How do you know that you’re unhappy at work? That something is not right and that it’s time to either make some changes at work or move on to a new job?
1. You procrastinate: you really, honestly try to get some work done. But somehow you never really get around to it. Or you only do it at the last possible moment and then only do a half-baked effort.
2. You spend Sunday night worrying about Monday morning: “I never sleep on Sunday night very well because I’m worried about going to work on Monday morning. My job is very stressful and you kind of have to gear up for Monday and getting back into that.”
3. You’re really competitive about salary and titles: You don’t like the job itself, so you focus much more on salary and perks. Knowing that someone in a similar position is paid more than you, or is promoted when you’re not, really eats at you.
4. You don’t feel like helping co-workers: Your colleagues may be struggling. But you don’t really feel like lending a hand. Why should you?
5. Work days feel looooong: The first thing you do in the morning, is calculate the number of hours until you can go home.
6. You have no friends at work: Friends at work? They’re mostly all jerks anyway.
7. You don’t care about anything: Things can go well or they can go badly for your workplace. Either way, you don’t really give a damn.
8. Small things bug you: Small annoyances bug you out of all proportion. Like someone taking up too much space in the parking lot, someone takes the last coffee without brewing a new pot or someone talking too loudly in the next cubicle.
9. You’re suspicious of other people’s motives: No matter what people do, your fist thought is “what are they up to?” Good or bad, big or small, all decisions and actions made by your co-workers and managers are seen in this light.
10. Physical symptoms: You suffer from insomnia, headaches, low energy, muscle tension and/or other physical symptoms.
There is no point doing something which you do not like. If you see any of the above mentioned symptoms, it’s time to move on. J