Signs You Need a New Job
It’s easy to tell when you’re in the right job for you. You wake up rejuvenated and ready to start your day. You’re excited for the possibilities ahead of you. You get along well with your coworkers, and you’re challenged in the best way possible.
That’s the easy part. But when you don’t feel like that, and you don’t love your job, it’s hard to tell whether or not it’s time for you to start looking elsewhere.
It doesn’t have to be hard. We’ve outlined the six signs that you may need a new job.
You dread going to work
It’s normal to wake up on the wrong side of the bed every now and then, but if you find yourself unhappy to go to work every single day, something may be wrong. Make sure to ask yourself if this is happening more often than not, and if it’s been a constant versus just because you’re working on a particularly draining project.
If you’re someone who craves a challenge, the same-old, same-old won’t cut it. We’ve all had jobs that we could do in our sleep, and while they may be easy, they’re not going to help us long term. If the job isn’t mentally stimulating, you’re not going to grow. Growth comes from these challenges.
You don’t see a future
You may be doing everything right, yet you’re still not getting to recognition and promotion you deserve. If there’s no future trajectory for you within a company, it may be time to move on.
The job is affecting your health
Unwinding after a long day of work is common, but look at how you’re unwinding and how long it takes. Ask yourself: Are you complaining about your job to everyone? Are the stresses of your job constantly on the forefront of your mind? Are you dealing with the stresses of your job with unhealthy coping mechanisms? Does your workplace allow you to take mental health days when needed?
Be aware of your answers to these questions, and remember to always put your health first.
The workplace is toxic
A good workplace culture means positive coworkers, encouraging supervisors and a supportive environment. A toxic workplace culture is, well, the exact opposite of that. If there’s a lot of office gossip or your manager doesn’t have your best interest at heart, it may be time to get out of there as soon as you can. The company culture can make or break a job.
You aren’t happy
Be honest and check in with yourself. How do you feel about your job? If overall you just aren’t happy, that should be a telltale sign that it’s time to look for something else.