1. You’ve Become a Clock Watcher:
And you’re not even time oriented. The hours and minutes move slowly. Because you're spending the majority of your time on duties outside of your gifting, you have frequent thoughts of resentment and frustration toward your work. All you want to really do, is clock-out. This is the first sign it's time for a new job.
2. You’re In Over (or Under) Your Head:
Your job is either too easy or too hard. If you’re “in under your head”, there’s no challenge in your daily routine. Can you say “boredom”? Sure, it might be easy money and it pays the bills, but is that what you really want out of life? Easy money? No challenge? It’s like giving a 10th grader fourth grade reading materials every day and expecting them to be satisfied with their educational growth. Eventually the 10th grader needs to admit: I need more of a challenge.
Or the reverse situation can happen: you may be the fourth grader forced to read 10th grade material. You’re “in over your head”. Again and again, you’ve noticed that you don’t have the skills to accomplish the demands of your job. People have told you, “Fake it until you make it,” but the charades are wearing you down. It takes a big person to admit that you’re in over your head. At this point, wouldn’t you rather find a job that’s a better fit to who you really are, than continue to pretend? It’s best to have integrity: let your words match your actions and move on. There is no shame in this.
3. The Only Pat On Your Back Is Your Own:
I find this to be far too common in today's workplace. You may not be in a “hostile working environment”, but it’s pretty damn close. There’s a general atmosphere of disgruntled employees. Negative Nancies and Normans. Complaints fly daily. If any encouragement is ever given or received it’s from you to yourself. You pat your own back and give your own high fives. Realistically, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to thrive and grow in the long run in this type of work environment. If this is your story, you need to think seriously about why you’re there. Nobody deserves this.
Have you ever moved on from a job, what were some signs you saw? Tell me about them in the comments below.