7 Tell-Tale Signs It's Time to Find a New Job in 2019

March 06, 2019

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The winter weather may not be the only factor influencing your mood. A lack of motivation or disinterest in your current role could signal unhappiness at work.

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If this sounds familiar, keep reading to discover seven key signs it may be time for you to find a new job in 2019.

1. You Dread Going to Work

It’s hard to enjoy a Sunday afternoon when all you can think about is the impending work day on Monday. Not only are you not excited to go to work, but you have that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach.

Dread, anxiety, and nerves may be causing you unhappiness. It’s normal to feel a little nervous before a work day, but this anxiety shouldn’t be an all-consuming thought.

2. You Aren’t Working

You show up every day, but you find yourself putting in minimal effort to complete tasks. Your work responsibilities are no longer important to you. There are no milestones or goals for you to accomplish, and you spin your wheels all day until it’s quitting time.

Your productivity is at an all-time low, and a lack of motivation to complete tasks has led to a sharp decline in your work ethic. If you find yourself being less productive at work, it may be time to look for a new and exciting opportunity you can feel passionate about.

3. You’re More Stressed than Usual

Stress manifests itself differently in different people. Maybe you’re eating more than usual or, alternatively, not eating enough. You might find yourself easily irritated by family members and coworkers or perhaps your stomach is always in knots.

Occasional work stress is a normal part of having a job, and some people even thrive in a high-pressure environment. However, feeling stressed all the time is mentally draining. It’s time to look for other opportunities where work stress won’t have such a negative impact on your mental well-being.

4. Your Job Dissatisfaction Is Your Only Topic of Conversation

You have something on your mind. Every conversation with friends and family circles back to your dislike for your job. The dominant topic of conversation involves the complaints and laments of your workday.

Conversations about work should be productive, highlighting the motivating challenges of your job and professional goals you’re achieving, not your ongoing unhappiness.

5. You Don’t Feel Challenged

When you review the time you’ve spent in your role, you realize not much has changed. Everything looks as it did on day one, causing you to feel like you haven’t advanced or been challenged to push professional boundaries. Lacking the opportunity to take on additional responsibility can build feelings of hopelessness.

An employer should offer a road map for you to advance in your professional career.

6. Your Sleep Patterns Are Disrupted

Sleep is crucial for keeping your mind and body healthy, yet you can’t remember the last time you slept through the night. Your brain is trying to tell you something.

Waking up during the night, having difficulty falling asleep, and having work nightmares are symptoms of job-induced stress, which disrupt and worsen your work situation. When you’re fighting the feeling of fatigue every day, every task becomes a challenge.

This is a tell-tale sign it’s time for a new job.

7. You’re Dreaming about a New Job

Thoughts of quitting and finding new employment have become more prominent each day. A dislike for your job, your coworkers, or your boss are at the forefront of your mind. Although these thoughts have popped up before, you’ve found yourself starting to give them real momentum. You can’t shake the feeling. This is a strong indication that it’s time to begin the job hunt.

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Lee Sitarz

Lee Sitarz

Lee earned a degree in marketing from York University, which has helped her succeed in various roles in the staffing industry. She has over 20 years of progressive staffing experience including Branch Management, Sales, Operations, and Marketing. Lee is active at giving back to her community, and spends her down time with her husband and three beautiful daughters.

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