Most of us have fantasised about leaving our jobs at some point in our careers. Our fantasies may range from the outlandish – like quitting a job in IT to become a professional falconer – to the practical, like getting a job that pays better.
Whatever our aspirations, we’re not alone. LinkedIn reported that whilst 25% of its 313 million members were actively looking for a job, 60% were ‘passive’ jobseekers – people who are not necessarily looking for a job, but would move if the right offer came along.
Despite this, many of us feel comfortable in the routine of a familiar job, and fear change and uncertainty. Staying in a job we're unsatisfied with seems preferable to facing the big, scary unknown.
It can sometimes be difficult to leave a job, even if we find it dull and uninspiring. If you’re having trouble deciding whether it’s time to find a new job, look out for these seven signs:
You’re not learning or being challenged
Research shows that learning is a core need for our psychological wellbeing. In other words, learning makes us happier.
You might not learn something new every day in your job, but it should provide opportunities for you to improve your skills and develop new ones.
If this isn’t the case, it may be time to move on. A job shouldn’t just be about what you can do for the company; you should get something out of it too.
You’ve been passed over for a promotion
You’ve been putting in long hours and going the extra mile at every opportunity with your eye on a long-hoped-for promotion. Then your boss gives the position to someone else.
If this has happened to you, your inevitable disappointment may lead to bitterness that could, if left unaddressed, become unbearable.
First off, try talking to your boss about how you feel. If this doesn’t make things any better, it may be worth exploring opportunities elsewhere.
You hate your boss
Unfortunately, some managers aren’t great to work with. They may have poor judgement, offer little or no support – or they might just be plain unpleasant.
Work can be hell if you don’t get along with your boss, and ineffective management may make it difficult for you to do your job.
If you find yourself daydreaming about strangling your manager, it might be time to consider a new job.
You feel undervalued
No matter how happy you are with your salary and promotion prospects, if you don’t feel appreciated, you won’t enjoy your job.
If you feel like your hard work is going unnoticed, you’ll be less likely to bother putting the effort in. This could lead to a vicious cycle in which you become less and less productive, and are consequently valued less and less.
This isn’t an ideal situation for you or your employer. Perhaps it’s time to move on.
You’re having difficulty separating your work and personal life
Most of us occasionally stay late at the office, take a bit of work home or check our emails over the weekend. But if this is starting to become the norm, it may be time to reconsider your options.
You might feel like putting in all those extra hours means you’re doing a better job. But if you don’t have any down-time, you risk causing yourself extra stress and eventually burning out.
If your job doesn’t inspire you to use your full potential, you risk stagnating. This doesn’t only harm the company you work for; eventually it will affect your employability too.
A job that challenges you, engages you and motivates you to perform at your best will make you feel happier in the long run.
You’re only in it for the money
Financial gain is undoubtedly a driving factor in many people’s career choices – but it shouldn’t become the be-all and end-all.
Staying in a job just for the money is unrewarding at best, and soul-destroying at worst. Beyond earning enough to be financially comfortable, you’re more likely to gain satisfaction from a job you enjoy than from having the extra cash.
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