Most people hate change. Resistance to change is not a learned habit but a very natural one. If you don’t believe me, recollect the instances you tried to change your child’s habit. We cling to our existing jobs to the maximum extent possible and we usually find (mostly illogical) reasons to avoid a career change. However, it’s easier for you to convince yourself, if you have solid reasons for change. Here are a few signs which indicate that it’s time to look for new challenges.
Most of Your Communication with Colleagues Involve Complaints About Work:
When you were fresh and enthusiastic, you used to discuss your work with your colleagues and used to learn from them. You enjoyed discussing the work you do. Nowadays you rarely talk to them about work. If at all you do, it’s the complaints about your boss, customer or working hours.
People Joined After You are Promoted Past You:
Your juniors have become your seniors. In this case, either you are not performing well (mostly because you don’t like what you are doing) or your efforts are not being appreciated. In either case, it’s time for a change.
You Haven’t Learned Anything New For Quite Some Time:
Learning new things keeps you fresh and enthusiastic. It also helps you grow. Even if you are in excellent position in your company, if you are not learning anything new at all, maybe you should look for a change.
You Haven’t been Appreciated For Your Work For a Long Time:
If you are not being appreciated, probably you are bored with your job and is doing nothing more than what is really necessary. Probably a change will throw up more challenges before you which will make you more productive and happy.
You Don’t Like Your Boss’s Work Profile:
It’s very likely that you will get promoted to your boss’s position or a similar one someday. If you hate the work he is doing, you have no future in your organization.
You Spend the Sundays Dreading the Monday Morning:
There definitely was a time you were looking forward your next day in the office. Instead, if you are spending the weekend worrying about the next working day, indications are very clear.
You Are Doing The Same Job for the Same Salary for a Long Time:
Your growth has become stagnant, both money wise and work wise. Even one out of these are a great reason to change job.
You Are Ready to Use Any Excuse to Get A Day Off:
It’s estimated that most people call sick to take a day off are really not sick. A good number of them take off just because they don’t feel like coming to work. Constant excuses to get a day off is a clear signal to start exploring fresh job options.
You Are Facing Constant Misbehavior from Your Boss:
Constant misbehavior from your boss indicates that your job is not being valued. It’s extremely difficult to stick on in such a situation for a long time.
Your Skills Are Highly Underutilized:
You’ve the capability to do much more than what you are doing now and your attempts to take on more challenging assignments failed. You need to find a job which does justice your skills.
You Are not Fairly Compensated:
Money matters. You need to get compensated for the work you are doing. If your company is not doing it, find somebody who will.
Your Values Are Totally Different From That of the Organization:
In many cases, we will have ethical or moral differences with the company values or the work environment that the company is offering. For example, you are an environmentalist and your company produces stuff which are bad for the environment.
People Don’t Listen To Your Voice:
You’re trying to get approvals or acknowledgement for the work you’ve done but due to office politics or problems in the structure, your voice is not being heard. In short, you are ignored in the organization.
Your Company is a Sinking Ship:
Companies do have their ups and downs. When a company is going down, there is no need for you to sink along with it. Anticipate these kinds of changes and do the needful to change the job.
You Don’t See Any Growth in the Near Future:
You expect yourself to do the same work you are doing now in foreseeable future and you are not really excited about what you are doing now.
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