7 Ways to Tell It’s Time for a New Job

From taking regular sickies to suspiciously long bathroom breaks, here are some hints you need to start looking for another job.

You hate your boss

Whether it’s your boss making your life a misery or you disliking everything they say, having constant negativity towards your boss isn’t healthy. From control freaks to indecisive managers, there are plenty of horrible bosses out there, so while this one isn’t entirely your fault, there are a few things you can do about it.

Speak to relevant people if you can and let them know the problem. If you enjoy the job and it’s possible to move to work under a different supervisor, that’s a good option. If your boss is really that bad, start browsing job sites.

You’re not challenged

If you’ve been stuck in the same role for years, hadn’t learnt any new skills since you started and can’t see any progression, it’s time to broaden your horizon.

A major factor in work satisfaction is feeling challenged and using your problem solving skills to overcome those challenges. If you can do your job with your eyes closed, you’re definitely not reaching your full potential.

If moving departments, promotions or training courses aren’t possible, professional development will have to come from your next job. So start looking.

You always take sickies

Sure we all get sick days to use, but it doesn’t mean you have to take them all. If calling in sick on Fridays or Mondays has become something of a habit, think about why you’re not going to work.

If you couldn’t be bothered or didn’t feel like it, it’s a sure fire sign you should get a new job. One you actually want to be at.

You’re excluded

It’s been 12 months and you’re still not invited to Thursday lunch club. Whether it’s intentional or not, chances are you haven’t made much of an impact or people aren’t seeing your value.

If inviting yourself along doesn’t help, there could be a colleague or boss who’s deliberately leaving you out of important discussions, emails and social events. So stop whingeing and find a workplace that values you and wants you around.

Sunday night / Monday morning blues

Feeling sick with dread about the work week ahead is no fun. Lots of people get down when the weekend is over, but for those who wake up dreading going to work it’s time to do something about it.

Getting the Sunday night blues can also mean losing some of your precious weekend to work stress, which is no way to live.

Even people who don’t love their job don’t always skip to work on Monday mornings, but if that feeling of ‘here we go again’ is mixed with anxiety and dread, then it might be time to do something about it.

There’s no motivation

If there’s no desire to finish the project, strive for a better result of respond to emails and phone calls, start thinking about new job prospects. There’s nothing worse than being in a job where it feels like you’re just going through the motions.

You’ve already mentally resigned, so rather than suck life out of the company and everyone you work with, think about what motivates you and go find a job that does.

You spend more than 5 minutes in the bathroom

Whatever you’re doing in there: Candy crushing, Facebooking or Snapchatting, it means you’re avoiding work and are probably bored. So get out of there and do what you’re getting paid to do, or find a job that’s busy and stimulating enough to not require bathroom escapes.