Thursday, August 4, 2011

Top 10 signs that let you know you no longer like your job and what to do about it

Whether you feel unchallenged at your job, overtly stressed, or work in a hostile environment, there is no reason to continue to work in these kinds of conditions, unless you have bills to pay, a family, and other financial obligations that require you to have a steady income.

Here are 10 sure signs that you are finally fed up with your job and need to seek employment elsewhere:

  1. You begin to count sick days as vacation days.
  2. You get sick only on Mondays.
  3. You go on interviews during lunch break.
  4. You use your office computer to conduct job searches.
  5. After completing job searches, you use the company email to send your resume.
  6. Every day is casual Friday.
  7. You laugh after each point your boss makes during your performance review.
  8. You don't return from lunch until your favorite soap opera is done running the credits.
  9. The word 'deadline' is no longer in your vocabulary.
  10. Anger, sadness, and frustration are the most frequent emotions you experience while at work.

So if you need a job (like we all do) and you have any of these signs, here are a few remedies for your woes:

  1. Ask to help on a project.

    This will challenge you in a way that you will be able to assist in making an impact at work, which could increase your skill knowledge, experience in working with others, and bragging rights (adding this to your resume).

  2. Take a mini-vacation.

    All of the signs above spell B-U-R-N-O-U-T. The best remedy for burnout is to take a much needed vacation to relax and enjoy the environment and your family. This means no Blackberry or email access. Vacation means to vacate.

  3. Evaluate your job.

    Conduct an evaluation and list the pros and cons of your job. If you have more cons than pros, it may be time to start seeking employment elsewhere. Staying in an environment that is toxic to you and causing you to be non-productive is a no-win for both parties. Don't damage your reputation, find a new job or seek an open position elsewhere in the company.

  4. Get a Work Life Coach.

    Do you want some sound advice and counsel on where you should go from here? If you are experiencing any of the top 10 above contact me today for a FREE 30-minute consultation. We can talk about the issues, your feelings, and possible solutions to improve your worklife.

Having an 'I don't care' attitude at work will slow your productivity, increase stress, and dilute your professionalism which will result in damaging your reputation and decrease your chances of getting a good job reference if you do decide to look elsewhere. Not to mention the ill feelings that will occur between you and your colleagues. Don't continue on this road to nowhere. If you need some help in getting on the right path, contact me today for a FREE 30-minute consultation to discuss your work life and how to improve it. It will be the best decision you can make for your future.

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