Many people are unhappy with where they work. The reasons for this varies, but a common result is that they continue in their position with little to no complaint.
According to recruitment agency Hays Canada, 50% of Canadian residents are not happy with their job. Furthermore, 47% did not fit in the work environment, about 56% were unhappy with the new recruits.
“For some, when it’s time to leave a job can be quite clear — where as for others, it might not be so obvious,” says Ryan Kahn, a career coach, founder of The Hired Group, star of MTV’s Hired, and author of Hired! The Guide for the Recent Grad.
There are five signs to know if it’s time for you to pack up and switch jobs. They are:
1. You are bored in your job: Frequent boredom is a warning sign. It signifies that you want more than what you’re getting from your job; and that your job isn’t living up to expectations. If you feel you are wasting important hours of your life stuck in your cubicle, then it might be time to move on.
2. Your skills are not acknowledged: Every employee must prove him/herself in the beginning phase of a new job. It’s someone everyone goes through before a manager can fully trust your competence in the new role. This wait should have a definite time-span however, it can’t last forever. Even in large organizations where promotions are hard to get, this wait can’t be more than 3 years and that’s in the most demanding of roles.
“When you know you have more to offer the world, don’t second-guess yourself — get ready for change,” says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert, leadership coach, and author of “Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant.”
3. Your boss is developing his/her career at your expense: Does it feel like you’re trapped in The Devil Wears Prada or The Proposal? Does every achievement you accomplish only go towards furthering the reputation of your boss, while you receive no acknowledgement? If your boss is doing this while also conveniently ‘forgetting’ to credit you and honour commitments, then it’s time to go.
4. You biggest dread is going to work: If the thought of going into work makes you feel like sobbing, or if you need to a pep talk every morning before leaving your home, then there’s a problem. Work isn’t supposed to be fun, but it also shouldn’t be a source of negativity in your life.
5. You’ve lost the ‘spark’: Whenever a person begins a new job, there’s a level of excitement that accompanies them. What the workplace inspires in a person needs to be more than a simple paycheck. There should be pride, loyalty and certainty that the person wants to be there. If a work place is toxic, or if you’re just not the right fit, you won’t have these feelings. Instead, only the threat of losing your job or scolding from your boss is the only thing motivating you. If you’re not even motivated to dress appropriately, then you need change jobs ASAP.
Remember, it’s never too late for anything. There is no reason why today cannot be different than yesterday. Life is too short to stay stuck at a place. Change your job, and you might never know, what surprise life has in store for you around the corner.