When You Should Change Jobs

Are you miserable in your current job? 

Is there a looping thought going through your mind?

“When you should change jobs”

“When you should change jobs”

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man leaning on a deskHalf the workers in the world hate what they do and how they do it.

Studies show over half the workers in the world are unsatisfied with their jobs. In fact, they hate what they do and how they do it.

There are so many people who want to know when they should change jobs.

As an experienced mentor, I’ve seen it all. 

I hope the preceding words give you some answers and faith to move on to your dream job.

The obvious reason you should change jobs is the money, but it’s rarely the case. Money is not the prime motivator to the answer ‘when you should change jobs’.

There are deeper Q&A’s when you should change jobs.

My Top Things to Look Out For When You Should Change Jobs

People change jobs for many reasons from exploring greater satisfaction and work conditions to a realization that they are just not cut out for the job.

The Lack of Opportunities

You might want to be mindful of this. Look around and observe what jobs are moving and who is moving up or down the promotional ladder. 

Seek out what qualities management is looking for. Give an honest assessment of yourself and see if you have what it takes. If you have it and you’re being overlooked, you had better work out why. 

Favoritism is real in the workplace. 

On the other hand, if there is a lack of opportunities, then this is a flag. The “when” in “when you should change jobs.”

If you feel you’ve hit a dead end in your current role with no room for advancement or skill development, it’s natural to start looking at other opportunities. We all need challenges. 

Warehouse boss recruitHave an honest conversation with your manager about your future and aspirations within the organization.

To get an indication of what you suspect, have an honest conversation with your manager about your future goals and aspirations within the organization.

If the company can’t provide growth for you, this is when you should change jobs.

Poor Management

 I have found this far too often in businesses that the management is lacking. 

A toxic or incompetent manager can make even the best job unbearable. 

Poor management includes a lack of communication, micromanagement, favoritism, and a failure to recognize and reward good work to name a few.

In my experience, in the normal run of the mill local businesses, management is the primary source of most issues. 

If you have an incompetent boss, try to get answers higher up. Be very careful here. This can sometimes come unstuck.

‘Cronie-ism’ and favoritism is a major issue.

Meeting the bossSchedule a one-on-one meeting. Have a plan for your questioning.

Schedule a one-on-one meeting. Tread carefully. Have a plan for your questioning.

Be alert to any pushbacks. Know when to push an issue and know when to back off.

Stay in control.

At the end of this exercise, you will have an excellent idea if you should change jobs.

This is gold.

Always document your meeting. If appropriate, share it with the management.

If things don’t improve, it’s time to move on.

Toxic Workplace

Oh boy, this is probably the worst for most people. This is beyond ‘bad management’. 

A negative workplace culture can be a major driver of when you should change jobs.

the toxic workplaceToxicity can take many forms - gossiping, bullying, excessive politics, unethical practices, and lack of diversity and inclusion. Get out of this environment as soon as you can.

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Toxicity can take many forms - gossiping, bullying, excessive politics, unethical practices, lack of diversity and inclusion, and so on. 

No paycheck is worth sacrificing your mental health and well-being. Get out of this environment as soon as you can.

You would be better off on benefits than working in this space. You are not wanted here.

This is the one that eats you up and creates the Sunday night blues and the “Hate my job” syndrome. 

I have been in this situation twice in my working life. 

Unforgettable.

This has to be the biggest motivator for you to start your exit strategy. 

Search for companies known for their positive cultures and start networking. 

Having To Do More with Less

 In today’s business climate, “do more with less”, many workers are collapsing under the strain.

Extreme stress, and lack of work-life balance, are major contributors to burnout.

This isn’t what you signed up for. No job is worth sacrificing your health and personal life.

Push back on unreasonable deadlines and demands. Ask for extra personnel or a redistribution of the workload. 

Set the minimum guidelines. 

Man at a barUnplug and relax outside of work hours. Don't succumb to alcoholism, drugs, anger management and other ugly issues. Fix it before it fixes you.

If you find it hard to unplug and relax outside of work hours, then things have to change. Either you change it or it will change you.

Think - family life, alcoholism, drugs, anger management and other ugly issues.

