Everyone who works has occasional issues with their bosses, fellow employees or even the way things are getting done around the office. If you're like most people, you get over these little annoyances and back to the bigger business of collecting your paychecks so you can pay your bills. However, how do you know when it's time to move on and find another employer? How can you tell when those little things that won't go away are big enough to consider throwing out the baby with the bathwater and actually finding a new job?
Here are a few signs that you might be ready to clear your desk and move on.
You lack enthusiasm.
One of the first signs that something isn't right is when you don't care about outcomes of your projects or the future of where you work. When that initial rush for getting in and even starting early is gone, that's a good indication you should be as well. Keep in mind when you reach this stage you're really at the bottom of your productivity too so it might be better for everyone involved if you started looking for something else to put the kick back in your stride. One benchmark worth using here is asking yourself if you're doing what you truly love or whether it's just another job.
If you're not totally passionate about what you're doing, the chances are it will become a grind sooner than later.
You Can't Take the Atmosphere
If you feel stressed out and negative in the morning on a regular basis even before you get to work, the chances are it might be time for you to move on and look for another job. Experts also say that if you get stressed out and negative just thinking about the job, it's another good indication to dust off those old resumes and start shopping for a new place to hang your hat.
Quite often, the things that motivate someone to look for other employment aren't so drastic or severe. Many people actually enjoy the other people they work with and perhaps even like their bosses, but they just can't fit in with the company culture and have moral and philosophical differences with the place they are currently at. Of course, it's a good idea to try and iron out these differences, but if these ethical clashes are costing you productivity, it's certainly time to move on to a place where you'll be happier and producing better quality work.
Finally, many people who leave one job for another one may not have the opportunity to use the skills that they've honed or been educated for. This goes in hand with an environment where your ideas are not being heard and utilized.