You’ve clocked in 9-5, Monday to Friday (or Saturday), every day without fail, and you’re tired of the routine. As the excitement of a new job fades, and routine settles in, the lure of making a big, dramatic change could make a serious argument for leaving your regular job and trying something new. While this is a common dilemma, making a decision based just on ‘what if’ could prove to be a big regret.

Leaving a job should be well-thought out decision, and not something to do on a whim. If you’ve feel you’ve outgrown your current company, and won’t be persuaded to stay by a promotion or added benefits, by all means put out a job application and look for something new. Not sure about your decision yet? Here are some bad reasons to leave a job:

Your friend leaves

Work friends are best friends – but that shouldn’t be the reason that you leave your job. As different people with individualised career paths, leaving your job because your friend did isn’t exactly wise; your decisions should be based on your situation and feelings, not on theirs. If you’re still happy and satisfied with your job, just make new friends; it is much easier than it sounds.

No one will notice if you leave

If you work in a big company, this could be the case. However, if your impact to the company is so small that nobody will pay attention if you leave, it might not be the time for you to go. Why not put more effort into making yourself stand out from the pack? That way, when you do make the decision to move on, people will notice – and might even try to get you to stay!

You’re bored

No job is perfect, and boredom is inevitable. There are ways to mitigate that. Is your work challenging enough? Is it satisfying your needs? If it’s still exciting, then try adding some creativity to your routine before you hand in your two weeks notice. It might make the difference between leaving and staying.

Overtime was required/didn’t like the schedule

If this is the reason you leave a job, please don’t share it with your next employer, unless you have a legitimate reason for needing flexitime. If not, it reflects a lazy attitude and unwillingness to give a little extra.

Job too difficult

This isn’t necessarily a reason to leave, but a reason to work harder and learn as much as you can to get better at it. Don’t underestimate your brain and your willpower to learn. It is definitely worth giving it your best shot before deciding to give up.