10 Signs Your Current Job Isn’t Right for You
Today we have a guest blog post from Rebecca Shinn, who is a freelance writer and relationship expert with a psychology degree. Rebecca started writing 2 years ago to inspire and help people to have a better dating life, healthy relationships, balanced and mindful lifestyle.
Here, she shares her thoughts on the signs to look out for, which might suggest it's time to consider changing your job, or even your career.
10 Warning Signs that it’s Time to Change your Current Job
Is your current job meeting your expectations, or do you find yourself yearning for more? If you think a lot about making a change, it might be time to finally act.
At times your dream or current job looks better on paper. The reality hits you once you sit down at your desk and start working. While many people opt to stick it out, this might not be the best course of action. You end up frustrated, and this feeling boils over to other parts of your life. Admittedly, change is scary, but it’s something you have to do to live your best life.
Below are some signs to look out for, letting you know it’s time to make a change and start checking out the current job market:
1. Negative Mindset
From the moment you wake up and start thinking about work, nothing positive comes up. Your current job brings about negative feelings that put a damper on your life. Additionally, you find yourself wishing to stay away from your computer or find something else to do.
Mostly, negative feelings start being present in your performance and how you show up in your role. Your attitude goes from friendly and helpful to bitter, sarcastic, and resentful.
If that’s the case, now might be the time to re-evaluate your career and make some changes. Find a job that fulfills your needs financially, mentally, and physically.
2. Lack of Passion
Remember the last time you had a creative idea that you presented to your boss at your current job? Passion brings out creativity, and you have very little. You’re not passionate about what you are doing. You find yourself doing your job just to pay your bills and nothing more.
If so, you might find yourself feeling unfulfilled. Find a job type that works in your favour, giving you more room to shine. Doing anything else for a long period of time can start to kill your spirit and your natural talents.
3. Thinking About the Salary
When you get to work, do you keep stating you don't get paid enough? That means the current job is all about the paycheck and nothing else. Change is inevitable if you want to enjoy a job and think of more than the salary.
Most companies prefer employees who don’t keep complaining about salaries and wages. While advocacy for better remuneration is crucial, your work must stand out. If there's very little drive to do that where you are, there’s no room for change in the current job situation.
4. Stagnant Career
When is the last time you got a promotion? Is your career growing or stagnant? If it’s stagnant, you have one of the key reasons for leaving your current job.
Truthfully, a stagnant career is frustrating and does nothing to fulfill your ambitions. All you do is come to work, play your role, and go home. Going through this circle isn’t fulfilling and can even lead to mental health issues. So, commit to finding something else to do for your health and well-being.
Did you know that if your current job isn't a great fit, you tend to oversleep? Nothing about it makes you jump out of bed in the morning. And even if you do, it tends to be out of fear of losing your job, not a driving desire to be there.
As you contemplate why you want to change your current job, think of how you feel every morning. Are you happy to get out of bed or do you really have to push yourself? If you have to really psych yourself out, you might need a change.
6. Lack of Participation
Meetings terrify you to the core at your current job. You prefer remaining at the back and not answering any questions. Such behaviour can sometimes indicate you need a fresh start somewhere else. You might feel more alive if you're working somewhere you really want to participate.
Start by thinking about your strengths and head in that direction. This often leads to no longer having to worry about speaking up or participating in meetings - it comes out naturally, and you notice your talents coming alive at work.
7. Lack of Authenticity
Do you wear a different mask every time you get to work? For instance, you might be an introvert but have to pretend otherwise at your workplace. Not being authentic means your current job might not be playing to your strengths.
Aim to work at a place you can be yourself and feel comfortable letting people know who you are. It can be very tiring pretending to be someone else each day.
8. Poor Health
Start by describing your current job responsibilities in detail and see how they’re affecting your health. Health includes your physical and mental state while at work. Do you feel exhausted and worn out all the time? Do you get ill more than you used to because you're run down?
Admittedly, it’s common for work to be stressful, but it shouldn’t be to the point that it affects your physical and mental health. When this starts to happen, consider making a change before it gets any worse.
9. Toxic Company Culture
Some workplaces are known to foster toxic cultures that end up affecting employees in numerous ways. Such environments can end up ruining your work experience and making it impossible to be productive. Think about how long you should stay in your current job if it has a toxic culture. You might end up doing yourself more harm than good if you opt to stay too long.
10. Current Job Differs from Job Description
As you apply for a certain job, the description is among the first things you view. But, you find yourself doing additional and other tasks that differ from that. For instance, you get a job as a waiter and end up having to perform that role, as well as working as a kitchen steward.
Honestly, that can lead to feelings of resentment and lack of fulfillment. In this case, it’s better to apply somewhere else if there’s no room for current job growth and change. You can bring it up with your boss, but if no change happens, save yourself and consider moving on. You're not there to be taken advantage of.
Your current job is doing more harm than good if you’re always thinking of quitting. It’s better to find something more fulfilling to do. Above are 10 signs that you might need to start considering a change.
Rebecca Shinn is a freelance writer and relationship expert with a psychology degree. Her field of expertise is relationship, dating, and marriage. The important part of Rebecca’s practice is to help people with communication skills, problem-solving skills, stress management, or financial skills.
Rebecca started writing 2 years ago to inspire and help people to have a better dating life, healthy relationships, balanced and mindful lifestyle.
With all said above, Rebecca is proud to be a mother and a wife so she doesn't only use her knowledge for helping others but keeping her family strong and happy.
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