Here’s the deal, you’re at your job a lot. You may be spending more time with your coworkers and your office desk than you do with your friends and family. If you are going to spend all that time at a job, why shouldn’t it be fulfilling? You deserve to be happy!
The key is to take a step back to really see if your current job is gratifying for you. People are not staying at their positions forever and getting that gold retirement watch after 50 years anymore. According to the Wall Street Journal, a job life span for people between the ages of 20-24 is 16 months and 25-34 is 3 years.
Where does that leave us? In a great place to evaluate if the job we’re in right now is working, or if not, the chance to find something else.
Think about these five signs you need a new job:
1. You’re bored.
It started out fresh and exciting, but over time your role has become repetitive and flat out… boring!
You don’t have anything new to work on, the same old work is done quickly, and the rest of the hours seem to drudge on. To some people this might seem fine, but let’s be honest, without a little challenge, is there anything to really prevent the boredom?!
2. You’re dreading going to work.
We all know Mondays are the worst. But then do you have the same feeling Tuesday morning? Do you get physically sick in the morning or the evening before you go to the office? Do your eyes start to get blurry from staring at your watch…counting down pretty much until the second when you can leave the office? When you wake up, is your first thought to figure out when is your next off day?
3. There’s a lack of trust.
Are you starting to lose trust in your coworkers, boss, management, or even the company as a whole? Are the people that you once trusted changing in a way that you can’t stand behind them or does your company’s mission and values not align with yours anymore?
4. Inability to grow.
You may already be bored, but you’re now realizing there’s nowhere to go in the company upward or even laterally that will help you reach your goals.
Have your coworkers been in the same role for a significant period of time? Company’s value stability at a position, but a good company strives to have their employees grow professionally.
Immediate movement should not be expected, but no variety or growth after some time should be a concern.
5. You’re getting lazy.
Have you become complacent with having not grown in your role and you lack the motivation and drive you had before? This isn’t to say that every once in a while you like a little break, but do you notice a pattern where you’re no longer seeking the projects you once loved or you’re stepping down from commitments that you previously participated in?
If you find yourself in one or more of the above situations at your current job, it’s time to take a step back and evaluate if it’s right for you. The solution may be as simple as talking with your supervisor about new opportunities or as extreme as looking for a new job or possibly career.
The key is to recognize your current situation and to take action. Remember that you can spend more time at your job than anywhere else, make the most of it.
Now, that you know these things… what’s your plan?
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