Why do we hop from job to job so much? It's usually one of three things: the workplace is toxic+stagnant+unfulfilling, a better opportunity comes along, or life takes you someplace else (philosophically or geographically).  The second and third are perfectly fine reasons to leave, but the first one is a head-scratcher.

In a less-than-satisfying job situation, you're most likely not the only employee tempted to run for the hills. But you have a choice: do you jump ship or do you lead toward change? Sure, it seems intimidating to try and turn a moving ship, but it can also be an opportunity to make an impact and learn valuable professional skills.

When is it worth it to stick it out?

  • When you have influence. Is your opinion sought after and heard? This is an opportunity to make your mark.
  • When executives are headed in the right direction. Sometimes, what goes wrong is somewhere in the middle. Is there someone trying to lead that you could team up with? If you can stick out the transition with professionalism, there may be a better spot for you when things are on the up and up.
  • When you're actively searching for your next job. Having no income is a difficult, and in these economic times, it's hard to anticipate how long you may have to go without one if you quit your job without another one lined up. A little patience can stave off a lot of financial insecurity.
  • When you have a good mentor at work. If you're getting good guidance, you're in WAY better position than many. While this isn't the best reason to stay on its own, it could be a key factor in your decision.

How long do you stick it out? That's up to you. And there are definitely instances where peacing out is the best option. When you see big, obvious red flags, sticking around is a bad idea.