5 Signs You Belong in a Different Job

5 Signs You Belong in a Different Job

It’s called work for a reason. It’s usually not easy, and it’s not always enjoyable.

That said, you don’t have to dread going to work every day. There is hope for a brighter future.

If you are miserable at work, it will be difficult to find true success and happiness in any part of your life.

Consider the idea that you can enjoy your job

Most days should end with a feeling that you are in the right place and with a sense of accomplishment.

Maybe your biggest passion in life does not align with your employment options. You love woodworking but you have a Masters in Marketing. That’s ok.

If your career isn't your passion, it should at least provide what you need to build the life you want. You deserve better.

Somewhere along the way you had passion and drive. If you’re not feeling that excitement at your current job, it’s time to ask yourself why.

Here are 5 signs pointing to a new direction

Do any of these signs look or sound familiar to you? 

1. The snooze button is your new best friend

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Do you find that you hit the snooze button more often than you check your email? When did you lose the pep in your step to get up for work? Was it ever there in the first place?

Most of us enjoy a few extra minutes of sleep, especially on Monday morning. But if this has become your norm, it might be the first sign that change is needed.

2.  The stress of your job is making you sick

5 Signs You Belong in a Different Job

The research is out there. Stress suppresses the immune system, which makes it easier for you to get sick. It becomes harder for you to fight off infections.

Are you in a toxic working environment? Do you have unreasonable expectations coming from your boss? Are you working too hard for too little?

When these stressors pile up, you can become overwhelmed and unable to function at your best. What is knocking you down at work? Is there room for change, or is it time to make a move?

3. The management style is one of ridicule rather than encouragement

5 Signs You Belong in a Different Job

You put your best foot forward every day and give 100% to your job. You’re going in early and staying late. Still, the numbers are down and the team is not doing well overall.

Your dedication meets threats and attacks rather than constructive criticism and encouragement. You don’t have clear guidelines to follow for improvement. You feel defeated and hopeless.

This style of management is hard to undo, there are better options for you.

4. You feel like you’re fighting an uphill battle

5 Signs You Belong in a Different Job

You are an agent of change. You crave growth and constant improvement. Bad news, the motto at the office is “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

You know it can be better, but your suggestions get shot down, ignored, or flat out criticized. If you’ve done your best to communicate your ideas to no avail, then don’t feel guilty for wanting to move on. There are companies that will appreciate your drive and ingenuity.

5. The company is operating in a state of chaos

5 Signs You Belong in a Different Job

Every day is filled with confusion and inefficiency. The team lacks focus and direction. Your job feels impossible. Everyone is scurrying to pick up the pieces from the last round of miscommunication.

The mission fades and morale becomes nonexistent. Can you fix it? Can you untangle all the mixed up lines of communication? Probably not.

Good news, there is something better for you out there. You just have to want it and then take the steps to find it.

Here’s the bottom line

Sometimes a few slight adjustments on your part will get you back to enjoying your job. Other times you're met with dysfunction beyond your control that will have you running for the door.

Which is it for you?

If it’s the latter, then use this opportunity to start the process of finding the job that brings you back to center.

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