Do you feel stuck in your current job? You’re not alone. 84 percent of the subjects of a survey conducted in the US and Canada said they too felt trapped in their jobs. This isn't an ideal situation for employees or the companies employing them.
For companies, this disengagement that workers feel could mean lower productivity and poor performance. But more importantly, for employees, this means a strain on their mental health.
There are always ways to tell if you need to switch your job or even your entire career based on how you feel. Look out for these signs.
To be completely candid, we’ve all detested Mondays since we were kids. And that doesn’t necessarily change as you grow older; in fact, it gets worse. But these Sunday night blues that we’re talking about are the worst. They’re more than just laziness, and the worst bit is that they continue throughout the week.
If you frequently find yourself feeling anxious on Sunday nights, with thoughts of going to work the next day seriously getting to you, that's a clear sign that this job is no longer helping your mental health, and you need to switch.
Sure, you're still getting things done, but you don’t really care about the work you’re doing anymore. If you’re consistently feeling completely checked-out, then this is a sign for you to move on.
Life is too short to do things just for the sake of a paycheck. If your work no longer makes you happy and doesn’t mean anything to you, then there’s little point in continuing this robotic pattern.
You may find yourself thinking, "sure, I'm not too happy, but I'm not particularly sad either." And this may just become your excuse to be stuck in a rut for the next several years until you completely lose the plot.
There are two common instances when this happens. Maybe your work isn't getting the recognition it deserves. Therefore you're not progressing professionally at your workplace, in which case you need first to evaluate yourself and then consult with your manager.
But there are also times when you've hit the ceiling in terms of growth. There are simply no opportunities coming up anymore, and you feel stuck. Because you know you have more to give, more potential that you wish to explore, but maybe the only position to move up to is the CEO's, which you know you won't get any time soon.
If you're experiencing any or all of these signs, then it's time to move on. The chances are that it took a pandemic and an entire year of working from home to help you realize that this job isn't for you. But better late than never, right?