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Working With Chronic Illness: Leaving a Job

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You’ve been thinking about something — is it time to leave your job? This is a question that only you can answer, but if the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the fact that we don’t have to settle for a job that isn’t meeting our needs.

That shouldn’t change when you have a chronic illness. To make sure you’re making the best move, let’s run through deciding when it might be time to move on, along with an exit strategy to follow.

When it’s time to consider leaving your job: You find yourself waking up and dreading going to work You really despise your workload lately You and your boss/coworkers cannot find neutral ground to work together well despite many efforts You don’t find the work challenging or interesting enough anymore You are continuously looked over for promotions or career growth even after it was expressed that you wanted those things You are losing balance to take care of yourself Your workplace is not willing to work with you/your needs You don’t agree with the company’s culture You still wouldn’t want to be there if your team was willing to make every change happen that you need to thrive Changes to your workload/role were implemented but they’re still not helping or making things better for you Re-evaluate what your employment needs are: It can be helpful to look back to why you originally applied for your current job and understand why it was so appealing then, but not anymore, and why you want to leave.

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