Tell me, how many times are you going to let yourself get down about your job before you decide it’s finally time to end things? For me, it’s something I struggle with all the time.
I’m the type of person who will always try to keep my relationships going even when it’s not working – and a working relationship is no different. For some reason, I feel this sense of underlying loyalty that chains me even to a bad situation.
All that being said, it’s no reason to stay somewhere that adds zero value to you or your career.
Here’s the thing: you might have a solid job (on paper) with a great salary, good location and is exactly what you want to do but even the best employments become unbearable, especially when you’re surrounded by a horrible environment making your Monday to Friday a weekly form of torture. Maybe its a moaning colleague who perpetuates their bad mood around the office or it’s a manager who doesn’t take you seriously or doesn’t value you.
It’s naive of me to pretend that every job won’t come with it’s ups and downs but how can you know if this is just a rough patch or if you’ve fallen out of your job completely. Here are four different signs to look out for:
You dread going into work
Everyone has those Sunday night blues where the weekend has ended and you’ve got to get back into the grind.
But what happens when this is every night of the week?
There’s nothing worse than wanting to burst into tears when your alarm goes off each morning or even thinking about calling in sick (we’ve all done it) – but make no mistake, this isn’t normal.
While I’m not expecting you to jump for joy, getting yourself to the office shouldn’t feel like harder work than your actual job.
If it does? Do yourself a favor and find something that doesn’t take such a toll on your emotional well-being.
You’re constantly bringing negativity into your home life
Do you spend a lot of time venting to your partner? friends? family? About the latest drama or the fact Mandy left her dirty cutlery on the side instead of putting it in the dishwasher..
At some point or another the people you vent to are going to get bored of your whining and want you to do something about it.
Try sitting down and weighing up the good vs the bad. If the bad comes out on top.. you know what you have to do.
No matter how hard you try, you’ll just have no passion for your role anymore.
That is totally normal.
We’ve all been there – there is such a thing as slow days but what happens when the days are only slow because you can’t be bothered to actually do any of the work mounting up?
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a go getter and want to be challenged or a steady eddy arriving and 9am and leaving at 5pm. We can all get frustrated by mundane tasks which causes us to lose our passion for what we do!
Your work-life balance is non-exisitent
Being busy is a good thing, but if you’re constantly taking your work home with you – whether on your laptop or in your head – you risk getting stressed out.. not to mention pissing off your other half when he wants to chat about your day but all you can think about is that email you never sent or that event you’ve got coming up.
It’s ironic, I know..
How can you hate a job but still let it consume you. A great job (and work environment) will allow you to have a work-life balance, which means being able to switch off when you need to. On the odd occasion I’ve bickered with my other half because the first time we get to see each other is when we’re getting into bed.
My best advice is don’t let your work overtake your personal life. Keep doing the things you love – whether it’s running a bubble bath, catching up on that cheesy soap or even going to the gym. It’s so important for your mental health!!
Did I miss any? Comment and share your alarm bell signs that you fell out of love with your job!