If you’ve ever stayed in a job past its expiration date, you’re in good company. Studies consistently show workers want stability in their employment. The fear of disrupting that stability to look for new work can be overwhelming. This dynamic often leads to employees sticking with a company even when they feel intensely negative about their work.
Since your mind is primed to make you gloss over work troubles, it’s best to keep a lookout for these common warning signs that it may be time to find a new job.
1. You’re skipped for a promotion
There are only so many promotions to go around, so you don’t need to worry every time a colleague receives one. However, if you believe you were very qualified for the promotion – or have seen many employees with fewer skills than you get promoted over you – it can be a sign that your company doesn’t plan to ever advance your career.
2. The company is laying people off
It’s natural to feel relief when you survive a round of layoffs, but it’s important to remember that you may be next. Multiple layoffs are a sign your company is aggressively downsizing, so it’s always better to start exploring alternative job opportunities while you still have a choice.
3. Money worries are constant
Everybody wants a raise, but it’s vital to recognize those times when money becomes an insurmountable worry. If you work hard but are constantly struggling to pay bills or start saving, it’s a clear sign you need to try negotiating for a raise — then start searching for new employers who will value your skills appropriately.
4. You don’t trust the company
It’s easy to give your company a “free pass” when they make decisions you don’t agree with. After all, money has to be made, and sometimes hard choices are necessary. However, if you don’t trust your employers to keep their promises and protect your interests, it’s time to find one who will.
5. You don’t fit in anymore
Workplaces change over time, and even a job that you loved at first might become a poor fit as the culture changes. If you’ve ever thought, “I don’t belong here anymore,” it may be a sign you need to start searching for a new opportunity.
6. Repeated work conflicts
One of the strongest signs that you’re not a good fit for your current job is feeling like you’re constantly butting heads with peers or supervisors. A certain amount of friction is present in any workplace, but conflicts that occur repeatedly or turn into full-blown arguments are a sure sign it’s time to seek other local staffing opportunities.
7. You’re too stressed about your job
Stress is a normal part of the workaday world, but abnormally high or long-lasting stress is a dangerous circumstance. Chronic stress takes a heavy toll on your physical and psychological health, as well as your work performance, so it’s rarely worth sticking around when the stress doesn’t improve over time.
8. You can’t stop complaining
Everybody has a bad day now and then, but if it feels like you can’t stop complaining about your workplace, it’s time to find a new one. Whether it’s friction with peers, anger at company policies or simply boredom with your job, a constant urge to complain is a sure sign that you need something better.
9. You have skills that aren’t being used
Bills need to be paid, so it’s not unusual to take a job below your experience level. However, if you constantly feel like your potential is being wasted and there are no signs of a promotion in the future, it’s better to look for a job that lets you flex your skills.
Whatever the reason for your dissatisfaction, Ōnin Staffing can help you find an employer who will value your skills and pay you accordingly.