“A lot of us have bad days, don’t like our jobs sometimes, and have frustrations with our managers and colleagues, but does that mean you should actually quit is another level of question,” said Amy Gallo, Workplace Expert and Contributing Editor at Harvard Business Review.
Assessing how long it’s been since issues have been at work and identifying what you’re unhappy with can help determine if you’re stuck in a rut or it’s time to move on.
And don’t lose sight of the big picture: “During the pandemic, things were very intense. We all felt a lot of burnout. We had a lot of stressors in our lives,” said Gallo . “Is it possible that all of this influences your perception of your work?” “
Once you have the list, determine if the issues can be resolved and begin describing potential solutions to improve your job satisfaction. If that doesn’t seem possible, you can start looking for another job.
Here are some signs that might signal it’s time to find a new role:
You feel like you’ve capped
It’s hard to stay motivated and productive at work if you feel there’s no room for advancement.
Feeling that you have reached a plateau may seem different to each individual. For example, it could mean a lack of promotions and salary increases, uninteresting assignments or a lack of learning new skills.
Long-term broken promises from your boss, like a new job, additional training, or staff, can also be exhausting.
“If you don’t feel like breakthroughs or transparency or communication and connection with your boss is there to have a fruitful conversation, that can be a red flag,” said Anna Bray, executive and career coach. To Jody Michael Associates.
There are major issues with your boss
There will be times when you and your boss disagree, but when the issues go beyond the occasional disagreement and there is a lack of trust and support, it can stifle productivity and progress. careers.
“When you feel like you have to constantly watch what you are saying … when you feel like you are constantly being reprimanded or evaluated, feeling like you are constantly under a microscope and when you feel like your manager doesn’t have your back, there’s no trust there – when these three things are present, it won’t work, ”said Foram Sheth, director of coaching and co-founder of coaching firm Ama La Vida.
Gallo suggested assessing whether your bad boss is an isolated issue or part of a larger cultural issue.
“Any intimidating or toxic behavior, I think those are real signs,” Gallo said. “Look around in the organization and say, ‘Are there better bosses here? “Your boss may act in agreement with the organization.”
You perpetually procrastinate
We’re all putting it off, but if you’re constantly waiting until the last minute to complete work tasks when you used to plan appropriately, it could be a signal that it’s time to move on.
“When you procrastinate you tend to be responsive and wait until the very last minute and then the quality of the work just becomes a checklist just to do it,” Sheth said. “Compared to” I do this because I’m proud of it … I care about the results. Now the change is, “I have to do just enough so I won’t get into trouble.” ”
There is a cultural disconnect
Your business culture plays a role in your engagement, productivity, and happiness, so any disconnection can create problems.
For example, if work-life balance is important to you and there is a constant deluge of emails from your boss at all times of the day, it can contribute to burnout.
Sheth said workers should feel supported and safe on the job. How companies responded to the needs of workers during the pandemic played a role in people’s decision to quit their jobs, she added..
“If your business hasn’t provided you with that support system, that’s why people are leaving.”
You notice other potential opportunities
When you feel dissatisfied with your current job, you start to notice other opportunities more frequently.
“All of a sudden you start to notice job opportunities on LinkedIn and you slow down and look at them – your focus has changed,” Sheth said.
She suggested asking yourself: if you were unemployed and your current job was offered to you as is, would you take it or keep looking?
Your attitude has changed
Take note if there has been an increase in your eyes roll, your heavy sighs and grunts at work.
“If you find yourself over and over again for months just being dissatisfied with different aspects of your job, being unhappy about going to work, sitting in front of your computer and thinking” ugh, I can’t believe I’m gotta do that, “that’s a sign you might need to look at what’s out there,” Gallo said.
While you’re not supposed to be happy at work all the time, Sheth said being always defensive and providing quick, transactional-type responses that are brief and provide limited information can also be warning signs.
Changes in your attitude and approach to work may indicate it’s time to rethink things.
“You don’t go to work the same way… maybe you call in sick and just don’t show up to meetings you attended before,” Bray said.