Inflation has risen, which means everything is more expensive in general. It’s also harder to land a decent new job because companies are often reluctant to on-boarding more people. In this situation, it’ll be a dead end after a dead end!


If You Don’t Get Along With Someone


No matter how friendly or cooperative or on-top-of-your-game you are, there’ll always be that one staff member or that one executive with whom you won’t be able to get along. They may disagree with you over deadlines, fight over project headlines, or simply feel that you aren’t good enough.

Being around such people can be extremely difficult. Still, they are a part of every office environment! Instead of changing jobs, you should look towards the validation and support you get from other colleagues and higher-ups!


When You’re Planning a Huge Expense


Sure, you may have separate savings for your wedding, your kid’s college, your parent’s surgery, or a new house. But once you’ve spent those savings, your financial condition will be significantly more vulnerable. 

Just think about it. Would you want to take the unsure-income risk when you get married, have a baby, or relocate somewhere else? Honestly, that sounds pretty irresponsible. So even if your current job is eating you alive, you may have to hold on for a bit longer if there’s a big break-the-bank situation ahead!


When You Don’t Have Any Other Form of Income


Many times, people end up regretting their decision to quit because they take that decision without considering an alternative income. Whatever the reason is that causes you to quit, you should always have a plan B of an active or passive income that can substitute your primary income.

But what if there is no alternate source? No rent income, no side hustle, no investment? And what if your next job doesn’t cover your necessary expenses? With any new job, the catch is that none of them guarantee a stable income. Even that would be acceptable if you live alone and live minimally. But what if you have a family? What if you have goals? Would you risk everything, just like that?


When You’re Feeling Tired or Overworked


Understanding that your frustration and tiredness result from work-related stress is a good sign. It means you have your priorities sorted. It means that you care about yourself. It doesn’t mean that you need to impulsively quit the job in hopes that you’ll be in a much better place.

Sure, you may relax for a bit, or maybe go for a mini-vacation. But the thing is, a new job routine may drive you just as crazy!

So, before you decide to quit, try to talk it out with your company’s HR, your boss, your work-friend, or someone who’s close to you. They could help you unburden your load so you can feel less pressure on your nerves.


Still not sure if you should change jobs? No problem. All you need to do is give yourself some time to eventually realise which one of these five checkpoints you’re not clearing before you decide to say goodbye to your current job!

If that decision points to finding a new building service engineer job, reach out to us today. 


Author: Alex Cole is a Specialist Building Services Recruiter with Responsum. He’s always interested in networking with Building Service professionals. He loves talking football, is hoping to get on the property ladder soon, and visits Tenerife every year!


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