It’s Monday morning and the alarm clock just went off – how are you feeling? Some of us will be leaping out of bed and ready to face another challenging yet exciting week. For others, the dread will have already set in and you might already feel like you’d rather be tucked up in bed. Is it time for a career change?
According employee satisfaction surveys, around a third of us dread the working week – yet our jobs play a very important part of our lives. If your job is making you miserable it might be time to move on – so ask yourself these 7 honest questions and decide whether a new role might be for you.
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1: Do you do the bare minimum?
Although you might hate your job, showing up and doing the bare minimum won’t give you a feeling of satisfaction at the end of the day. Further, if it comes to redundancies, you’re far more likely to be at the top of the list – or if promotion opportunities arise, you’re unlikely to be considered. Decide whether you want to give 110% or move on.
2: Do you take your work home with you?
Giving 110% while you’re at your workplace does not mean working every waking hour when you get home. You need to be able to leave your work at the office and achieve a work-life balance – otherwise it’s not a job, it’s slavery.
3: Do you do anything interesting?
If your role is literally the same monotonous task, every minute, every hour and every day, it might be time for a change. Don’t blame yourself for wanting to quit – the reason you hate your job so much is down to poor job design, which is your employer’s responsibility. Find another role where at least part of the job includes doing something that interests you.
4: Are you well integrated?
The best jobs feel like you’re working with a team of friends – while the worst jobs feel like you’re working with people you really don’t like. If you haven’t got that ‘team of friends’ or ‘one big family’ feeling at your workplace, it might not be for you.
5: Is your desk neat and tidy?
If your desk is a mess and your filing is in disarray, there are two possibilities. First, you could tidy everything up to make your job more interesting and less of a chore. Second, you could just quit and go elsewhere as clearly you can’t be bothered to get the basics right!
6: Are the office gossips in full swing?
If your colleagues like nothing more than to have a good chinwag about you, they probably aren’t the team for you. Move on.
7: Do you get breaks?
A good employer knows the value of breaks and will build a variety of ways to keep you feeling refreshed into your job role. For example, task switching (whilst not strictly a rest break) can help keep you interested, and give you breaks from long periods spent at the screen. Lunch breaks are also very important, allowing you to recharge and begin a fresh in the afternoon. If your employer discourages breaks, they probably don’t have your best interests at heart and don’t know how to get the best results from their team.
If you’ve decided it’s time to move on, check out this fantastic collection of free CV templates in MS Word from How to Write a CV, the careers website. There’s also a whole collection of careers guides and careers advice to help you find your perfect job.