This Valentine’s Day, have you lost that loving feeling for your job? If you have, here are five signs to tell whether the situation is fleeting, or here to stay:
#1: You’re not challenged.
If you’ve been performing the same tasks and duties day in and out for years then it’s no wonder that you’re bored.
What to do: Before you jump ship, ask your boss about taking on more challenging assignments. If you don’t have the right skills or experience, ask what you need to do in order to move up in the company. The right opportunity may be under your nose – at your current employer. But it’s up to you to go after it.
#2: The company has been bought out, or they’re restructuring and laying people off.
After multiple rounds of layoffs, you’re still standing. That’s the good news. The bad news is that you never know if, or when, your job will end up on the chopping block.
What to do: Even if you don’t get laid off, chances are you’ll wind up doing the job of two or three people. If you’re in this situation, it’s a good idea to dust off your resume, polish it up, and start putting out feelers about new job opportunities.
#3: Your stress level is through the roof.
Everyone goes through stressful times at work. However, if you’re in crisis mode every single day – and shouldering an enormous amount of pressure – then you will eventually burn out.
What to do: Talk to your boss about your workload. Give him or her specific examples of areas where you’re stretched too thin. Ask for your boss to work with you to prioritize your responsibilities and to delegate less urgent tasks to someone else.
#4: You’re passed over for a promotion…for the third time.
You may get passed over because you don’t have the right credentials to do the job. Or it could be a sign of something more going on at the company. Either way, it’s up to you to find out.
What to do: Schedule time to meet privately with your boss and ask about what you can do to get promoted. The two of you should work together to create a plan of action to help you achieve your career goals at the company. However, if after your meeting, the writing is on the wall that you likely won’t be seeing advancement opportunities anytime soon, then it’s time to look elsewhere to get ahead in your career.
#5: You’re feeling shut out.
If it seems like you’re not being included in meetings, your co-workers or boss are trying to shut you out, or decisions you’ve made are being overturned, then it’s a sign that your work isn’t valued.
What to do: It’s up to you to assess the situation and determine whether or not you want to ask what’s going on, or simply start looking for a new job.
Everyone goes through periods in their careers when they aren’t in love with their jobs. However, if you’re position is truly leading to deep-seated unhappiness, then it’s time to make a move.
If you’d like help with the process, call PrideStaff. As one of the top recruiting agencies in Tempe, we can partner with you to get to know your career goals and needs. We’ll then get to work finding opportunities that are a great fit for you. Contact PrideStaff today to learn more about how we can help you.