No matter what magazines and Instagram may tell you about seizing the day, dropping everything and becoming a hut-dwelling yoga teacher in Bali, humans are by nature creatures of habit.
It seems that we’d rather stay in a job that we dread going to everyday than make the effort to start hunting for a job again and find a career that we actually love. While this may be the case, nothing good will come of this mentality and the hardest part of doing anything is starting, but the results will be worth it. With that in mind, here are 5 reasons why you should change your job.
I can’t get no satisfaction
At its core, the purpose of a job is to utilise all of the qualifications or skills that you have gained throughout life or previous jobs and to hopefully develop new skills when further opportunities present themselves. If you feel like your current job doesn’t allow you any room to grow as an employee through new opportunities, or to learn something new then you deserve a career that will give you the chance and won’t keep you stifled.
I’m addicted to you don’t you know that you’re toxic?
Job’s may be about getting the tasks at hand done and then heading home but your working environment can play a big part in your level of happiness and your ability to focus on work and produce good results. There might never be a perfect workplace culture in which everyone is entirely courteous, food is never taken from the fridge and managers consistently check on employees well-being, but it’s important to try and find the best culture that you can.
Working around others who are polite, with senior staff who value you being there and treat you with respect can make you feel appreciated and that your time there is worthwhile, so if you’re working in an office version of Gossip Girl you may want to hit the road.
Working nine to ten
We’ve all been in a job or know someone who has where there has been an excessive amount of work to do, or so little that you end up doing Buzzfeed quizzes to find out what type of dog you are, (answer- Corgi) and finding the right workload balance can keep your mental well-being balanced too.
While it’s good for managers to know that you are hard-working and willing to go the extra mile when required, expecting you to consistently complete mountains of work that aren’t in your job remit isn’t fair and can lead you to feel more like a pack-horse than a valued staff member. This can be especially prominent if you are given extra tasks with no guidance on how to complete them or if you are never thanked for doing it, making this one of the main reasons you should change your job and find one with the right workload to keep you busy, but not too busy.
Money makes the world go around
Simply put, if you’re working in a job you dislike, where you feel under-valued or under-paid for the level of experience or qualifications you have then this may be one of the most important reasons why you should change your job. Likewise if you’ve worked in a position for a long time and have never been offered a promotion or have been offered the most minute pay increase for a much higher workload, don’t be afraid to shop around for other positions that offer a better wage or more benefits.
Poor management is another major reason why many people decide to switch jobs. No one likes a boss that doesn’t care what problems you’re having or a boss that is so absent that you find yourself wanting to say ‘I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. I don’t have money, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. If you fix the issue with the communal fridge, that will be the end of it – I will not look for you, I will not pursue you…but if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you…and I will kill you.’
Shockingly, Forbes quotes a Harvard Business Review Survey in which 58% of people said they would trust a stranger more than their own boss which goes to show how many people don’t feel valued by management and why if you’re in this position you should consider looking elsewhere.