Most of us are so busy with our work – reports, targets, tasks and activities that we keep moving on in our career journey, but we do not take the time to stop and think if we are in the right job. We are so busy driving that sometimes we do not read the sign boards that are right in front of us. Even when we pause everything and think about it, we are not sure whether it is the right time or whether it is the right decision to change jobs at the moment.
So, how can you be sure? What are the signs that it is time to find a new job? Are there any indicators that can help you make that decision?
In this post, we are going to look at 8 key indicators and signs that will alert you when it is time to start looking out for a new job.
8 Signs That You Need a New Job
Sign #1: Lack of Passion
This is the very first sign! When you wake up every morning and you do not feel enthusiastic about going to office, you need to start asking yourself if it is time to change jobs. Being passionate about what you do can make all the difference to your performance and hence your career growth. If you don’t love the work you do, there is a high possibility that you may not be working to your fullest potential.
Sign #2: Frequently Over-stressed
There is a difference between being under pressure and being stressed. Any great accomplishment in life requires working under pressure. But ‘stress’ is a state where that pressure starts affecting you in a negative way. Some people like working under pressure and they almost enjoy it. That is good. But if the pressure starts impacting your mental and physical health, then it becomes a problem. Usually lack of passion, that we looked at above, combined with situations of pressure leads to stress. When you face tough situations in something that you are not passionate about, it becomes an undesirable challenge and therefore builds stress. So, if you find yourself over-stressed very often, maybe it is time to start thinking about a career change.
Sign #3: Misalignment in Culture
Work should be a natural extension of who you are. There must be an alignment between what you believe and what the company believes. You should feel like you are a part of the system, and you must be comfortable identifying yourself with the organisation. The ethical values, moral values and integrity of the organisation should not be something that is conflicting to your nature. If it is, then it is a sure sign that you may not have a bright future in that organisation. Start preparing your CV.
Sign #4: Lack of a friendly atmosphere
We humans are social beings. That is why there is such growth in social media networks. We love connecting and staying in touch with each other. It is part of who we are. Even in work situations, it is important to develop and maintain friendly relationships with your boss and your colleagues. If not, work life can get monotonous and boring. If the culture and the environment of the organisation is unfriendly or hostile, it might be time to reevaluate if you are in the right job.
Sign #5: Lack of Work-Life balance
Spending time with family and friends is key to overall happiness and success in life. If your work occupies such a huge part of your life that you do not have enough time for your family and friends, then it might not be a healthy option for you in the long run. If your job is structured in a way that affects your work-life balance or if your company has core values that do not give importance to an employee’s personal life, it might be time to start preparing to change jobs.
Sign #6: Lack of Learning
Constant learning and upgradation of your skills is crucial for long-term growth and work satisfaction. So always check if you are learning new things at work. There will be an element of repetitiveness in most jobs and that is fine. But there also needs to be a substantial opportunity to learn new things; the company should provide an environment for learning. Lack of learning can have negative impact on your career. So keep an eye out for this important sign.
Sign #7: Lack of Growth in Responsibility & Compensation
Any good organisation will have a clearly defined growth path for all their employees. As the company grows and expands, there must be enough avenues for everyone to grow along with it. You must have clarity on how you will grow in terms of responsibility and compensation in the days to come. Having a good growth plan will not only motivate you to perform better but it will also give you a sense of confidence and security about your work life. Talk to your manager or superiors and get a better understanding of the growth potential. If you think there is not much room for growth, then it might be a sign that you should start looking for a new job.
Sign #8: Lack of Respect
If you find lack of mutual respect in the place of work, then it is a sure sign that you should move on. Lack of respect can be seen in 2 ways. One is a strong intense expression of lack of respect, for example, verbal or sexual harassment or asking you to get involved in tasks that might be illegal, etc. And the other is the subtle expression of lack of respect, for example, forcing you to work on areas that may not be your strength and where you have a high chance of failure, etc. Any organisation that does not respect you does not deserve your service. So start preparing to move on.
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