Source: This article was originally published on CNBC.
Written by: Courtney Connley, CNBC Make It
It’s tough to know the right time to leave a job, but there’s one simple question that can help you reach your conclusion.
Before putting in your two-weeks notice, you should ask yourself, “When was the last time I did something at work for the first time?” If your answer is yesterday, last week or even a month ago, then you may want to think twice before you quit your job.
There might be aspects of your job that you don’t like, but your answer is evidence that you’re still learning and you’re still growing. Continue to build that resume and take a moment to appreciate that you’ve got a job that stretches you.
On the other hand, if it’s been months or years since you’ve tried something new, you’re long overdue for a new position.
You’re stuck in the kind of job I call a ‘velvet coffin’ — comfortable, but deadly to your brain and spirit, not to mention your career.
Even if your job offers amazing perks and you love the people you work with, you’ll still want to get out before the lid closes on you. Once the fear wears off and you’re in a challenging new job, you’ll look back and wonder why you waited so long.
Quitting a job may be one of the hardest decisions you have to make in your career, but this simple question will provide you with clarity to make the best decision for you.
The facts are: Be growing, or get going.
Suzy Welch is the co-founder of the Jack Welch Management Institute and a noted business journalist, TV commentator, and public speaker. Through its online MBA program, the Jack Welch Management Institute transforms the lives of its students by providing them with the tools to become better leaders, build great teams, and help their organizations win.