Let’s say you’re lucky to live up to the age of 85. You got your first job at the age of 20 and are planning your retirement at the age of 65. Now, if we do the math, the majority of your time – 45 years to be exact – will be spent at work. Recently, Jobstreet surveyed 10,143 Malaysian about their happiness at work and the result shows that only 30% of them can actually say they enjoy their jobs.
It shows that most people hate or are indifferent about what they do but spend most of their lives doing it. And if you’re currently slaving your way down to retirement, then you’re missing the point. Because only 80% of people in the world, will actually live to the age of 65. If you do get to the age of 65, on average, you’ll only have 15 more years left to live after you retire. What’s more, only 65% of people actually live until the age of 80. So, is it rational for you to hate something that you’re doing every day for the whole 45 years?
Here are five signs that you should leave your job or change directions:
1. You dread the Mondays and live on the Weekends
The clearest sign that you need is a change is how you feel about the work you’re doing every day. Are you constantly feeling depressed, misunderstood, or mistreated most of the time? Do you feel that the “real you” just can’t come out in this job, and the way you love to work isn’t honoured or respected?
What to do: Don’t be in denial about your feelings – they’re pointing you to a very real situation that needs to be dealt with. You don’t have to be miserable or lose your sense of self in order to be gainfully employed.
2. You feel that the company’s vibe is tainted with extreme toxicity
A job isn’t just about the functions and tasks you perform every day. A job, along with your success and joy in it, is shaped by a myriad of other factors including how the people around you (your boss and colleagues) react to a certain situation and subsequently how your organisation treats all of its staff. But more importantly, what can you achieve in your current role; are you growing, or the job is just deadening to you?
What to do: Take a step back and look at your job as a whole. Understand all the dimensions of it to get a clearer idea if you’re are right for this role.
3. You only love 10% of the job responsibilities
This is especially true when the skills you’ve been hired to use for your job aren’t a fit for what you’re good at. Sure, you have to start somewhere and every position has a variety of responsibilities that you won’t enjoy as much as others. And you may be “great” at, say, overseeing projects, but in reality, you may actually hate doing it. At the end of the day, what you’re good at is not the same as what you love doing.
What to do: Put aside the skills that you’re accustomed to and evaluate what you’re good at and enjoy doing most. If you really like the company, try and talk to your boss if you can switch departments and start from there.
4. You believe deep down that you’re meant for something bigger
Many people, particularly women, feel ashamed and embarrassed to admit that deep down they feel they are made for better things than their current role. They’re afraid this sounds boastful or arrogant to think these types of thoughts. But these thoughts and feelings are not something to ignore – they’re pointing to the fact that there is another direction waiting for you, one that will bring more joy, success, reward, recognition and satisfaction to your life.
What to do: If you feel you’re made for more exciting things, then you are. Don’t be ashamed of it or hide from it.
5. You feel that everything you do is meaningless or negative
Ask yourself, how do you really feel about the outcomes that your job supports? Do you love what you’re working on and do you feel it contribute values to the world? Or do you think that what your company is doing is actually wrong, unethical, unnecessary or even hurtful in the world? While that’s a bit extreme, the point is to know whether you truly believe what your company stands for.
What to do: No matter how hard you try to suppress it, you can never thrive or even succeed a tiny bit if you subconsciously oppose what your company is putting out in the world, or how they’re doing it.
In a nutshell:
If any of these signs strike a chord for you, it’s time to make a change, for you and your future. The key question is not “will you?” but “when will you finally honour what you know to be true about yourself?”. Think about it.