12 signs you need a new job
posted over 5 years ago
posted over 5 years ago
12 signs you need a new job!
1. You are reading this blog. If you have mentally tick off most of these points, then you need a career change. Conversely, if you do like your boss, colleagues, and the organisation, then you need to make time to speak with your boss and discuss what changes you can make to re-engage and motivate you for the year ahead. Finding a job that will truly make you happy and enable you to achieve your professional and personal goals is life changing and will make everything in life seem a little brighter.
2. You are already thinking about finding a new job. Barring the occasional, bad-day-induced, "I need a new job, now!" if you've already been mulling over the thought of leaving your job, chances are, that rumination is happening for a good reason. If your dislike for your job, your co-workers, or your boss is constantly on your mind, you should take that as a sign that it's time to start job searching.
3. Your conversations with your family and friends become dominated by complaints and laments about your workday. If every dinner conversation starts and ends with a negative commentary about your day at work, it might be time to find a job that will incite not complaints but instead productive discussion about your professional challenges, lessons learned, and the day's highlights.
4. Your sleep patterns have been disrupted. You have difficulty getting to sleep, or you wake up during the night with worries about your job. Sleep is very important to your health, and job-induced stress can be a cause of poor sleep. Unfortunately, this can exacerbate a difficult situation, making a bad job seem even worse. Being tired all the time can make everything seem like a challenge.
5. You have increased your consumption of alcohol or drugs to escape your problems. While it's okay to relax with a glass of wine after work, your day shouldn't be driving you to down a bottle or pour glass after glass of vodka tonic. If you find that your work is causing your copious consumption of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes, you should take some time to reflect on your professional situation.
6. You are less productive at work, lack passion, and are bored more often. If you're checking Facebook every ten minutes, playing around with Pinterest, constantly find yourself on YouTube, or are bored with every task, you might need to look for a more mentally stimulating job.
7. Your appetite is suppressed, or you are eating more than usual. Some people turn to food in the same way they do to drugs and alcohol, but stress can also cause you to lose your appetite overall. If you’re eating or drinking too much because of stress at work, it’s a sign that this may not be the job for you.
8. Procrastination Is Your Middle Name. You are the last in, and the first out. And from the minute you get to work, you are looking for any excuse to avoid doing work. Making Tea. Cleaning up. Going to the toilet. Talking to your colleagues. Colour coding your stationary. Offering to do the most menial tasks. Taking ‘urgent’ personal calls. And on the off chance you are not procrastinating, you are staring at the clock, counting down the hours.
9. Increased Sick Days. You are taking full advantage of your sick days… and some. And when you are at work you’re tired. You are also the first to catch any illness that goes around in the office (willingly). If the thought of work is making you sick, don’t see a doctor for another medical certificate… see a recruiter!
10. You Look Homeless. If you no longer take pride in your professional appearance as you once did – don’t iron your clothes, brush, or wash your hair, and find yourself reaching for the clothes you wear to the supermarket on the weekend - then it might be time for an image makeover, and a fresh start.
11. Nothing Excites You… Even a Pay rise. If you were given a $5,000 pay rise and would still hate your job (in fact you would be likely to whinge that you now have to pay more tax)… it’s time to move on. If your colleagues are excited by the work they do or simply excited to be a part of the organisation, don’t kill it for them.
12. You Are Under-performing. Under-performance is demotivating in any case. But if you are not achieving your objectives and are not motivated to do so, then stop wasting your boss’s time trying to motivate you to do your job. Move on.
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