During all of the job layoffs, many people were hesitant to speak up about things they didn’t like at their place of employment. Many employees lived in fear that if they caused even the slightest disturbance, they would be let go. New people, or people that didn’t quite fit in, were almost always the first ones to be laid off, so people stayed at jobs they didn’t like.
Now, things have taken a change for the better. If you really dislike your job, you may now be able to find a job you like. It is important to have another job lined up before you quit, which did not seem possible during the recession. Check out these four signs that tell you when the time is right to seek another job:
1. The Thought Of Work Is Horrible
We all have good and bad days. There are some mornings you wake up and just really wish you did not have to work that day. But this is normal. It is abnormal if you so dislike the idea of going to your job that you worry about it on days you don’t work. If you cannot relax when you are away from work because of worries about what it will be like when you get back, it’s time to move on.
2. You Do Not Share The Same Values With Your Coworkers
Everyone has their own opinions, and has grown up with different morals and values. If you constantly find yourself questioning the ideas and morals of people at work, it could mean you simply don’t belong there. Even if there is nothing going on that is legally or ethically wrong, your place of employment may not uphold the same ideals that you do. If you find yourself struggling with this day in and day out, it may be time to find a different company to work for.
3. Work Does Not Challenge You
Some people have no desire to be challenged by their work. These people are solely there for the paycheck. However, maybe you wish you had something more to challenge your mind. Perhaps you are the type of person that wants to learn and grow. A job that does not provide these types of challenges for you is not a good fit. The economy has stabilized enough that more challenging jobs do exist now, so find a job that challenges and expands your mind.
4. You Frequently Feel Left Out
When you are the only one not laughing at an inside joke, you may be in the wrong place. If you constantly feel left out of the insider’s circle, it is probably because you are working for the wrong people. You need to feel like you are a part of the daily office news and jokes. If you have been at your job for more than a couple months and still feel like they treat you as an outsider, the chances are it won’t get better. Find an organization and fellow coworkers that you can feel a part of.
The social aspect of any job is just as important, or more important, than knowing the technical details of what you are doing. Try to find a job that makes you feel like you are doing something worth your time. Additionally, find a working environment that you fit into.