10 Telling Signs Its Time To Switch Jobs. Leaving your source of income can never be an easy decision to make.
1. No Growth
You used to be given important responsibilities. Perhaps people reported to you and you had a say on major decisions or a significant budget tied to your role. Now, seemingly for no reason, things have changed. You see no opportunity for advancement in your company, no matter how you try to stretch your job description and show your managers what you’re capable of.
2. You Hate Your Job
Remember when you left work excited to get home and tell everyone about what you did? Now things have changed, you dread going to work on Monday. You look forward to weekends but on the weekends, you stress about work and even go into the office to get a few things done before Monday.
3. You’re Watching The Clock
You used to wake up in the morning excited about what you might achieve during the day ahead. You’d even take on extra projects and stay late voluntarily to get extra work done. Now, you’re counting down the hours until you can log off and hit the street. You find yourself tempted to just take on the minimum workload, rather than look for opportunities to stretch yourself or go the extra mile
4. It Stresses You Out
If you find you’re dragging your feet on the commute to work, and are lacking the spring in your step that you once had, then its time for change. Stress can affect your mood and your immune system, making you more susceptible to colds and low moods, and impairing performance; left unchecked, more serious health issues can develop too.
5. You Don’t Share The Same Values
A lack of shared values can be a powerful motivator. Perhaps the company has taken some commercial or strategic decisions that don’t sit well with you. This might be time to start looking around for a new company that you can really believe in.
6. You Feel Invisible
Do you feel that your opinions and contributions sometimes go unacknowledged? You may have been overlooked for a promotion or an important project and you’re finding others get the credit for things you suggested months ago. Perhaps relationships within your team aren’t as cordial or collaborative as they used to be and team members aren’t socializing together anymore.
7. You’ve Grown Out Of Your Current Role
Sometimes it can be hard to accept that a role. However much you like your company, and however well you get on with your co-workers, is just not substantial enough for you anymore. But staying in a role that you’ve grown out of, out of a sense of loyalty or hesitation to change, could become a demotivating experience in the longer term.
8. You Take The Office Home
Bringing work home is essentially the same as always being at work, and no one wants that, except maybe your boss. Not only do you get to have no down time, but in the long run, it lowers your performance on the job because you’ve had no mental respite.
9. Horrible Bosses
Does your boss constantly exercise poor judgement and focus on the wrong parts of the job? Do they not get along with their subordinates? Do they provide inconsistent, nonconstructive or barely existent feedback? Do you spend hours or days on an “urgent” task, only for it to be ignored when your boss comes up with a new “top priority”? Then leaving might be an option.
10. You Feel Left Out
It can’t be nice when you’re being deliberately left out of office-related social functions. If your colleagues head out for drinks after work without inviting you for the umpteenth time, it may be a little concerning. Outings with coworkers allow you to get to know each other in a relaxed setting.