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5 Signs that You Need to Look for a New Job
In today’s economy we all have one main fear: Job Security.
We all want to know that we can rely on our current workplace given our current situation to make ends meet and pay our many bills. It’s no myth that there are numerous individuals who feel that they are not truly satisfied with what they do; however they keep plowing through the day because it is their means of income and a way to pay the bills.
It’s no hidden fact that it is hard to find a job as well as maintain one, especially when we experience an economic downturn; which is a factor that we technically can’t control on an individual basis. However what we can control is what we do to make positive changes in our lives. Someone once told me ‘in workplaces there are two types of people, those who are comfortable with what they do, and are willing to do it until they retire, and those who are capable of bigger and better things.’ Essentially, as individuals we have to figure out what we are capable of and if we are willing to achieve it.
Below are some telltale signs, triggers if you may, that prove that you should pep up that resume and look for employment elsewhere. Do any of these apply to you?
1. Lack of job security
Lack of job security is the biggest red flag which may cause a person to stray, and is the forerunner in motivating people to jump ship. Most people wish to stay with a particular employer once they have landed that ‘ideal’ position. In an article written by Cassandra Jowett; Canadian youth value job stability, survey suggests, she references Canada’s Top Campus Employers Report, advising that retention and confidence on maintaining a position is crucial.
2. Being unhappy with your salary
Another key indicator to being unhappy in your employment, according to Canada’s Top Campus Employers Report, is salary expectations.The amount of salary earned to complete your job duties may not cut it for you in today’s world. You may feel that you are worth more of a dollar figure or your boss won’t sign off for that promotion or that bonus you are longing for.
3. Lack of opportunity for growth or career advancement
Our main focus after post secondary school, whether it was university, college or neither was to secure a job in a fast paced environment with one thing in mind; to potentially move up that ladder to eventually be able to feel a level of accomplishment for all that hard work. Career interests and goals as well as expectations for advancement are another important factor according to Canada’s Top Campus Employers Report.
We deal with enough stress in our day to day lives. I once heard a person say there are two things that keep people awake at night, the first being money and the second being health. With all that in mind it is definitely hard to focus on what’s important, our families and ourselves. Stress can really take a toll on the human body. See our posts on the Dangers of Chronic Stress and Tips on how to reduce stress. According to Desjardins Financial in a publication by the Psychology Foundation of Canada, in a survey sampling 1,500 Canadian adults, 18% of Canadians say work pressure causes them the most stress
- 43% of Canadians state that finances cause the most stress
- 17% say family matters and or problems, and;
- 16% say meeting their children’s needs is the main stress factor
According to the article: Understanding Stress written by Authors: Melinda Smith, M.A., Robert Segal, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D. stress can cause the following symptoms:
5. Lack of empowerment
This is probably the most underrated factor. Empowerment is the means by which an employee can feel empowered by their workplace to have trust in their abilities to not only carry out their daily duties, but a trust in their abilities to make those important judgement calls, for example taking on an irate client and turning it all around in the company’s favour. Therefore, taking the proverbial bull by the horns and showing that they can be a leader. This level of trust and loyalty leads to a feeling of appreciation and presents itself in the pride one takes in completing their duties.
In short; we all have to keep in mind that life isn’t easy for anyone, not even those who step into high power positions. You hold the key to unlock your potential, if there is no satisfaction in your current role or if you are unhappy the only person who has control over change is you!