We spend such a large part of our lives working. It would seem a huge error not to be happy while doing it. Yet that is exactly what many of us put up with. The only person who can recognize this is you. You have to take the steps to change things. Perhaps if we could identify the areas of our discontent, we could begin to address them and take back some of our purpose. We could rediscover our direction and even start enjoying the one thing we do most of the time.
Here are the telltale signs you need to make some changes:
You Don’t like Your Colleagues
We are not disposed to like everyone. That is never going to happen. This is about a feeling of isolation, of being different. You seek the sanctuary of other people on a regular basis; you make excuses not to share lunch, go out. You feel isolated and alone.
Your Boss Doesn’t Respect You or Value Your Contributions
All bosses are clearly not created equally, but you don’t expect or get any praise or reward for the efforts you put in. Perhaps other colleagues get the glory while you slave away unloved and even unnoticed. It does not seem fair.
You Don’t Enjoy the Work You Are Doing
It might even seem pointless, or unworthy of your talents. Others around you don’t seem to have a problem with it, or maybe they just don’t let it bother them. It bothers you, and this might have an effect on some levels. Perhaps the work is not challenging you. Is your job stressful at times or tedious? Does it leave you overwhelmed or simply bored? Do you look at others and wish you had the skills or training to undertake their roles? Have you ever considered corporate leadership training, for example?
You Dread Going to Work
This one is a real shame. Believe it or not, there are many people who love what they do! They can’t wait to get to work and thrive on the challenges and reap the rewards. If you have ever found yourself on the bus or train or in the car wishing you were going somewhere, anywhere else instead, you need to make some changes. This is not how it is supposed to be.
There Are No Opportunities, and the Pay Is Inadequate
Some of us start out thinking that a certain job is okay. We bumble along until one day we look up and see for the first time that there is a wall around us that we can not see over. We have become trapped. When you feel this way, and the rewards are inadequate, it is time to leave.
We all might recognize some of ourselves in the above. Sometimes there are things we can do to change it. That might be all it takes. Ask yourself why these things are happening and have an honest inner discussion. Either take some steps to make some improvements. If not, remind yourself that this is not the way it has to be. There is a better, more fulfilling job out there. Your next job is to find it!