Undervalued and underpaid? It might be time to change that…
If you’re not feeling appreciated at work, deciding to take the plunge and make a new start might feel like an easy decision. But it’s not just the size of your pay packet that can leave you feeling unloved. You might have lost the passion for your position, without even knowing it.
To help you uncover your own career happiness, here are eight signs it might be time to move on:
Maybe you’ve stopped being challenged. Or maybe your role has changed over time. Maybe you’re just so used to doing the job that the autopilot approach is all you know.
Whatever the reason you’ve lost that loving feeling, it doesn’t really matter. Being bored or unchallenged by your job is a key sign that things aren’t right.
You may think you’re content sitting on social media or silently staring out of the window for eight hours a day, but trust us. If your day is filled with ever more ingenious ways to waste time, walking away may be the only option.
You’re constantly complaining
To your colleagues. To your friends. To that poor person in the street that made the mistake of stopping you to ask for directions, and is now frantically searching for an exit to the conversation as you’ve lost yourself in another tirade about Carol from accounts.
Everyone’s entitled to a bit of a grumble once in a while. But if you’re venting your frustrations so much that you’ve started punctuating your sentences with #RantOver/people have started avoiding you in the kitchenette, it’s probably not a good sign.
You’re looking around
Wish you were somewhere else?
There’s nothing wrong with seeing what else is out there. In fact, it can be a great way to make sure you know what you’re worth in the current market. The only problem is when you’re spending every available minute searching for a new start that any new role seems appealing.
If you’re seriously thinking about moving on, sometimes the only way to make a fresh start is to pluck up enough courage to take the plunge.
You think you’re developing an allergy to the office
How long have you had that cough? Five, maybe six minutes? Certainly enough time to warrant a spell away from work.
However, there are only so many sickness days you can take before you realise the real root of the problem: you just don’t want to be there.
Or, even worse than a psychological case of the shivers, the job might actually be making you ill. If that’s the case, resigning might be your only viable option.
Because no job is worth risking your health or happiness for.
You’re comfort eating
For some people, the best thing to do when they’re unfulfilled is fill their plate.
In moderation, this tactic works fine. Unfortunately, it’s far from a sustainable option. There’s nothing wrong with a spot of elevenses, but Lunch 1, 2 & 3 are probably an indication that you’re unhappier than you’re like to admit.
Step away from the snacks – it’s for your own good.
You’re being left out
It’s Thursday again. You hate Thursdays.
That’s because in your office Thursday can only mean one thing: karaoke night. The karaoke night you’ve never officially been invited to. Even though it’s quite clearly on your way home. You don’t even like Karaoke. But it isn’t about the karaoke anymore. No, this is personal.
Being left out never feels fun. It might be an indication that you don’t fit the company culture. You might just work with jerks. Who knows? Whatever the reason, don’t choose to suffer in silence.
You can’t switch off
Wake up. Go to work. Get home. Do a little more work. Go to sleep. Do some more work. Repeat.
Hard work and dedication are great, but some roles take things a little too far. Being overworked can lead to stress, a poor work/life balance or worse. So if working nine till five seems like a luxury to you, reassess the real reasons why you can’t switch off
You don’t love Mondays
Because, let’s face it, if you’re working for the weekend, you’re doing it wrong.
Honourable mentions: You can’t stand your boss, you can’t stand your colleagues, you can’t remember the last time you did anything meaningful, all of the above.