The number of UK employees feeling unmotivated at work is on the rise. This is one good reason to consider moving on to a new role, but are you ignoring other signs that are telling you to jump ship? Here are eight reasons why it may be time for you to find a new job.
- You’re not happy
In case you weren’t aware, Lady Like You is a website that was created to provide inspiration for women who believe in the importance of job satisfaction. I firmly believe that you should love your job and wake up every day feeling good about going to work. I know how it feels to be unhappy with your career…IT SUCKS. And as much time as we spend at work, we owe it to ourselves to do something that makes us happy. Job satisfaction shouldn’t just be saved for the lucky few who’ve landed their dream roles, it should be for everyone. Not happy with where you’re at right now? It’s never too late to do something about it.
- You’re not learning
As the saying goes, if you’re comfortable you’re not growing. Learning on the job is crucial for growth which can directly affect your performance and chances for career development. If you’ve reached the point where you’re no longer learning new skills at work, it may be time to move on to a more challenging role or, even better, move up the ladder to a more senior role. You don’t want to run the risk of getting stuck in a rut and going through the motions at your current job because it’s easy or you’re too scared to move on to something new. It’s time to think bigger and bolder about the next step in your professional life.
- There’s no room for progression
You may have joined your employer because of the promise of career progression but have since learned that there are no opportunities for advancement. Or maybe you were once content to work a dead-end job but have since had a change of heart. Whatever the circumstance, if you’ve found that there’s no chance of a promotion where you’re working, why stick around? Now is the time to think about looking for something new.
- Your interests have changed
What you once thought you’d spend the rest of your work life doing may well have changed. If you’ve outgrown your profession or field of work you could always make a career pivot and move on to something new. Yes, it’s much easier said than done as depending on what stage you’re at in your career this could mean starting over at entry level or taking a significant pay cut.
- You’re being mismanaged
There are fewer things more frustrating than when you’re being poorly managed, which can manifest itself in a number of ways. Your boss may treat you unfairly or speak to you disrespectfully, for example. He or she may show little interest in your development or be too incompetent to develop you. It’s down to you to decide whether or not it’s worth sticking around in situations like this, especially if it doesn’t look like your manager has any plans of leaving.
- You don’t fit in
You may not think this holds much significance, but whether or not you’re the right fit for your team is important. If you’re personality, style of working or values aren’t aligned with those of your employers or those you work closest with it can cause a disconnect that leaves you feeling unhappy and unfulfilled.
- You’re overworked
Whether you’re working excessively long hours or consistently having to perform under pressure, you may be left feeling stressed or burnt out. Is your current work situation temporary or is it likely to continue? If the answer is the latter and you’re not someone who thrives in that type of environment you should probably think about swapping your current role for a slower change of pace.
- You’re not making enough money
The whole reason we go to work is to earn a living, so if you’re not satisfied with the amount of money that lands in your account on pay day you should think about finding another job. Depending on your skills, experience and the number of years on your CV it may not be possible for you to increase your salary just yet but there’s no harm in trying.
What was the reason for you leaving your last job?