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Whether you're bored or completely overwhelmed without enough resources, it may be time to leave your current position and seek out better opportunities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that Americans are quitting their jobs at the highest rate since 2001. While it's normal to occasionally feel stuck or unsure of your next step, if those feelings persist and worsen then it's probably a sign you've outgrown your job. Economists, employers, and job recruiters share 5 common signs that it's time to change your work situations.

1.You're not being challenged

If your heart isn't in your work, then slogging through the daily grind isn't worth the pay. Maybe the company has changed from its original direction or your duties have been altered so that it's no longer the right fit. Take stock of the company's future and your place in it. If you can't see it aligning with your passions, then it's time to brush up on your skill and move on.

2. You're being under-utilized

You may find yourself bored and frustrated because you're being overlooked in the workplace. Whether you've been repeatedly passed over for a promotion or your bosses deny your requests, you shouldn't feel useless or ignored. Suzy Welch at CNBC describes the feeling, "You're stuck in the kind of job I call a 'velvet coffin' — comfortable, but deadly to your brain and spirit, not to mention your career."

3. You're not paid enough

Whether the company has downsized or your haven't received a raise in years, your compensation should be commensurate with your performance and skill levels. Similarly, if you've been asked to take on extra tasks but your pay doesn't reflect your increased workload, that's a sign that you're being underpaid. As always, consider the future and see if you have room to advance in your current position. If not, you should create an exit strategy.

4. Your health is affected

Stress can negatively affect your energy levels, your mood, and your physical health. Worse is the fact that high stress and anxiety can create a lethargy that harms your work performance. If your sick days are increasingly due to dread or fear, then your body is telling you that you need to find a healthier and more productive environment.

5. Offensive workplace behavior

Obviously, if your superiors or co-workers repeatedly exhibit negative, offensive, or inappropriate behavior, you have every right to look at other positions. While a company should provide protocols to report such behaviors to Human Resources, you may also want to consult an employment attorney who has your best interests at heart. Like putting your health first, you should protect your sense of security and safety.

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