When Is It Time To Move On From Your Job?
Are you miserable at your current workplace? Do you feel unappreciated?
Too many people get comfortable with their jobs and become fearful of change. Unfortunately, some companies see this as a sign of loyalty. So, how can you tell when it’s time to move on?
How do these 12 signs fit your current situation?
1 – Your boss doesn’t offer any support, guidance, or feedback
If your boss doesn’t take the time to offer any feedback, guidance, or support you as you work toward achieving your goals, it can be seriously detrimental to your career.
If your boss seems primarily concerned with the tactical aspects of your job and project completion — and less so with whether you’re advancing your skills or being challenged by your work — they probably don’t care about your success.
Yes, he or she may just be a bad boss, but if you see that they do positive things with your coworkers, but not you, it’s a bad sign.
2 – You’re not compensated fairly
This is one of the most tangible signs.
An employer that’s not concerned about what you can offer won’t compensate you properly or fairly. Even if you request a performance evaluation, you may be told it’s not necessary, or just ask any questions you may have. The suggestion may even arise that you take a pay cut.
Monetary signs like this can be blatant red flags that you should start job searching, or you can hurt your long-term career advancement, not to mention experience much distress, she says.
3 -They never ask you for input or ideas
If your boss or employer doesn’t care about your ideas or opinions, they probably don’t care much about you.
Your calls for help or resources are ignored. And you end up taking more of the workload to satisfy the clients.
A company that doesn’t care about your well-being will largely ignore your requests for assistance or tools you need to deliver the best results. Some bosses make it difficult by making false promises, or dragging out the process to truly address your needs.
4 – There’s a lack of inherent trust
For example, if your boss is more concerned about getting a doctor’s note to justify your absence from work rather than asking about your health and what they can do for you, this obviously reveals concern for you only as a commodity.
5 – Your boss bullies you
When they use bullying tactics or give you ultimatums, you may have a problem on your hands. Any threatening or intimidation style of behavior that is dismissive of your emotions and reactions means they really don’t care about you as a human being.
6 – They don’t include you in any decisions
It’s an especially bad sign when your boss is making decisions regarding your career or workload without first consulting you, Kerr says.
7 – It’s hard to know where you stand
At companies that are political or more concerned with the bottom line, you will languish in a state of the unknown. You can’t get prompt answers. Employers may either be complacent, expecting your long-term loyalty, or they may be on the fence as to whether to keep you on the team. The circumstances may be related to cost savings, politics, market trends, or other factors.
8 – That’s okay, you don’t have to thank me.
Human beings run on food, water and sleep, but we also need to hear occasionally that we’ve done something right (especially when we know we’ve worked miracles on the job). If the leaders at your workplace throw compliments around like manhole covers, the energy is broken and you’re wasting your time.
None of us expects to be overwhelmed with praise, but people who are stingy with positive feedback (or even personal thanks, when you’ve saved your CEO’s ass for example) are not people who want to see you blossom. Move on.
8 – Something does not compute.
Ever since the recession hit five years ago, certain opportunistic organizations have taken the position that even if the firm is making money, salary increases will be small or nonexistent. That’s ridiculous, because if the company is making money, the employees should see it in their paychecks eventually.
If you know your employer has had a great year and your own salary level lags, bring up the topic of a pay adjustment. If you already know what the answer will be such that your gut says “Don’t bother,” you can easily update your resume this weekend.
9 – You’re in the Personal Growth Desert.
Not all of us are up for constant challenge and experimentation, but even fewer people are comfortable on the other end of the personal-growth bell curve, desiring nothing in the way of personal development. If your job is turning your brain to jelly and has you feeling stuck or sliding backward, then they can’t pay you enough to compensate for the damage they’re inflicting.
This new-millennium workplace is all about your portable marketability. No one will sympathize with you on your next job hunt if you say “It’s not my fault I’ve stagnated – my last boss didn’t give me any room to grow.”
Your development is your responsibility now. If your current job doesn’t give you the learning experiences you need, there are plenty of other employers to choose from.
10 – Boss creates negative energy throughout staff
May bosses do not realize that employees talk. Especially when there’s negative factors involved. Pinning employees against each other only creates distrust. Unfortunately, some bosses actually feel this is an effective tool to increase production.
11 – Boss has given up
This is a huge problem with small companies. The boss becomes frustrated and starts spreading the fear of the company closing. This is a big sign that it’s time to start looking for something better.
12. Your body says “Go.”
Your body is the final judge. If you’re waking up with an aching jaw the way I was or you start to get pains and can’t sleep, there’s your answer: it’s time for you to bail. Don’t let the fear of trying something new keep you stuck in an unhealthy situation. Life is all about learning, and the sooner you put your Stealth Job Search toe in the water, the happier you’ll be.
At the end of it all, it is up to you to create change. If you are miserable at your job, everyone will know it. Especially your customers or clients.