Xander Schofield in Lifestyle, Entrepreneurs Sep 30, 2016 · 2 min read · +200

5 Reasons Change is Worth it When You Hate Your Job

With the memory of the economic downturn still fresh and painful, you are not alone if you are afraid to leave your job. But as the unemployment rate slowly declines and more jobs are being added here on American soil, there is a case to be made for leaving a job that you truly hate. In this post, learn five reasons why it may be worth it to jump ship.

Reason 1: Your health is about to ask for a divorce.

"Death by overwork" is a real thing. We know this because in Japan, there is even a term for it: karoshi. Even the most robust immune system will in time falter under the weight of unending stress, dread and dissatisfaction.

According to WebMD, your risk for coronary heart disease, diabetes, anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and other dangers. At some point, it is no longer worth risking your health just for a paycheck. There are other paychecks out there to be had - and less stressful ones if you play your cards right.

Reason 2: For that matter, so is your spouse and child.

Relationships suffer severely at the hands of unpleasant work conditions. By the time you retire, you will have spent 50 years of your life at work. That is more time than you spend with your partner, your family, your friends or even sleeping!

So it is no wonder that if you hate the way you spend the majority of your time, it won't be long before the people close to you will be seeking cheerier company. Save your good relationships first. They are much harder to find than a good job.5 Reasons Change is Worth it When You Hate Your Job

Reason 3: You'd like to feel appreciated at work at least once before you die.

Employee recognition programs exist for a reason. Unfortunately, far too few employers use them as of yet to retain their best talent. And when the majority of recognition programs seem random or reek of favoritism, it is no wonder so many workers become demoralized watching undeserving co-workers getting rewarded and promoted over them.

The right employer will appreciate you, just as employe recognition programs in the right hands can create employee loyalty like no other. You deserve to be appreciated at work, so go find an employer that recognizes your worth.

Reason 4: You don't fit in, and you never have, and you're pretty sure you never will.

The term "corporate culture" describes a very specific way that any given company operates. Often the corporate culture is built on the company mission and vision, but sometimes it is simply a product of whoever happens to be holding the reins at any given moment.

But one thing is certain. It is far easier to change jobs than to try to change the existing corporate culture where you work.

Reason 5: You have a strong vision of the work life you want, and your existing job isn't it.

Sometimes that little voice inside you gets to talking, and no matter what you do it won't stop. The more it talks, the more dissatisfied you feel with your current situation, and the more you realize that nothing about your job now is really a good fit for who you are, how you operate and what you want to do in life.

If you are lucky enough to have a career vision, don't waste it. People spend their whole lives looking for it, and here it is knocking on your door, so get up and answer!