Everyone goes through a slump at work, but how do you know whether to push through or to move on? If you’re in a clearly toxic environment, your answer is obvious. Many times, though, there is nothing “wrong” exactly, your job is just no longer the right fit. Here are a few ways to tell that it’s time to look for a new position.
You’re Going Nowhere
Have you been stuck in neutral at your job? Maybe you can’t remember your last promotion or lateral move. Do you feel like you could do your job in your sleep? A lack of forward momentum is a sign to start considering a new position.
You’re Constantly Stressed
Some amount of work stress is actually healthy, as it can drive you to find new solutions. Constant stress, though, can affect you both physically and mentally. It can also make it tough to leave work behind at night, and you might find yourself getting irritable at home. Start looking for a job that doesn’t give you ongoing anxiety.
Periods of feeling unmotivated are common, especially if your job is repetitive. But every day shouldn’t feel like a battle to get your basic tasks done. If it does, odds are good that your job is no longer right for you.
You Dread Mondays
Nobody leaps out of bed on Monday morning, at least not on a regular basis. But if your Sunday nights are ruined by thinking about how you have to do it all over again the next day, or you aren’t able to get excited about any aspects of your work, your passion may be gone for good. Start looking for something that makes you want to go to work.
You Wish You Were Somewhere Else
It’s normal to idly wonder what else you could be doing with your time. But if you’ve passed the curiosity phase and are actively wishing for a new job, explore your feelings. Maybe your gut is telling you to move on.
Everyone experiences some of these feelings now and then, so there’s no need to jump at the first moment of unhappiness. But if they have become consistent, why not see where they might be leading you?
If you’re look for a temporary or permanent light industrial position in the Chicagoland area, Alternative Staffing can help. Contact us today or call your local Alternative Staffing office to learn how we can guide you through the entire process, from initial contact to onboarding.