Qerja, 4 years ago
There are times when you’re not having a good day at work, but no, we don’t just switch job every time we exclaim “I hate my job!”. There are, however, circumstances that merit further consideration on whether you should brave it and brace it, or grab a box and go seek better pasture. Read on to see if your current job ticks one or more conditions!
1. The Pay is, Well, Not Great
Before you say there are more to work and life than paychecks, consider that no matter how much of a great mentalist you think you are, you still can’t trick the bills into paying themselves. Companies expect to make a profit every year and make adjustments to employees’ pay accordingly.
If they don’t, there’s a chance that they’re not doing well financially or simply not invested in the welfare of their employees. Both are legitimate reasons to look at other options. Do some research, find out about the average pay for your field and how much you should expect in accordance to your skill and experience.
2. The Stepping Stone Turns Out to be Pebbles
Not everyone thinks money is everything and sure, there are other quantifiable factors as well, like whether you’re actually learning and growing or whether your current job is helping you to move one step closer toward your career goal. One way to see is by making a serious work evaluation: If you’ve been in your current position in the same company for years with no chance of moving up in the foreseeable future, then maybe it’s high time for you to reassess.
3. When a Beef is More Than a Beef
In a pleasant office environment, you probably shouldn’t expect to encounter office skirmishes, but a little tension between colleagues is sometimes unavoidable and even, dare we say it, normal. and sometimes can be chalked up to personal differences. However, it’s no longer just a case of personal and professional mix-up when it impedes on your performance. Extreme cases include abuse, sexual harassment, threats, none of which is to be taken lightly and if any, you should run right away. The same rule also applies for uncomfortable encounters with your superiors.
4. When You’re Too Tired to Even Tell Yourself to Tough It Up
You’re tired. Everyone is tired, but you’re REALLY tired. If your job has been taking a toll on your body and it constantly affects your physical condition, take it as a sign for you to breathe a little and consider other job that will allow you to have a more balanced work-life arrangement.
5. Go and Save Yourself
Would the Titanic passengers have jumped earlier had they known parts of the ship were made of low-grade steel and it was heading toward a giant iceberg? We’d never know. Would you jump if your company is shaky and seems to be losing profit and grip on the market? Sometimes rumors are just rumors and office gossip goes nowhere, but look out for signs like divisions closing up or late salary payment. Mergers and acquisitions are particularly key periods for evaluating your positions. Browse for jobs in your spare time to prepare for the worst. Update your résumé and LinkedIn profile just to be on the safe side.
If you’re still not entirely convinced, here’s a video for you and those more visually inclined.
Did the video trigger a flashback of waking up to Monday morning blues? Ah yes, but we’ve all been there. Before you decide to change your job, draw up a list of pros and cons of staying where you are now. Consider other signs. Again, in this cruel world, one does not simply say farewell to the boss just because they want to. If it helps, ask your family members and friends to weigh in on the matter, so you will get a more objective take before you make a decision. One last note: The keywords are “time” and “honesty“; give yourself time to think and be honest with yourself. After all, this is your future and well-being that are on stake here.
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