During such uncertain economic times, it can be tempting to hold on to a job for as long as possible because of the paycheck. From student loans to credit card debt, many of us inadvertently end up becoming beholden to our jobs just for the sake of financial security.
Consequently, this results in many folks clinging on to jobs that they hate day after day, year after year. So if you’re considering a change of scenery, perhaps it would be better if you heard it from the experts themselves i.e. employees who have been employed during the best and the worst times.
In this article, we’ll share with you what employees from all over the world have to say about moving on from a job and how you can recognize whether it’s time you began updating your resume.
- You are in a toxic work environment
It’s believed that most employees will typically spend an average of about 90,000 hours at work over an entire lifetime. This means that you’ll likely spend a third of your life working. A common misconception amongst most folks is that work needs to be a miserable experience, when the opposite is in fact quite possible.
If you enjoy your work and have great colleagues, it’s a pretty decent way to spend 90,000 hours of your life. But if you can’t get along with your colleagues, your work doesn’t mean anything to you and you absolutely despise your boss, then perhaps it’s time for a change.
Toxic work environments are defined as workplaces in which politicking, conflict and abuse are the norm rather than the exception. For example, many fear-driven workplaces often have a toxic work environment in which verbal abuse and temper tantrums from managers are commonplace.
Thus, if you find yourself dreading the prospect of heading to work every day, maybe it’s time that you consider a change.
- You feel miserable at work
The Monday blues are perfectly normal for everyone. However, if unhappiness, depression, anger and frustration are common emotions for you, then chances are your workplace isn’t right for you.
While you may be tempted to bury such feelings, these negative emotions are sure to have a detrimental effect on your work. You’ll find end up questioning yourself and wondering why you even bothered to show up today.
Even worse, some employees end up becoming disillusioned and bitter which causes them to become extremely toxic. So, if you recognize these symptoms, in yourself, perhaps a new job is in order?
- You find that you’re not a good fit
Does the prospect of after work events bother you? Do you find yourself dragging your feet out to lunch with your colleagues every day? Do you find it impossible to work together with our colleagues? Do you feel like a zebra competing in a Kentucky Derby horse race?
If you answered yes, then perhaps you have a problem conforming to your organization’s work culture. Every organization has a different way of doing things, some encourage an aggressive and competitive environment where others are more laid back.
Being unable to fit in with such ways of working can make a person miserable and your inability to network will seriously affect your career prospects on the long-term.
- There are no career prospects
Sometimes as great as a company may be, circumstances can make it impossible for a person to stay on. If you’ve been working in the same role for the past 5 years with no promotion in sight, despite loving the job, you need to start exploring your options.
The lack of career advancement can seriously hamper your professional development which may affect your ability to land another more lucrative role. Hence in such a situation, you’ll be better off moving on to a more competitive organization.
Employees tend to make the mistake of fearing change which is what holds them back from leaving even the worst work environments. While this is perfectly understandable, failing to move out of one’s comfort zone will only hold you back.