12 signs that it’s time to look for a new job

Sometimes it’s harder than you think to recognise that work isn’t making you happy any more. When does the balance shift between it being better to stay – and it being better to go?

 

1. You’re already looking for a new job

Lots of people keep an eye on the job ads, but you’re checking them more frequently than normal and day dreaming about what life would be like in one of those other jobs.

 

2. Your boss is a nightmare

We’ve all had an awful boss that sucks the life and enjoyment out of every aspect of your work. It might be easier to change jobs than to change them – and imagine that satisfaction you’ll feel when you hand in your notice!

 

3. You’re moaning about work to anyone who’ll listen

Poor them! Your chats with family and friends have been taken over by your complaints about your day at work, the people you work with, the commute – everything.

 

4. You’re thinking about retirement – even if you’re in your twenties or thirties

You’ve worked out just how many years, months, weeks and days you have left until you can quit work forever.

 

5. You haven’t fulfilled your potential

If you can do your job with your eyes closed, on one leg with an arm tied behind your back then maybe it’s time to talk to your boss about progression in your current setting. New duties or responsibility might just be all you need to reinvigorate your working life but if not, then it’s definitely time to look elsewhere.

 

6. Your sleep is disrupted

You can’t get to sleep or stay asleep. Your mind is racing, thinking about what you dislike at work. That incident that annoyed you. That person who aggravated you. That promotion you didn’t get. The change of hours that is destroying your work-life balance…

 

7. You have physical symptoms of stress

You’re tired, always fighting off/succumbing to colds, you have frequent headaches… Stress can manifest itself through illness as it supresses your immune system. If your job is literally making you ill, it’s time to move on.

 

8. You’re throwing a lot of sickies

We’re not talking about genuine illness or the odd duvet day, we’re talking about taking regular sick days because you can’t bear the thought of going into work at all. Ever.

 

9. You’re appetite is all over the place

Some people eat lots when they’re stressed, bored or unhappy while others can’t stomach food at all. Whichever way you might go, it’s a sure sign that things aren’t right.

 

10. You dread Sundays

When you start to hate the thought of Sundays because they’re the day before you have to go back to work, things aren’t looking good.

 

11. You’ve disengaged

You’ve mentally checked out and are bored, less productive, and lack passion and new ideas. If you can’t wait until lunch-time to check your phone and interact with people outside work, then it’s probably time to work with people you do want to interact with instead.

 

12. You’ve noticed an atmosphere at work

If the gripes you have with your workplace are creeping out into your interactions with bosses and co-workers then your time at that setting is only going to get progressively worse.

 

If one – or more – of these signs applies to you then it’s time to look for a new job. Life’s too short to squander it in a place where you don’t want to be. The very heart of what we do is about making your work day as happy as it can be. Perhaps now’s the time to give us a call. Good luck with your search!