After spending the Christmas break with family and friends, going to BBQs and hanging out at the beach, it’s normal to suffer from the back-to-work blues. However, how can you tell if it’s more than that and if it’s time to look for a new job? When trying to decide whether it’s time to stay or go, I recommend asking yourself the following questions:
Is work affecting your mental or physical wellbeing?
If work makes you feel stressed or anxious or you are continuously getting sick, it could be time to call it quits. A 2015 Harvard Business School research paper declared that illnesses resulting from work-related stressors pose a more significant health threat than diabetes, Alzheimers and influenza.
Are your values still aligned with the organisation’s values?
If you’re not sure what your values are, ask yourself what you value most in life? Is it honesty & integrity, achievement, commitment, relationships etc.? When your values don’t align with the organisation’s, motivation may decrease, and dissatisfaction may increase, leading to resentment. Therefore, you may be better off finding a new organisation whose values align with your own, one where you will feel more productive and committed to achieving greater success.
Is your pay keeping up with market rates?
Not sure how your salary compares with others in your industry? Hays Recruitment Agency, have a Salary Check on their website where you can find out how your salary compares with the highest, typical and lowest salaries for your position.
Are you still being challenged in your role?
If you are no longer being challenged, it can significantly impact your motivation and satisfaction levels. According to Daniel Brown, a psychology lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, for us to thrive, we need “a sense of development, of getting better at something, and succeeding at mastering something.” If you’re not thriving in your career, it may be time to look elsewhere.
Are you being listened to and appreciated in the workplace?
A simple thank you is often all it takes to improve workplace culture, engagement and motivation. Steven Covey, the author of “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” (2004), claims that “Next to physical survival the greatest need of a human being is psychological survival…to be understood, to be affirmed, to be validated, to be appreciated”. If your psychological need for recognition and appreciation is not being met, it may be time to move on.
Do you commonly wake-up on Monday morning with a sense of dread for the upcoming week?
If you suffer from the Monday-blues most weeks, then it’s a sure sign that you are unhappy at work. These negative emotions can affect your performance and productivity at work and extend to other parts of your life. To rectify the situation, make a list of everything that is bothering you in your job and see if you can find a solution(s) to remedy the issues.
Is your relationship with your manager getting you down?
The best approach in handling any conflict is to communicate the issue in a non-confrontational manner. You can do this by starting with a positive, i.e., complimenting something your manager has said or done, then raising your concerns and finally offering a solution to the issue. Remember that your manager has good days and bad days and try to show empathy for their situation. If you have made an effort to remedy the situation and nothing has changed, it may be time to leave.
After taking all of this into account and you decide it’s time to move on then you’ll need to ensure, your CV is up-to-date and stands out from the crowd; reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call on 021 419 770 to chat about how I can help.
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