To leave or not to leave?

Many people will stay in a job they hate because they fear the unknown. With the media reporting on high unemployment rates and tough economic forecasts, people continue to be unhappy in their jobs in order to guarantee that monthly paycheck. Whilst it is advised that employees should not be so flippant in throwing job opportunities away, there are a few signs that will tell you that you possibly should be looking for pastures new.

You and your colleagues

The people that work with you are usually a good indicator if things are not going well. Your colleagues should be more than just people that you work with, as you can socialise with them both in and out of working hours. However, if you find that all you now do is talk to them to complain about your job, you should ask yourself why this is.

Furthermore, you may start realise that your colleagues are starting to get promoted past you. If someone has not been at the company as long as you but seems to be moving up the ladder quicker, it could be a sign that you are stuck in a rut and should possibly move onto something new.

You and your boss

It is a general rule that many employees will not be ‘mates’ with their boss, but if you feel like you are getting no positive feedback at all, you should ask yourself, or your boss, why. Not getting praise does not mean you are doing a bad job, but it may also be a sign that something is wrong. Always ask the question: ‘Could I be achieving more somewhere else?’

Furthermore you should look to your boss, as what they will be doing, will inevitably be your future job. If the prospect of that fails to ignite any ambition or passion, then you should come out of the field as soon as possible. Remember that someone else who is passionate about the sector could be doing your job right now.

You and your skills

A job should not just be a way to pay your bills at the end of every month. Being in employment means that you are developing your skillset every day. Having obstacles and challenges will keep you on your toes and excited for work, so make sure that you are still learning and adopting new skills on the go. Team meetings are a great way to manage such skills, but if you are finding that you are remaining at the same level, or are tuning out of these meetings, it is probably time to be moving on.

It is always natural for the novelty of a new job to wear off, but try and remember back to when you first started. If you are no longer feeling any excitement about your next shift, this is a clear indicator that you are unhappy.


Regardless of what anyone says, there are thousands of great hospitality jobs out there at your disposal. You don’t have to put up being unhappy any longer.

So to leave or not to leave? That’s the question you should be asking yourself today.

Berkeley Scott provides specialist advice and support to help you find hospitality work.