If there’s one thing 2020 has shown us, it’s how agile the business world can be, if necessary. The transition to a virtual workplace was virtually instantaneous – within a month, most organizations were operating in ways they never thought possible.
Change is a catalyst for growth. And when it comes to individual potential, change can even be your friend.
As an expert to help people be who they are and navigate their careers in a way that is aligned with what they do best and which gives them a purposeI know one thing is clear: the best way to achieve greatness is to be proactive with change, to know exactly when it is needed and not to hesitate to make it happen. However, most people just sit back and leave the power in the hands of their employer. They stay in their jobs until something (like an organizational restructuring or a pandemic) forces them to leave.
Waiting to leave until you’re asked to, or until things get so bad that you have no choice, is a suboptimal way to live your life. Not only can this negatively impact your well-being, it is also extremely ineffective. You are wasting precious time during which you could gain momentum in your career.
Here are six signs that your current job has reached its expiration date.
1. Work is no longer energizing, you don’t remember when it was and you have accepted things as they are.
Yes, work can and should invigorate you (most of the time). It is essential that this is the case – if not, how are you going to generate new and innovative ideas and put in eight hours or more of work per day? Losing the enthusiasm and energy for your job is a clear sign that it’s time for a change, whether it’s discussing and adjusting your responsibilities with your manager, finding a new role within your company. current business or move to a completely new organization.
2. You have an unhealthy attachment to your manager or colleagues and you don’t want to let them go
Noticing this requires keen self-awareness. If you really feel like quitting your job it means giving up on them, it’s a sign that your connection has gone beyond the professional, something you absolutely need to let go of.
The truth is, the success and happiness of others (and a business) is not specifically up to you, even if you do an exceptional job and bring great joy to the team. If their success and happiness depend on you, that’s their problem, and they need to figure it out. You are not indebted to them.
There is nothing wrong with being friends with your coworkers. But if they’re real friendships, it doesn’t matter where you work. Loving the people you work with may not be the only reason you stay at a job. Leaving the people you are bonded with can be difficult, but don’t let that stop you from being successful in your career and happiness.
3. You continually refuse or do not explore interesting opportunities that present themselves to you.
If you do this, ask yourself why. If something falls on your knees, you should at least find out more and see if it’s something you would like. What’s wrong with doing that? (Nothing.) Have fun with new opportunities and remember this: it is never unfair to know what is out there and to think about the future.
4. You think what you have is as good as it gets and no one else would hire you.
Ah, the negative chatter is again, eating away at your confidence. Here’s the thing: those beliefs aren’t true – at all. There is always a better situation to be found, and there are many employers who would be lucky to have you (and your experience) on their team.
Thoughts like these keep you from having dreams and honoring them, firmly believing in your worth, and ultimately achieving maximum success. If you’re struggling with self-esteem in your career, make a commitment to yourself to work on it. It’s something you can (and should) solve – your career path and your happiness depend on it.
5. You want a new job, but the job search is too complicated
Finding a new job isn’t easy, but listen to this: You can learn to love the job search. The first step is to change your perspective. See your job search as a learning opportunity. Talk to people who have jumped jobs and done extensive job searches, and read articles or books on the subject. As you progress through the process, take note of what you discover and apply what makes sense for your job search.
Job searches can learn a lot about yourself, the type of work you want to do, and the impact you want to have on the world. Being more aware of who you really are is always a good thing, so make sure you really pay attention and dig deep during your research.
6. The only reason you’re not leaving is because you’re afraid of change.
Yes, change can be scary. But it is a constant in life – and also in the careers of many people. As industries and labor markets change, you have the opportunity to grow with them. And you must, especially if your current job leaves you with feelings of misery, boredom, inferiority, or any other negative emotion you can think of.
Fear keeps you stagnant. Honestly, get stuck is scarier for me than trying something new. Learn to embrace change. It will set you free.
The bottom line: your career is about you. Not your employer. And if you need help, whether it’s removing the guilt of “leaving your team behind”, understanding why you’re afraid of change, building your confidence, or navigate in a job search, there are many career experts (and therapists) who can guide you.