Lioness Recruitment identify ten tell-tale signs that will help you recognise if it’s time to leave your current job and move on to pastures new.
Everybody has the odd bad day at work and it’s normal to feel bored or frustrated every now and again. There’s nothing wrong with occasional blips, unless of course you find that it starts to happen regularly and every other day seems to be horrendous. If you recognise too many of the signs below then it’s time to seriously think about finding a new role.
It’s a definite red flag if you’re no longer feeling engaged at work and spend the day clock watching. Most jobs can be a bit monotonous but if your role is no longer challenging and every day is the same then you need to think about leaving.
2. Dreading Mondays
Hardly anybody loves Mondays and there’s nothing unusual about feeling a bit down when it arrives. However, there is a problem when the Monday Blues start the night before. If you're in the right role, you shouldn’t find yourself dreading work or feeling anxious about it on Sunday evenings.
3. Lack of training and investment
It’s important to keep learning new things at work and to feel that management are investing in you and your future. People need to progress and move forward in a role otherwise it becomes stagnant and they will feel undervalued. You have a serious problem if you haven’t been given your own personal development plan and there are no signs of meaningful training happening in the near future. It might be worth looking elsewhere to see what other opportunities are available to you.
4. Bigger role, same salary
Some organisations take advantage. Employment is a business contract, and you should be paid for the work you do. If your manager has given you extra tasks and more responsibility, then you should have been rewarded with a reasonable salary increase. If your workload has grown and grown but your salary remains the same, it’s time to stop being a doormat and move to a company that rewards you fairly.
5. Lack of recognition
Recognition comes in many forms such as pay increases or bonuses, being given the opportunity to learn new skills or take on fresh responsibilities, genuinely being asked for advice or expertise or just generally feeling like a valued employee. If you feel ignored, unappreciated, or like you’ve been written off by your employer, then it might be time to find a company where they’d be pleased to have you.
6. No work-life balance
Even if you enjoy your job it’s still important to have a work-life balance that suits you. If you’re regularly working extra hours because your workload is unmanageable, or your boss expects you to work in your own time then it’s time to rebalance things and put yourself and your health first.