Every job, regardless of your professional level, has its highs and lows. That being said, there is such a thing as too many lows. Your professional environment doesn’t always have to be sunshine and rainbows, but you should enjoy it, at least a lot of the time. So how do you know when you’re ready to move on to a new opportunity? Keep reading for help in making that determination.
You’re Constantly Bored
Feeling bored, unmotivated, or otherwise unchallenged while at work is a sign that you might not be working to your full potential – and in the long run, that can have a negative impact on the way you view your job.
At work, you should feel occasionally challenged, or at least that your skills are being put to good use. So when you feel you’re sitting around doing nothing more often than not, it might be time to look into more challenging and exciting opportunities!
You Don’t Feel Valued or Appreciated
Feeling valued at work is more important than many people give it credit for. A workplace doesn’t have to be the most fun or exciting atmosphere, but you do need to feel valued and appreciated while you’re there. Otherwise, what connection do you have to your work?
When your employers rarely showcase appreciation for the work that you do, it can have a negative impact on the way you view your job. Something as simple as recognizing a job well done, or allowing you flexibility with a decent work/life balance can make all the difference, taking a mediocre job to one that you actually enjoy.
So if those facets are missing and you don’t feel that your workplace values you as a person, know that an opportunity is out there with a company that will, and don’t be afraid to start looking.
You See No Potential for Growth
For some people, working towards the next paycheck isn’t enough. If you’re the type of person that enjoys excelling at what they do and is continually working towards a new goal, the potential for growth at the company you are at is all the more important.
However, not all companies articulate that upward trajectory to their staff. If your employers don’t ever talk to you about your future at the company or otherwise give you no visibility into what hard work will get you in terms of internal promotions, you may need to step up and ask.
Employers that value you and your work ethic will most likely make sure to keep you on board, so if you’re just not being enticed with any new opportunities, there might be a chance that you’ve done all you can with your current role in the company and it’s time to seek out other options.
You Don’t Get Along with Your Coworkers
It can’t be stated enough that your workplace has to feel comfortable and inclusive. While your job may not be team oriented, you are still spending time in an office with individuals you’re going to see a minimum of five days a week. So, when you don’t get along with them, it’s a recipe for disaster.
You don’t need to get along with every coworker. In fact, it’s highly unlikely you will. However, if you find that you don’t fit in at your current job and continually feel like the odd one out, you may want to start looking for a job with an atmosphere that better fits your personality.
For many of us, a job is simply a way to make ends meet: a necessary evil. That being said, feeling miserable day in and day out is no way to live life. If you’re feeling deflated more often than not at work, you’re likely ready for a change. Pay attention to these signs and don’t overestimate the power of a positive working atmosphere on your psyche. If it’s time to leave, make that change and don’t look back.