Fix it before it fixes you.

This is most certainly when you should change jobs.

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Inadequate Salary Packages

 While it’s not always about the money, being underpaid and undervalued will wear anyone down. 

Everybody deserves a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.

Poor pay, slim benefits, long commutes, inflexible schedules and toxic working conditions are not going to cut it. 

You must demand better.

Build a list of your key points and the value you bring to the company. 

Then make the case for a raise or improved working conditions with the management. 

If the answer is no, then it is time you should change jobs. A job that will value you properly. 

Life is too short to be underpaid and unappreciated.

The “I Hate My Job” Syndrome

 All the above issues are real - all or most likely a combination - will trigger the dreaded “I hate my job” syndrome. 

The depressing Sunday night knowing that tomorrow morning when the alarm goes, it all starts again

in bed alarm clockThe depressing Sunday night knowing that tomorrow morning when the alarm goes - it all starts again.

I can see you nodding your head in agreement. 

I understand fully what it is like. 

Please know you are not alone. 

I would like to help you. 

I have stood where you are and gone through the same emotions you are going through. 

You have options. 

There is a better way.

Do not accept what you do not want. 

Get out. 

Don’t waste time

Life is short my friend. 

Make the Change

Get clear on what isn’t working for you. 

Is it the work itself? 

The people? 

The culture? 

The lack of growth? 

When you pinpoint the issues, then you can start exploring the answers. 

Ask yourself, “Can I change things in my current situation?” 

If the answer is “yes” then get moving and fix it. 

If the answer is “No” then it is time to move on. It is time, my friend to make the change. This is the moment when you should change jobs.

Finding Your Purpose

I have stated this before, but I’ll say it again. ‘We spend a third of our lives at work’. 

A third is asleep, and the rest is “me” time.

The third at work is far too much time to hate what you do.

You deserve to do work that energizes you, leverages your unique strengths and talents, and gives you a sense of meaning and purpose.

Start by working out your purpose. 

Get clear on your values, passions, and long-term goals. 

What do you love to do? 

This is the starting point.

young woman writing in a notebookThe more you know about yourself, the easier it will be to identify your correct role.

The more you know about yourself, the easier it will be to identify roles and work that align.

Do your research. Read up on industries and companies that interest you and align with your purpose. 

Follow leaders and influencers in those spaces. Attend industry events and conferences. The more you immerse yourself, the more opportunities you’ll uncover.

Tap into your network. Let people know what you’re thinking and that you are open to new opportunities. 

Ask for introductions, informational material and interviews. 

Seek out mentors who can guide and advocate for you. 

Your network is your most powerful career asset - use it! 

Give back to your network. 

Maybe, one day you can become a mentor.

Knowing when you should change jobs

 It is quite normal to feel anxious once you’ve identified a new opportunity.

Leaving the known for the unknown is never easy. 

The temporary pain far outweighs the long-term gains. 

What’s the worst that could happen if you change jobs? 

Maybe, the new job isn’t what you expected. So you go again. Get another job. In today’s job market, you’re never more than a few months away from finding something else. 

What is the best thing that could happen if you changed jobs?

The new role is fantastic? 

It exceeds your expectations?

Your work colleagues are the best ever?

You are recognized for your innovations, enthusiasm and team player?

You jump out of bed every morning eager to get to work?

You are doing what you love?

When you do what you love, it is never work.

 Is it worth the risk? 

No need to answer. You know what to do.

Change is scary, but staying where you are is soul-destroying.

You have the power to design a life that brings you everything you want and need.

It doesn’t happen overnight, and it is not going to be a walk in the park.  

But it will happen.

When you know what you want and have written in a positive narrative in your notebook, time-stamped it with a deadline, then something amazing happens. 

It comes looking for you.

Summary

So there you have it. 

Work out what you want.

Better still work out what you don’t want.

Understand what your purpose is. 

Evaluate what makes you happy. 

Where is your happy space?

Take the step toward your amazing destiny.

Know when you should change jobs.

Exactly as I have stated.

The world is waiting for you. 

Go get ‘em.

Experience isn't the best teacher, experience is the only teacher.

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Confidence comes from experience