We all like to think we are in our dream job, but what happens when you start to feel differently? You lose your passion, things don’t seem the same as they were, you look around and see the number of colleagues you were once surrounded with has suddenly depleted. You need to think about what is making you stay, and whether there are signs that you should be thinking of moving on.
‘But I don’t know what to look for!’ you’re probably thinking, but that is why we are here to help. Here we have listed some of the most common signs that you are in the wrong job, and should maybe think about looking elsewhere.
You’ve thought multiple times about quitting
This may seem like the most obvious one, but it is a sign that is often brushed off and ignored. Having a bit of a wobble every now and then after a particularly bad week is normal – we would struggle to find anyone who hasn’t vowed to hand in their notice on a Sunday night, at the thought of going back on Monday morning and doing it all again. But then they do, and it is fine, and the thought of quitting is buried amongst office banter and mid-week trips to the pub. However, if you have consistently bad weeks, think regularly about quitting and have spoken to family/friends about leaving, maybe you should listen to yourself, and have a look at other options.
This is not the role you signed up for
Everyone has those bits of a job that they don’t enjoy; small tasks that take up a chunk of the day and aren’t really what you want to be spending your time on. If, however, you are spending an increasing amount of time on tasks that were not outlined in your initial job description, or have not been specifically allocated to you after a conversation about the additional duties, then you have been mis-sold the role. This could just be a sign of a company transitioning, and people having to temporarily taking on tasks outside of their remit, but it could also be the sign of a company that is both disorganised and understaffed.
More and more people seem to disappear
If you have looked up from your computer one day, and noticed that the once 20-strong team is now down to 5 members, it may be time to think of joining them, and look for something else. A company’s ability to retain their staff is vital, and high staff turnover could be a sign of a struggling company or a toxic environment. While future businesses will appreciate loyalty, if being taken down with a sinking ship is going to jeopardise your future prospects, it is best to get off while you can.
Training has been sub-par
Whether you have been in a role for a while, or are relatively new, training is a integral part of succeeding in a job. Even the most skilled employee needs some time to be taught the specific ways a company works; after all, although some may be similar, all companies have different ways of doing things. Nobody can be expected to fly high when they have not been given the tools to do so. If you join a company and are left to your own devices from the get-go, you may need to rethink if this is the place for you.
Positivity is lacking
A place of work is somewhere you will spend a large portion of your waking day, often five days a week, for the foreseeable future. Some people spend more time with their co-workers than with their friends or partners. For these reasons, your place of work must be somewhere full of positivity, where people want to succeed, celebrate the wins and rally around the losses. It is becoming more and more common for people to focus on a culture fit when choosing where to work, so there is no reason to settle for somewhere where tensions are high and anger or toxicity surrounds the staff. For your own health and wellbeing, you deserve better.
Change is rife
HR departments are in place to ensure that companies run smoothly, have the most up-to-date knowledge on employment law, and to ensure that the company is compliant. This will come with various changes from time-to-time, however these changes should benefit the company and, overall, be for the better. However, if you find that rules constantly change, plans are made and then cancelled at the last minute, seating plans are regularly rearranged or benefits are promised and taken away, it’s probably time to go. If a company doesn’t value the time it takes for staff to adjust to changes, without thinking of the staff with each revision , it is clear that they don’t value the talent they have.
If you have read this and thought ‘oh no…this sounds like me!’, don’t panic! Get in touch with our team of recruitment professionals, we will be happy to help you find a role where your time and talent is valued.
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