Do you wake up every morning and dread going to work? Do you feel lost at your work place, like you are unable to get anything done? Are you disconnected from your peers and/or your managers? If the answer is ‘yes’, you are not alone. Many people find themselves working a position that doesn’t excite them, cater to their strengths or allow them the flexibility to fully display their value. Here are some signs your job might not be the right fit for you:
Are you being challenged? Most positions certainly center around how well and how fast you complete your assigned tasks and responsibilities. However, if there is no opportunity for advancement, no chance to learn new skills and technologies, or the ability to contribute in other areas outside of your narrow job focus, it might be time for a change. Being stuck in the mud at a certain level without the chance to grow as an employee and a person, can certainly be frustrating.
Are you motivated? Is there a lack of motivation for you to perform your job at its highest level? Is the general vibe within the company negative or counterproductive? Do deadlines seem impossible to meet? Is leadership absent or is their direction unrealistic or off base? If there answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, it can certainly make the workplace environment demoralizing. Places that fit this description often have employees that work just hard enough to keep their jobs. You should expect more than that, after all this is your career we are talking about.
Do you have the tools to be successful? A former manager of mine told me many years ago that his job was to “make sure he provided me with the tools I needed to be successful”. That has always stuck with me and is probably the most critical area when determining if your job is right for you. If your role is goal based, do you have everything you need from the company to reach those goals? Are you getting the support from management, peers and other departments to complete your projects properly and on time? Does your work environment foster a healthy and open “give and take” with others? Are you able to share and also receive new ideas from those you work closely with? If you don’t have what you need to perform what is being asked of you, that is a problem.
I have seen these issues for as long as I’ve been in the staffing industry. If your goal is to remain with your current company and in your position for the long term, address these issues professionally with your manager or supervisor. If you don’t feel comfortable doing that or if you have and it hasn’t worked, it might be time for a change. Whether the issues in your workplace pertain to you personally, or the environment in general, don’t waste any more time in a career that is holding you back. Check out our job board, and have a discussion with one of our expert recruiting professionals about the ideal fit for you.
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