Everyone has bad days at work but if you are consistently unhappy in your job, it might be time to take a closer look. Here are five indications that you need to make a career move:
You HATE being there. Do you feel a sense of dread when you have to go to work? Do you spend a lot of time watching the clock, just waiting for it to be over? If you are feeling this tension for the entire time you are at work, it is not healthy for you. You either need to change the way that you approach your work or you need to find a new job. The first step is to identify what you dislike about your job and to see if there is any way that you can improve your situation. If it's clear that nothing can be significantly changed, you might need to move on.
It is impacting your health. If you are chronically stressed at work, it won't be long before it starts to affect your health. Have you been having trouble sleeping? Have you been experiencing headaches or digestive problems? Do you find yourself consuming more caffeine, alcohol, or other substances? Do you have a constant feeling of tension in your body? Stress causes all kinds of problems to your health. Try stress management techniques such as meditation, mindfulness and exercise. However, if there is a real problem at work, you do need to address it.
The workplace is toxic. A toxic workplace is an environment that is harmful to your health and wellbeing. A workplace can be toxic for a variety of reasons: the staff are treated poorly; staff members are encouraged to compete against each other; there is a strong focus on meeting targets at the cost of everything else; your managers or coworkers are bullies; or there is no concern for work-life balance. Before you give up on your job, make sure that you talk to your manager to see if anything can be improved. It is possible that your manager is unaware of the issues.
There is something else that you'd rather be doing. Perhaps your job is not particularly terrible but your heart is just not into it. If there is something else that you would rather be doing, then you should find a way to do it. Develop your skills, build your network and transition into a career that is more meaningful to you.
Your career has stagnated. There comes a point where you hit a ceiling in your job; there's just nowhere else for you to go! You need to start thinking about your next step in your career. It's not necessary for you to start sending out resumes but if you have an idea of what type of job you would like to pursue next, you can start working on getting relevant experiences and developing your skills.
Usually you can tell by the feeling in the pit of your stomach that it's time to move on. If you are truly unhappy, you are not doing yourself or your employer any favours by sticking around. Employers want to have employees who are enthusiastic about their jobs and you deserve to be in a job that makes you feel fulfilled. Life is too short to be wishing your days away.
(Written by Karen Bivand, Image Courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)