11192017

7 Signs It’s Time to Find a New Job

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Pay attention to these seven signs. They could be telling you it’s time to move on from your current job.

It happens to all of us at one time or another: You find that you dread Monday mornings, you can’t stand the thought of being behind your desk for another five days and are living for long holidays and weekends.

These can be natural reactions to the workplace (wouldn’t we all like to be wilderness bloggers or Instagram famous?) but other times, these feelings can belie a more existential problem with your work life.

In this article, I identify seven of the more common problems employees face that perhaps should spur the consideration of a change of workplace. I’m not advocating that you tender your resignation if these all apply to you, but they should certainly begin a conversation!

1. Your employer doesn’t take pride in your accomplishments

When you finally crack that code or reel in a big fish, do you find that you’re not getting much fanfare for your achievements?

This isn’t an uncommon experience. In fact, one of the top reasons Americans leave their jobs is lack of recognition and 65 percent of people surveyed responded that they got no recognition at all from their job.

This isn’t always a personal problem. You might not be the only one going underappreciated. It could be an “environmental” problem, in which case, it’s probably a good idea to leave anyhow.

2. The work no longer challenges you

Are you bored throughout the day? Do you feel like you’re just going through the motions until the clock strikes five?

If you feel like your job isn’t challenging anymore, and you’re not seeing any possibility for change or advancement, then hit the road. There’s an old saying: “If you’re the smartest guy in the room, find another room.” The same can be said about your job. If the job isn’t challenging, find one that is.

3. No room to grow

One of the worst things that can happen in a job is hitting that ceiling, pushing against it, but realizing there’s no more room to grow. 

Unfortunately, this isn’t a specific workplace problem but one that is affecting America as a whole. According to a recent report, 92 percent of children born in 1940 earned more than their parents, but only half of those born in 1984 can say the same. This is a disheartening fact but not one that can’t be challenged.

You should feel confident shopping around and seeing whether there are available jobs that are above your current pay grade. There’s nothing worse than feeling stagnant financially, especially for younger people with new families who are often the most affected. 

4. No chance to innovate

When work isn’t challenging, that’s one thing, but when you’re actively suppressing your innovative urges, that can signal a bigger problem.

Are you a pioneering problem-solver who’s being forced to play by the book? Don’t settle for just bumping along blindly at your job or not speaking up for fear of rocking the boat. Instead, either force your employer to let you spread your wings a little or get moving. 

5. You find yourself complaining often

When you get home from work, do you sit around the dinner table with your spouse and family and instead of light, buoyant conversation, you find that you’re just complaining about work?

Do you go out with your friends and dominate the conversation with your grievances?

This can be a big issue and not just with your work life but your social life and personal mental health as well. While it’s been shown that you can improve your mental health through complaining, staying in a bad situation isn’t recommended for anyone.

6. You’re miserable at work

Sure, after the weekend we all have a little bit of dread about going into work on Monday morning, and by Thursday, we’re all ready for the weekend. But there’s a difference between a “case of the Mondays” and full-scale abhorrence of going to and being at work.

Of course, there could be a personal problem you’re dealing with at your job, but, more often than not, it’s because you’re unsatisfied with your current position. See what you can do to remedy it or get out of dodge.

7. Your performance is suffering

While some continue to excel despite dissatisfaction with their job, others find that their performance starts to suffer.

You might find yourself in the boss’s office if your performance takes a marked dip, but this can actually be a good thing. You might be able to speak with your superior, or an HR professional, about what’s going wrong and how it can be fixed.

While there are plenty of reasons to seek out a new job, there can be many reasons to stay put. A good salary, health benefits and other perks might outweigh your lack of challenging work or inhibited innovation. In these cases, I would suggest speaking with someone higher up to troubleshoot ways to make your job more to your liking. In the end, it’s going to be more beneficial for the company to keep a good employee happy than to let them walk away.

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