Let us be honest it happens. A few years into a job, the work culture begins to change, priorities change, and you change. You have gained seniority, but you have seen a lot of your colleagues leave. Your enthusiasm wains because you feel your goals and your business’s goals are no longer the same. Leaving you feeling, your ideal job no longer is ideal.
Now, your ideal job becomes an emotional weight that affects your mood, they way you perceive things, and how you relate to others. Leaving you feeling stress and hopeless. You rather stay at home in your pyjamas watching television then go into work. The signs are there but you may not see them. So, how do you known when it is time to consider finding a new job?
You dread going into work
This is a warning sign that something is wrong. If you don’t feel as though you are depressed or other issues in your life, then it is likely the feeling of dread is a sign about your job. Take time to consider if the feeling is a short-term, because of seasonal demands or if it is something that is symptomatic of something deeper. If it is the latter, then it is a sign that considering a change is required.
Doing the bare minimum
If you started your job with great enthusiasm. Whereby you were the one that stayed late and took on extra work so you can advance. People will come to you with their problems. Now, you try to make yourself scarce as possible, you intently watch the clock and hide out in the bathroom so you can leave after doing your 7.5 hours.
Job is impacting your sleep, family life, or emotional wellbeing
You are unable to seperate work life from family life and your work life is impacting your personal life. Your work life is impacting your ability to sleep, spend time with your family, or it is making your miserable because you cannot detach. You are spending more time “at the office” and it is beginning to isolate you from your family and friends. The impact is such you are losing enjoying life and you are beginning to feel anxious, angry, or depressed.
Feeling you are being underpaid
You are no longer able to leave your job ‘at the door of your office.’ Now, your job is causing stress related symptoms that is impacting your personal life and it is impacting those that you love around you.
Money is a big driver of our behaviour. It can influence our decision but there is a limit of its influence. Other factors such as passion, motivation, complexity and variety also influence us.
I remember years ago when I was working as a project manager and I was working 9 – 10 hours a day. I absolutely loved what I was doing.
Then one day I began searching for similar roles to my role and I found other roles requiring the same experience were paying at least £3,000 more. Plus, my business was undergoing significant changes at the time that saw several people become redundant. This left me feeling defeated and depressed.
As I look back at that experience, I was new to the United Kingdom and did not understand the work culture. So, I made the decision to stay. However, now I know it is a sign to consider another role.
Your career goals is diverging from your business’s goals for you
As time passes, people and companies change. When accepting the offer for your current position you believe your career goals align with your business’s. However, a few years later you begin finding your goals change and being feeling your business does not offer the route you need.
Impending merger, layoff, or redundancies
Mergers, layoffs, and redundancies offer both opportunities and risk. During a major business change it is necessary to analyse your position. Are you better off staying? Thereby taking advantage of any opportunities that may exist. Or, is it time to consider a new role outside of the business? Answer depends on the reason for the change, how often major changes occurs and if the change aligns with your career goals.
Colleagues are leaving
Colleagues provide us support, friendship, and help make our workday worthwhile. A colleague that leaves, can leave us feeling less supported and upset. It can change the feeling of working for a fun business to a feeling that the business does not care.
Some sectors like customer service call centres will see a very high turnover in a very short period. In order to combat this, some call centres will offer ‘perks,’ like more favourable shifts for staff with seniority, opportunities for quick advancement, and good benefits. Nonetheless, high turnover is a warning sign something is not right and worth investigating.
Opportunities don’t seem to exist
In the previous section regarding mergers, layoffs, and redundancies, a business makes cut in order to make itself more viable. This can mean a business that is making itself leaner cuts opportunities. Thereby, creating feelings of isolation and frustration for employees.
Even if the business is not going through a period of major change, it continuously changes. Opportunities exist but you need to either find them or create them. Finding opportunities and then involving yourself is a daunting task that consumes your time.
Questioning if this is the right job for you
You have fallen out of love with your job. Inside of you, you know there are changes. Emotionally you can see the change by the way you respond to people, either by the loss of passion or your attempts to avoid them. Also, you see the changes in the work culture and begin to question if you fit into the culture. At some point, you finally ask the question, is this job is right for you?
There are no easy answers to the question, when is the right time to leave your job? The answer depends on the changes around you and the changes in you. Only you will know when it is time and hopefully this guide will help you answer the question.
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