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3 Indications That It’s Time to Find a Better Job

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Jeff Cuellar

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It’s never easy to leave a company when you’ve developed close friendships with co-workers, or have a sense of “comfort” in your work – but you should never sacrifice your career prospects or your mental health for a job. Your co-workers would rather see you happier at a better job instead of banging your head against a padded wall at IMH.

Here are three good indications that it’s time to start finding another job:

Your Boss Tests Your Sanity

It’s normal to disagree with your boss occasionally – differences of opinion can even lead to improvements in your company, such as a change in business systemisation. Alternatively, an autocratic boss, who takes the Joseph Stalin approach to leadership, will leave you wishing you were at a gulag smashing rocks with a pickaxe instead of going to work.

If your relationship with your boss is at the point where there’s enough drama, miscommunication, distrust, and bitterness to make Game of Thrones look like a daytime soap opera – it’s time to move on.

Here are some obvious clues that your boss is trying to force you into an asylum:

  • I will manage your time for you: When your boss micromanages your every work detail down to your restroom breaks because he/she either can’t trust you or is afraid to give up control of a particular work process, it’s time to leave.
  • You are not in my circle of favourites: When your workplace runs like a medieval royal court where the king (your boss) only speaks to his royal circle (your co-workers) and not you because you’re a “peasant” in his/her eyes, it’s time to leave.
  • I scoff at your very presence: When your boss challenges every idea or suggestion at meetings with insults, disrespect, or pretends you’re not there, it’s time to leave.
  • I’ll give you a job unworthy of your talents: When your boss ignores your paper certifications that you worked damn hard to earn and makes you the office errand-boy, or worse, his/her personal minion, it’s time to leave.

 

 The Ship Is About To Go Down

 

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The boss says that we’re still afloat as a company. We just need to get used to sitting at a 45 degree angle from now on.

 

Imagine yourself in a ship’s engine room… sweat drips from your brow as you shovel coal into the furnace to keep the ship moving. You don’t care what the captain is doing – you’re too damn busy keeping the ship moving while he steers it. If your company’s “captain” makes a mistake and takes the business into say… a minefield, you won’t know until you are waist deep in water trying to find the way out.

Not the most comforting imagery, but this illustrates the shock workers face when their company goes under. So how can you tell if your company is headed for the big adios?

Here are some indications that can clue you into the inevitable:

  • Perks go bye-bye: If your regular business flights get downgraded from Singapore Airlines to Lion Air, or your company-funded pantry mysteriously runs dry, your company has a funding problem.
  • You become a renaissance man: If your company makes you a jack of all trades in the workplace (sales manager/IT manager/customer relationship manager) but doesn’t increase your pay for these additional duties, your company has a funding problem.
  • Are you an effective team: If your company hires “efficiency experts” (see Office Space scene) to evaluate what everyone does every day to justify layoffs, your company has a funding problem.
  • Sacrifices must be made: If your company requests that you take a pay cut, unpaid leave, or both “for the benefit of the company” (i.e. to prevent layoffs and bankruptcy), your company has a funding problem.
  • Sales have taken a big drop: If your buddy in sales or admin tells you that customer orders have dropped and sales targets are as unrealistic as reaching the summit of Mt Everest wearing nothing but surfer shorts, your company has a funding problem.

 

 You’re a Hamster in a Wheel

 

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I swear, sometimes I can’t seem to get anywhere in this damn company!

 

Do you feel like your co-workers are getting ahead even though you contribute more to your company? Or do you feel like the Sisyphus of your workplace – constantly accomplishing your daily tasks only to find yourself back at square one with no hope of a raise, promotion, or even a simple “thank you?” Congratulations, you’re in a dead-end job.

Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you’re in this position either because your boss tells you “things will get better” or you still have hope that your “break” will come soon. If you’re a dedicated employee and not someone who “hates their job,” only time will tell whether you’re at a dead-end or just need to find the right hand hold to climb higher.

Here are a few telltale signs that you’re stuck in a dead-end job:

  • Your boss promises like a politician:  If your boss promises you that you’ll get your hard-earned raise and promotion “once we have the budget” and makes the same promise a year later, you’re in a dead-end job.
  • Your skills aren’t being tapped: If you have skills that can help your company (ex. You have an English degree and offer to write your company’s press release, but your boss, who has the grammar of a 5-year old, ignores you and writes it instead) but your assistance is overlooked, you’re in a dead-end job.
  • You get typecasted: If it becomes apparent that you’re stuck in the same role at your company in the same way Tara Reid is destined to play a bimbo in B-grade movies, you’re in a dead-end job.
  • You become a zombie: If you’ve been doing the same job everyday to the point that you develop a hive mentality, lose your sense of individuality, and start to dream about doing something more, you’re stuck in a dead-end job.

A lot of the problems encountered in your working life can be prevented by taking a more cautious approach to choosing a job. In job hunting, it’s in your best interest to always be choosy about where you want to work. Follow us on Facebook, and we’ll continue to share essential information on how you can make sure as much as possible that you don’t end up working for the Singaporean equivalent of Jabba the Hutt.

 

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thebrianmeyer, joekenorer, market.america1, richwall100

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Jeff Cuellar

I'm known by many titles: copywriter, published author, literary connoisseur, ex- U.S. Army intelligence analyst, and Champion of Capua.