When the start of the work week rolls around, how are you feeling about work? Does the idea of fronting up to work leave you with feelings of stress or dread?
While you know that some weeks on the job are easier than others, you may find yourself wondering whether what you’re doing is right or if it’s time to find something else to do. Of course, changing jobs carries its own risks and hassles. So how do you distinguish between when you just need a little time to unwind and when it’s time to start seriously looking for other positions?
Kristine Tuazon, Director at Good People HR shares the signs that could mean it’s time to think about moving on from your current job, and the steps you can take to move toward change for the better.
You dread going to work
It can be easy to relate to an ‘I hate Mondays’ meme, even if you like your job. But this is more than that. If you spend Sundays dreading the week ahead rather than relaxing, or feel dread before every shift, it could be time to look at why, and what you can change.
Try putting aside an hour or two each week to search for the right job for you. This time could be just to explore and read up on roles that interest you, or you could set yourself a goal of applying for one new job each fortnight.
You envy other people’s success
While some periods in our working lives are less satisfying than others, if you see someone earning a living doing what they love and think, ‘Why should they have that, when I don’t?’ It could be a sign that you’re ready to seek something more fulfilling.
See if you can use other people’s success as motivation. When you see someone doing what they love for work, try to learn from them – ask them how they got to be where they are and try to take on some of the strategies that worked for them.
You’ve stopped thinking big
It’s easy for goals or aspirations to take a back seat when you’re busy with work each week. If you’ve completely lost sight of what you want from work or the career goals you had, it could be worth checking in to see if it’s worth making change.
Set aside an hour or two to evaluate where you’re at and think about what you really want from work. Are there any goals you lost track of that you can revisit? Or you could try taking a little leap toward something you’ve always wanted to do?
You’re never challenged
If you’ve been with a company for a long time, you could find yourself doing the same tasks over and over. You might be seen to have a certain skill set, and not really get a chance to go beyond it. It’s great to be recognised for what you’re good at but if you’re being boxed into a corner, it can limit your ability to make progress.
If you miss feeling challenged, you could try speaking with your manager or boss to find out if there are opportunities to add new projects to your workload, change up your tasks or spend some time working in other parts of the business.
You have no work-life balance
Does it feel like you spend every waking minute working, or thinking about work? Do you no longer have time to catch up with friends or do the things you enjoy? It’s important that you’re able to switch off, spend time with friends or family, or just enjoy being who you are outside of work.
See if you can make some tweaks to your working week for better wellbeing – it might involve looking at your breaks, sleep, exercise, or activities you enjoy. Or you might try setting boundaries, like not reading or responding to emails after 6pm.
You don’t feel listened to or appreciated
Do you feel like your work is taken for granted? Do people speak over you? This can be frustrating and leave you feeling disheartened. If you work hard and are committed to your role, you should be treated well and feel like your input is valued.
Try some different ways to get yourself seen and heard. It could be worth sitting down with your manager or boss to let them know you feel your work isn’t being appreciated or that you have ideas you’d like them to see.
You’re reading this article
Perhaps you’re just curious, but if you’ve found your way here, that could be a sign that you’re looking for reasons to make a change.
Sometimes work has downsides, but if these signs are really ringing true for you, it could be worth exploring other options. Taking a leap toward something new can feel overwhelming, but breaking down options, possibilities, and small steps to get there can help you make your next move.
If you feel like it’s time to move on, take stock of your current position, talk to your network, and try to figure out just what you want for your next role. This will help guide your next steps and move you closer to change.
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