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I feel stressed out due to my job. When should I look for better employment?

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Last Updated: 12/15/2020 at 12:08pm
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February 18th, 2015 10:54am
At any job you'll find stressful moments. It's important you decide whether you can work through the workload that you currently have or whether it's really having a huge enough impact on you to leave your current position. It's important to remember that most jobs will have situations like these, and you can't always keep moving from job to job, so you need to ask how severe the situation truly is.
August 18th, 2015 2:40pm
It is important NOT to make an emotinal decision. So i would allow my frustration to wear off. And then i sit down and jot down the pros and cons of why i wanna leave my current job. and if the bad out weighs the good and nothing has helped, including HR and management ...then perhaps it is time to reconsider.
February 7th, 2017 2:06pm
It is important to understand what it is about your job that is stressing you out. Often, it can be the kind of work that you do that you are unable to relate to. Other times, it can be the people that you work with. Identifying the factors that are affecting the quality of your current job is crucial to making the right change - whether it is seeking a new job or working to correct these issues at your current workplace.
April 14th, 2015 9:20pm
In my personal experience, I would state once stress becomes a health problem. Lack of eating, sleeping, and irritableness due to work related stress could be a sign of a new job needed. I get normal stress like a deadline is close and the work is not fully completed, but that does not cause me to suddenly become out of character.
June 29th, 2015 4:16am
Just relax, and leave it in God's hands, that would be my answer, only if you are giving your best
July 13th, 2015 1:32am
As soon as you can. Don't invest in anything that doesn't make you happy, it'll just make your life harder. Better start over now then later.
January 30th, 2018 4:04am
ASAP. If you aren't comfortable and happy then it isn't the job for you. Its better to get out ASAP to prevent anymore stress on yourself.
February 13th, 2018 2:23pm
You can start looking now actually. That doesn't mean giving up your current job until you have another secure/stable option. It just means checking out any opportunities and taking the time to find something that makes you feel better. The best time to look for a job is when you already have one because you can weigh the options and you're not in a rush. Of course that isn't always possible.
February 26th, 2018 2:20am
I think there are a lot of reasons to be stressed out in your job. In mild cases, I think it's the best for you to persevere, especially when your position is advantageous to your future. On the other hand, work can be abusive. If you are uncomfortable with your work that it's affecting your performance, I do think that it's to your best interest that you start look around and find a job that suits you better with a better work environment :)
April 28th, 2020 5:15am
What specific things are stressing you out at work? Do you feel as though you’re in the wrong industry? Do you have any co-workers that stress you out or bother you? If this is causing you to come home and not relax after your work day I would say that would be a good time to look for better employment. You deserve to feel good about your job and feel as though it’s rewarding for you. Have you addressed this with your boss? Possibly they aren’t aware of the issues and value you to the extent that they can make you feel More comfortable.
December 15th, 2020 12:08pm
Stress isn’t always bad. A little bit of stress can help you stay focused, energetic, and able to meet new challenges in the workplace. It’s what keeps you on your toes during a presentation or alert to prevent accidents or costly mistakes. But in today’s hectic world, the workplace too often seems like an emotional roller coaster. Long hours, tight deadlines, and ever-increasing demands can leave you feeling worried, drained, and overwhelmed. And when stress exceeds your ability to cope, it stops being helpful and starts causing damage to your mind and body—as well as to your job satisfaction. You can’t control everything in your work environment, but that doesn’t mean you’re powerless, even when you’re stuck in a difficult situation. If stress on the job is interfering with your work performance, health, or personal life, it’s time to take action. No matter what you do for a living, what your ambitions are, or how stressful your job is, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce your overall stress levels and regain a sense of control at work.