How to tell if it’s time for a new job

If you’re no longer going into work with a smile on your face and a skip in your step and the thought of talking to your boss one more time makes you think about staying in bed, it might be time to look for a new job.

Understanding why you want to leave a job is important in terms of how to go about looking for a new one. Here are some of the signs it’s time to move on:changes ahead

  • You start being late to work every day – having trouble getting out of bed, unless there’s a medical reason, is a sign that there’s a certain lack of enthusiasm for going to work, and it might seriously be time to ask yourself why.
  • You don’t smile as much anymore – being miserable at work is not only no fun for you but it’s no fun for your work colleagues either. If you struggle to find enjoyment at work, even with your colleagues, then it’s not just a phase, it’s time for a new adventure.
  • You’re always critical – if you are constantly critical of management decisions or anything to do with work, then that is a big sign that you’re disengaged and unless you can find a way to re‑engage with your employer, it’s best you find that engagement elsewhere.
  • You find work boring – if you’re doing the same things over and over again, think about whether there is an opportunity to learn new skills or if you need to go elsewhere to do that. Oftentimes supervisors will take the “path of least resistance” and give you work because you’re a “safe pair of hands”. Try talking to your supervisor to get a different sort of work and if that doesn’t or can’t change then say farewell and head off somewhere else.
  • You actively dislike your work colleagues – if you have nothing in common with your work colleagues, including your supervisor, and you have started to dislike them as people, then it’s not about them, it’s about you. Don’t torture yourself with trying to like them or get them to like you – do yourself a favour and find enjoyment elsewhere.
  • Your values don’t align – this sounds incredibly deep but in fact it’s not. A good example is someone who cares very deeply about social justice, and would like to do work for the marginalised in society and really values pro bono work but the corporate organisation they work for, won’t give time to you to give back to the community. Your values and the organisation’s values do not align and it’s a recipe for disaster. You’ll become more and more miserable and need to find somewhere where your values are aligned.
  • You’ve been sitting on the same salary for three years – global financial crisis or not, if you’ve stagnated salary wise while the cost of living has increased, that’s a sign that you’re not being valued. Unless an honest conversation doesn’t fix the issue, you will in all likelihood receive a higher salary if you go elsewhere.

Everyone gets itchy feet from time to time – but you need to ask yourself if it is just itchy feet or something more serious. It is said that the current generation of young employees get those itchy feet sooner than previous generations. No longer are people with the same organisation their whole working lives. Like marriages, which end in divorce, employment relationships eventually tire and, like divorce, it may be as simple as “irreconcilable differences” rather than one thing that causes you to want to leave.

And of course, when you’re ready to move on, we would be delighted to help you!