Whether you work to live or you’re living to work, it goes without saying that you’ll spend a significant part of your life working. And just like football players are sweating themselves to be NFL MVP of 2019, you also work hard to be the most valuable player of your company. Still, it’s quite a stretch to say that you’ll love every minute of work and you also shouldn’t go through life hating what you do.
Perhaps you’re stuck in a toxic workplace or are simply the wrong fit for a role, there are a variety of reasons why you may find yourself dreading the long commute to work. Stress is a relatively normal part of work. However, if you find yourself constantly stressed out and frustrated, it may be time for a change.
Constant exposure to high amounts of stress is highly damaging to your body. From anxiety issues to heart disease, stress is indeed a silent killer. If you recognize any of the symptoms below, maybe it’s time to make a change.
1. You feel miserable every day
It’s 6am and your alarm goes out. You open your eyes and realize it’s Monday morning. Immediately a wave of stress and anxiety overcomes you as you plan out the day ahead. Dragging yourself out of bed is a chore and you wish you could call in sick.
While the above describes many of us on certain days, if getting up every morning each weekday morning has become a chore, perhaps it’s time for a change of pace. Your job may pay the bills, but life’s too short for you to be constantly down.
If you can’t seem to break out of this funk, you may be better suited to another role which engages you.
2. Your workplace is toxic
Your supervisor or manager plays an important role in your development within the organization. Hence it should come as no surprise that having a good relationship with your boss is essential if you expect to thrive within your organization.
However, despite your best efforts you just can’t seem to get along with your boss. He/she blocks you at every avenue and takes pride in shooting you down. Worse still, he/she is actively trying to sabotage your career by spreading malicious rumors and gossip.
While keeping your job is vital for getting the bills paid, sometimes the situation may just become untenable. Abusive bosses who perpetuate a toxic work culture can make your tenure in any organization a miserable one. If your boss is verbally abusive towards you and sabotages your career, it’s time to look for a better job elsewhere.
3. Your achievements are overlooked
Having worked with a variety of international and local companies over the years, this writer has seen his fair share of office politics. You may have sold your soul to the devil to get the latest project done but your boss has chosen to acknowledge the office suck-up.
Worse still, that particular colleague did not even contribute to the final project, and yet he’s getting the promotion. While some degree of self-promotion is to be expected, an organization that fails to recognize the contributions of their employees are setting themselves up for failure.
On the long-term, lesser qualified employees win promotions while more competent staff are poached by other organizations. While this may appear to be entitled or even selfish, staying on when your efforts are not being recognized is folly and will only stunt your professional growth.
4. Your job is no longer interesting
So, you’ve worked a couple years and your interest in the job is fading. In the past, you practically skipped all the way to work but now things have changed. You feel as if you haven’t grown professionally and have become too comfortable.
Speaking to your employer, it would appear that your career has stagnated. As time goes on, you take less interest in your work and eventually this causes your performance to drop. Your passion for the job has left and you’re stuck feeling miserable.
Instead of letting yourself fall into this trap, seek out more engaging roles outside the organization or speak to your manager about moving upwards. Should you let yourself stagnate, you may find moving on later much more difficult.
While we all appreciate stability in our lives, sometimes change is simply inevitable. By making the necessary changes, you’ll be better able to develop professionally.