It’s normal to get a case of the blues, or to feel frustrated at work, from time to time. However, if you find yourself feeling more stressed than fulfilled, it might be time to move on. Sometimes we’re not even aware that our jobs are making us unhappy until someone else points it out to us. Here are some signs it might be time to move on to another position.
You’re feeling a sense of dread about work
We all wish we could add a little more time to our weekends. However, if Sunday nights are consistently accompanied by feelings of dread, it’s probably time to start looking for another position. If simply thinking about work makes you feel anxious or unhappy, or you have nightmares about your job, move on before work-related stress starts negatively affecting your physical health and personal life as well.
You’re bored and stagnating
If you’re not learning anything new, your work will become predictable and leave you feeling bored. You should be learning and growing at work, and you should feel a sense of passion about what you do. If you don’t feel a desire to advance within the company but you’ve clearly outgrown your position, it’s time to start looking elsewhere.
Your work performance is declining
If you have trouble being productive, even though you have the skills and resources to perform the tasks ahead of you, it might be a sign that you’re not happy in your current position. Conversely, if you’re constantly given assignments that are impossible due to politics or lack of resources, that could be a sign that your boss and colleagues don’t value you.
You’re not being paid enough
If your responsibilities have increased significantly but your pay hasn’t, it’s time to move on. This is especially true if the company is doing well financially, because it means they but don’t value your contributions enough to compensate you appropriately.
You dislike your coworkers, boss, or company culture
If you have ethical or moral disagreements with the way the company operates, you won’t be motivated to contribute to their bottom line and should seek employment elsewhere. It can also be difficult to work with colleagues or managers you don’t get along with - or who actively hurt your career by taking credit for your work or blaming you for things that go wrong.
You’re facing harassment or abuse at work
While you are certainly encouraged to take corrective measures if you experience verbal abuse, sexual harassment, or other unacceptable behaviour, you are not required to stick around to see if things will improve. If you do not feel that you can safely talk to anyone about what you’re going through, it’s definitely time to move on.
The company is not doing well
According to a recent study, 71% of small businesses shut down by their 10th year in operation. If you’re worried about the company’s performance, there’s a chance that you’re right. Even if you like your work, manager, and colleagues, you should get out if you notice the company is experiencing difficulties that it may not recover from.
Everyone deserves to be happy in their work, and the first step is realizing when it’s time to make a change. As Lynn Taylor, author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant; How to Manage Childish Boss Behaviour and Thrive in Your Job says, if you’re not doing what you love, you will never tap your true potential. By staying in a job you don’t love, each day will seem like more of a grind. If any of the signs above ring true for you, it may be time to move on to another position. Just make sure to decide what’s next before you leave, and be gracious when exiting your current role. If you are a finance professional looking to find a new role, please contact us. The team at amge+ would be happy to help guide your path.