How to assess if you’re stuck and it’s time to move on

The end of the year is typically a time to relax and reflect on your personal life, but it’s also a good time to consider how you’re feeling about your professional life. Louise Rowe, Divisional Manager at Judd Farris, shares her tips on how to tell if you’re feeling stuck in your job and it’s time to move on.

  • You’re unhappy in your role and have that Monday-morning feeling nearly every day. if you have started feeling unhappy – to the point where you’re dreading the alarm clock going off on Monday morning and you have to physically drag yourself out of bed – then you’re probably in need of a change, says Rowe. It might sound obvious, but “at the end of the day, you spend so much of your time at work, you need to reflect on whether the enjoyment is still there.”
  • You feel unchallenged and unmotivated. f you feel your skills aren’t being utilised or that you’re not being trusted with tasks at work, it’s natural to become unmotivated. Lack of ownership or sense of responsibility in your role can leave you feeling dissatisfied and disengaged. That’s why Rowe says it’s important to assess whether you’re being “given autonomy with sound support and guidance when required”.
  • You feel like your work is always the same, or you haven’t had a change in pay, title or tasks for a substantial amount of time. “While there can be a belief that you should move employers every three to five years, what you should more commonly evaluate is if your current company offers the opportunities and challenges you require,” says Rowe. If you have been angling – or even asking – for an increase in responsibility or pay and it’s not coming, it might be time for you to take the reins and make the change yourself.
  • Your boss appears uninterested in helping you grow or further your career. your employer provides an encouraging environment and helps you achieve and expand your skill set. To assess whether this is the case, Rowe recommends considering: “Do you have regular performance appraisals, and is your voice heard during this time to help you to get where you’re going? Does your current employer support further training and development? Do they invest in their staff and focus on their well-being?” “your manager and team around you all play an important part,” says Rowe.
  • You feel your thoughts and contributions aren’t valued. If you work hard and get good results but find your efforts are repeatedly overlooked, there’s a high chance you’ll end up feeling alienated and dejected. Rowe says recognition “could be through a promotion and getting a pay rise in line with your performance and additional responsibilities, a company award or present or just a simple ‘thank you’ to help you strive further forward.” Regardless, it’s important and you shouldn’t be missing out.

If the above sounds familiar to you, it might be time to start making a plan of action to move into a role that rewards you, in all senses of the word. You could start by reflecting on what you have achieved in the past 12 months, what skills you have developed or are developing, and how you want to utilise them.

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