Truth: Job-hopping gets a bad rap. It's often pegged to the stereotypical image of a lazy, entitled millennial who never quite mastered any real skills, has zero accomplishments, and plods along career-wise among other things.
But when is it time to go sniffing around for greener career pastures elsewhere, and when it is time to stay put? We talked to a few career experts to weigh in on how to know if you should stay or go at your current job:
1. Job-hop if: You're no longer challenged.
2. Job hop if: You're undervalued.
3. Job hop if: You're trying to escape bad management.
4. Job-hop if: It's a toxic environment.
5. Job-hop if: There's a conflict that can't be fixed.
6. Job-hop if: You want a more diverse and inclusive environment.
7. Job-hop if: You are seeking an industry that is more "future proof."
8. Stay if: Your employer cares about you.
9. Stay if: Your job has *most* of the things you want.
10. Stay if: You need to "shelter in job."
11. Stay if: You haven't maximized where you are.
12. Finally, stay if: There are folks at your job who can boost you.
"Full-time employees spend over 1,800 hours a year working," says Dixon-Traylor. "That's a lot of time. You spend so much time at work, physically or virtually, and so your workplace needs to show they care about you and your well-being."
Bottom line: Whether you decide to job-switch or stay put, make the most of your job and the work that you do. Your vocation might not be a vacation. While it's not always awesome-fun time, it doesn't have to be hell on Earth, either.