Is 2017 the year you’ll land a new job? For many women, changing jobs can dramatically improve every other aspect of their lives, from health to relationships. However, how can you tell if you need a new job or simply need adjustments to be happier in your current position?
Most employees are unhappy about lack of recognition, lack of visibility, latitude issues, unaddressed conflict, and poor feedback loops, according to a Forbes report. Some of these arenas are largely in your control, but may require uncomfortable confrontations. There are established best practices for confronting your boss or addressing a problem you’re having with a project or client, for example, but sometimes it’s just time to move on.
Here are the top signs that you’re ready for a job change in the coming year:
- You dread going to work every day – and have for a while. Nobody loves their job all the time, but if the commute to work is the bane of your existence, there’s probably more going on than “just” an issue or two that can be handled. If your whole body is telling you to retreat, from actively despising the arrival to feeling under the weather every Sunday night and Monday morning, changing jobs might be in your best interest. Most people spend the majority of their waking hours at work. Do you really want to spend that time so unhappy?
- Your relationship with a boss/colleague you work with regularly is just too dysfunctional. Should you have to quit your job just because someone you work with is a monster? No, but if there’s been severe conflict for a while, you’ve tried to resolve it and can’t, and it’s clear they’re sticking around, you have two options: Put up with it or leave. In extreme cases, it’s sometimes best for you to walk away rather than force any relationship (including professional).
- You’ve been passively job hunting for a while. This goes double if you’re regularly job hunting, even if you’re “just looking,” while on the clock. One of the best ways to tell if an employee is about to turn in their notice is to catch them looking at job postings. Window shopping often leads to a genuine purchase.
- You’re underpaid. Could you make better money, enjoy a shorter commute, or snag better perks elsewhere? Have you already talked to human resources or your boss about a raise and you didn’t get anywhere? The economy is relatively stable, and it’s key job hunting season for many. The major holidays are over, and companies are looking to bring fresh hires on board. If you could get paid more or otherwise secure better perks, why aren’t you?
- You’re more active on LinkedIn. Similar to job hunting, spending more time on LinkedIn or another professional-centric site (including your professional site/blog) means you’re managing your reputation in preparation for a move. It’s your way of grooming your online profile to be more attractive to job hunters, although continuously updating your LinkedIn profile is a good idea for any professional. It’s much easier to update as necessary rather than as one big project. Recruiters are scouring such sites for the best new talent, and when you actively start job searching you can initiate contact, too. Just make sure your profile is in keeping with the latest best practices.
Happiness and productivity are innately related, according to numerous studies. The happier you are at work, the more productive and successful you’ll be, and so the cycle continues. You’re not doing anyone any favors staying in a subpar situation, including yourself. Make this the year you seek change for the better.
Ms. Martinez believes that while women have made many advancements toward “shattering the glass ceiling,” there is still much to be done. It is her aim to help increase the number of women-led businesses by educating others about the topic.