We have all probably had a job that we hated going to everyday. But how do you know when it’s time to look for something else? Here are 5 signs it may be time to for a change.
Your Values Don’t Align – When the company’s culture doesn’t align with your values, it’s definitely time to leave. For example, if you know that you enjoy empowering people to solve their own challenges, but the organization you work for believes in coddling, more than likely, the relationship won’t last. If you conduct thorough research and ask the right questions during the interview process, you should be able to gain a good idea of what the culture is like. Don’t take a job just because the salary is good or other built-in perks. Despite the many benefits, if your values don’t align with the job, the honeymoon won’t last very long.
Constant Layoffs – You may like your job, however, constant layoffs can be a sign of the overall demise of the company. Some companies have successfully managed to downsize and eventually see growth again. Nevertheless, when the people you have grown with suddenly start getting laid off, it can be depressing. And unfortunately, most companies don’t bother to give a head’s up to their employees on upcoming layoffs. Usually people head to work like any normal day, only to be pulled aside with the upsetting news. Eliminating jobs unexpectedly is rude if you ask me. Especially since the company executives know well in advance layoffs are coming. No one in goes to work one day and says “we need to save money, let’s get rid of some people today”. Leadership knows months in advance about the approaching changes, and if they don’t then that’s an even bigger issue. Be diligent and pay close attention when finances are being discussed. If you start hearing about declines in revenue (that lasts for a prolonged period of time), it might be time to start looking to use your talents elsewhere.
Your Opinion Isn’t Valued – People are more invested in their jobs when they feel like they have a say in the planning and direction. When you communicate sensible strategies for making things better but no one in leadership cares to listen to your opinion, it can get frustrating. Some companies take the top-down approach as it relates to leadership. They believe that the company leaders and executives should be responsible for the direction of the business and everyone else should fall in-line to carry out their mission and vision (with little to no input at all). If you are not involved in strategic planning, and your opinion isn’t valued when it comes to the things you deal with on a regular basis, start looking elsewhere. While organizations won’t accept every suggestion, you deserve to work somewhere that will take your thoughts into consideration and see you as a valuable part of the team.
Your Concerns Aren’t heard – Sometimes all you want is to be heard. You just want someone to stop quoting policy and acknowledge your feelings. Even if they don’t have an immediate answer to your problems, it helps to know that they understand. Unhealthy communication is horrible in any relationship. Many managers, when faced with an employee who has reasonable concerns, try to avoid conversations they feel are difficult or simply hide behind policy.
You’re Overworked – If there is too much work and not enough time to complete it (in a typical work day), that can make for a very stressful environment. Stress impacts your health in a negative way. If you have talked to your manager about the workload and nothing has been done, then it’s time to let someone else deal with the problem.
Unfortunately, many of the issues that were discussed above cannot be addressed. If you hold different values than the company or there are constant layoffs. No meeting will cure your concerns. It’s time to move on for a new opportunity.
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