As professionals, we hope to fall madly in love with our jobs so we never "work" a day in our lives. As a career coach, I know how much it can take to make this happen.
That doesn't mean all is lost, though; it just means that, similar to romantic relationships, sometimes you play the field. If you're not sure if your employer is "the one," check out these five signs that it may be time to call it off.
1. Bad Management
In Gallup's most recent State of the American Workplace report, the organization found that nearly 70% of American employees were disengaged at work. The number one reason for this dissatisfaction? Bad management.
As a coach, I often hear from clients who struggle with bad management. My advice to them: Find another job. Look, this may seem drastic, but chances are your current manager is not changing any time soon. Why stick around if you can find something better?
2. No Signs Of Growth
Employees often like their jobs when they feel they are constantly growing or being challenged. This is not the least bit surprising. As human beings, we like to feel like we're expanding and learning new things—otherwise, we get bored and frustrated.
Growth potential can look like a lot of different things: being assigned more responsibilities, being presented with opportunities that require the use of your creativity, or moving up the career ladder. If your current job doesn't offer any of these, you may want to look for one that does.
3. Financial Troubles Within The Company
When a company has financial troubles, the entire organization goes a little haywire. As a result, you may notice your company trying to do more with fewer employees, an absence of bonuses or promotions, much longer hours, and a general feeling of tension around the office.
This is a good time to start looking for employment elsewhere—simply because it's better to be safe than sorry.
4. Stress-Related Health Issues
Many of my coaching clients complain of very high stress and anxiety due to their jobs. Often, this stress comes with a list of physical ailments a little odd for someone who isn't even 30 years old.
Once they quit these jobs, they calm down and their ailments disappear. I'm obviously not a doctor, but this has happened often enough that I see a definite pattern. Besides, by this point, medicine has told us enough times that stress is a leading cause of health issues.
Bottom line: If you find your job affecting your health, you shouldn't even think twice about quitting. You can always find another job, but you may not always be able to get your health back.
5. Lack Of Work
Disengaged employees often find themselves inventing work to do. For instance, you may redo reports or reorganize files for no reason … or you may just wander around the office looking for something to do.
This is bad for two reasons. First, you start resenting your job because you're not sure why you are even there. Second, if the company catches on, they may wonder why you're there too. That's worse.
If you find yourself in this position, you may want to explore other avenues that actually need your skills.
Don't Make A Rash Decision
Like relationships, sometimes we outgrow jobs. However, also like relationships, you may not want to abandon your job at the first rocky patch. If you face one of the issues above, treat your employer like you would a significant other: talk to them. You may be able to get help from your manager or someone in HR—if your manager is the problem.