Is it getting harder and harder to drag yourself out of bed to get to work each day? Or do you feel dreading Mondays when your weekend holidays are over? There are many tell-tale signs that you may be experiencing severe burn-out at work. But when do you know that it’s time for “greener pastures”? Here are some indications that a change of career may be the wise choice to do:
1.You can’t wait to get out of work: Are you often distracted by the tick-tocking of the office clock? Or have you been taking longer and more frequent breaks? When you start counting down the hours and minutes till you’re scot-free, chances are you’re not happy where you are.
2.Taking out your anger and irritability at home and work: Most workaholics unknowingly dump their aggravation and frustrations on the innocent, namely their co-workers or worse, their families. In an attempt to unload or express their resentment with their jobs, many find themselves fighting with their spouse or their co-workers for no apparent reason. When your nickname at home or at the office is “Grumpy”, it may be a good idea to take a breather and do a self-check to determine the root cause of your angst.
3.Your health is becoming compromised: Finding yourself having high blood pressure, frequent migraines, sleepless nights, and having drastic weight loss or gain? Watch out, this may be your body’s way of signaling S.O.S! These health issues are often indication of high levels of stress. If such instances occur often, consider visiting a physician and find out how you can improve your working conditions.
4.Frequent bouts of depression: Feeling under-appreciated is one way to lose interest in your work. Most especially if you feel that you’ve been doing your best and there is just no pleasing your boss. This can easily cause anyone to feel their morale slipping and therefore, make someone extremely unhappy in their working environment.
5.Losing interest in socializing at work: If you feel the need to skip company gatherings, or when a trip to the local pub with your work mates is no longer a pleasure but a chore, then it’s highly likely that you do not want your work to take up more time than it should in your life.
6.Helplessness and Self-doubt: Consider it a crisis when you constantly feel “stuck in a rut” or unable to move up or feel totally unfulfilled. Compounded with emotions of negativity, work can take a toll on one’s psyche making one question whether “is this all worth it?” or “is this all there is?”
7.Company Policies are no longer important to you: When you start making bogus excuses to miss work, calling in sick when you aren’t, or even just blatantly going against company protocol, then you are probably sick – no, not physically, but sick of your job.
8.You are subconsciously job-hunting: Whenever you keep a look-out for more interesting career opportunities, then consider taking the next step and shift to a more fulfilling job.
9.Mediocre outputs and a “who cares” mentality: It is a given that burned-out individuals no longer give their work their 100% as they literally do not care. Sadly, most people who suffer in their job, inevitably have their work outputs suffer as well.
10.Pay Issues: Lastly, if there is one thing that is key to a good worker, it’s to have him be a HAPPY worker. Nothing dictates this more than a job with a good remuneration package and excellent benefits. Most especially when it is extremely necessary such as for individuals with spouse and children. However, as the world is still recovering from a global recession, most people just consider themselves lucky to have a job at all.
If you are going through most of these, then it may be high-time for a change in your career. And remember, in deciding whether to stay or go, do so thoughtfully and carefully. Ultimately, it is you who will reap the rewards of your decision. Good luck!