If you’re like most people, you aren’t exactly excited about going into the office. It’s not terrible, but it’s also not necessarily what you dreamed of doing when they were a kid. Or now.
On the other hand, every job has hard days. Office life fluctuates, so it can be hard to know when it’s time to leave. Is there a better option out there? Are you just having a difficult day? Or has a pattern formed that indicates your office is truly making you miserable?
If you’re stuck wondering whether you should stick it out or flee, here are 6 signs it’s time to ditch your office and figure out other arrangements:
You have a long commute.
According to research, a long commute is one of easiest ways to ruin your day. One study reported that someone with an hour-long commute would have to make 40% more money to be as satisfied with life as someone who walks to the office.
As Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert put it, “Driving in traffic is a different kind of hell every day.”
And if all that’s not enough, commuting may even directly damage your health. According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, those who commute even 16 to 20 miles are 33% less likely to get adequate exercise and more than 50% more likely to be obese.
You genuinely hate Mondays.
Shared Monday misery runs rampant on social media. And yes, some of the memes are adorable and hilarious.
But are they really a joke, or do you sincerely hate going to the place where you’re going to be for the rest of the week? If you genuinely hate Mondays, take it as a sign that your work arrangement deserves a reexamination.
You wouldn’t voluntarily spend time with most of your coworkers.
Every office may have that coworker. But if the thought of happy hour with your coworkers make you cringe, that’s a red flag that you might be want to
It also helps to think in terms of opportunity cost. By spending your day with your coworkers, you’re giving up the opportunity to spend time with everyone else in the world who you find enjoyable and inspiring.
You live in an expensive city and don’t love it.
Cost of living prices in the largest U.S. cities run up to 62% higher than the national average. If work’s causing you to live in a pricey city like San Francisco, New York City, or Boston and you don’t absolutely love it—it may be time to reconsider whether your office is worth paying the premimum.
A large percentage of your workday is unproductive.
Did you know that the average worker is only productive for three hours out of an eight hour workday?
Most hours at the office are unnecessary. They’re not productive, and they’re not fun. They’re just spent waiting for the workday to end so that they don’t have to be at the office anymore.
You aren’t living the life you’ve imagined.
The most common life regrets of the dying are wishing they hadn’t worked so hard, wishing they had let themselves be happier, and wishing they’d had the courage to live a life true to themselves. If your current work situation doesn’t make you happy and isn’t true to who you are, those are the ultimate signs that it’s time to make a change.
If more than a couple of those resonated with you, it might be time to seriously consider making a drastic change around your work life.