Did you know that the average person will spend over 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime? With this in mind, it’s safe to say that your job has a huge impact on your happiness and quality of life.
It’s a wonderful thing to witness people who truly love what they do for a living. We see them all around – they’re happy, fun, positive, and full of energy. These people report that work doesn’t even feel like work, but rather like a game or a hobby that they get to enjoy every day. What a wonderful world it would be if everyone worked in a career that they love.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case. A lot of people are not happy at their job. In fact, a staggering 48 percent of people around the world are unhappy with their current employment, for many different reasons.
More often than not, we tend to stay in the same position regardless of our unhappiness, simply living the same day over and over again, looking forward to Fridays and dreading Mondays. Sure, you may be on the fence and nervous about putting yourself back on the market for a job. But what are the costs of staying? There’s many, including sickness, depression, self-esteem issues, resentment towards colleagues, and much more.
Here are seven signs that you need a new job – right away.
1. You look forward to Fridays and dread Sundays in anticipation of having to return to work
If you only live for the weekends and dread the weekdays (which are 5 of the 7 days, mind you), this is a surefire sign that your passion has burned out – or never existed -and it’s time to find a new job.
2. You feel stuck & haven’t progressed in a long time
Are you still doing the same work that you’ve done for the last five years? If so, it may be time to search for a new job, or at least a promotion. Part of what makes a job rewarding is feeling that you are challenged to learn and grow. Doing the same exact thing year after year can be boring and uninspiring. That’s not a way to live.
3. You feel like an outcast and you simply don’t fit in
While some companies are now focusing on diversity, there are still many that lack this, meaning that they have a particular culture or “type of people” they tend to hire. If you go to work everyday and feel out of place or that you just don’t fit in with the people in the office, it’s more than likely true. However, don’t take this to heart and blame yourself for being different. Instead, seek new employment, only this time focusing on learning about the company’s culture to judge for a good fit.
4. You feel undervalued or under-appreciated
If you’re doing what you know to be an amazing job yet receive no feedback or praise for it, perhaps it’s time to leave. It can be very demotivating to put in long hours of hard work and effort, just for it to go unnoticed. You should always feel that your work is valuable, and maybe you’ll finally have that with another job/company.
5. The workplace is toxic/unhealthy
Being around positive people will radiate positivity and happiness into your life. By the same token, being around negative people will present negativity into your life. Whether it’s the terrible boss, office gossip, or any other sort of unnecessary drama, you shouldn’t be surrounded with that type of negativity.
6. You get sick – very often
When work begins to affect your health, it’s absolutely time to leave. Many people report their jobs being the reason lack of sleep, unhealthy relationships, bad eating habits, and increased levels of stress and depression. Yes, we all need money to survive. But no job is worth destroying your well-being.
7. You have nightmares about your job
Some people report having nightmares about their job. Yes, seriously. If you’re one of these people, that might be your brain’s way telling you that it’s time for a change.