Life unfolds in increments, a little at a time. Some people probably pick out a dream job and then work tirelessly toward that goal until they get it. The rest of us have been pretty much winging it since high school, and here we are.
But don’t let life’s improvisational nature leave you in a bad situation. If you’ve found yourself in a job you hate, you need to do something to make a change. A high-stress, low-reward environment can waste years of your career, undermining your health and draining your spirit.
When you’re in the situation, though, it isn’t always obvious. Like how you sometimes can’t see a bad relationship until after you break up, you’re often so involved in the day-to-day routine of your lousy job you don’t even notice that your terrible work environment is the reason you’re so unhappy.
So, how can you tell if you’re in the wrong job? Here’s five tell-tale signs:
You Dread Going to Work
Is the ringing of the your alarm your least favorite sound? Does Sunday night feel like a death row-style countdown? Does every weekday morning come with mounting anxiety and angst?
You probably don’t need to be told that answering “yes” to those questions suggests a job search might be in your future. You need go to work every day. It shouldn’t feel like a punishment.
You Do Whatever It Takes NOT to Work
Avoiding work can take many forms, from tiny procrastinations to playing hooky. It can take the form of long lunches, or too much time on Facebook. It might also manifest as skipping work altogether – coming in early, leaving late or taking all the sick time you can get.
Your career should inspire and excite you. If you are purposely avoiding it to do other things, it probably isn’t the career for you.
Bad Relationship With Boss or Co-Workers
Does getting ready for a meeting feel like you’re girding up for war? Probably a bad sign…
A good team encourages discussion in order to improve results. But that shouldn’t involve open conflict or hurt feelings. Also, work shouldn’t feel like you’re back in junior high, with cliques and bullying contributing to a general vibe of social anxiety. If it does, time to move on.
The Only Thing You Like Is the Money
Work shouldn’t be, well, work. At least, not completely.
Maybe you wouldn’t still come into work if you won the lottery. But you’re sacrificing most of your waking life to your job. It should represent more than a flat trade of time for money. You should get enjoyment, or at least engagement, out of your day as well.
You Don’t Even Like the Money That Much
You can forgive a lot about a job if the money is good. You grit your teeth and clench your fists and make it to the next paycheck, that way you can fund the hobbies and family time you enjoy. Fair enough.
But if you aren’t even getting that much out of a job, then it’s time to look for something else.
So, how do you break out of your rut? How can you switch tracks to a better career that’s both fulfilling and financially rewarding?
LaborMAX can help. Partnering with a good recruiting firm can make the transition quick and painless. Contact LaborMAX today to find out more.