Deciding to leave a job is a significant moment in your career.
Naturally, we all go through periods of having exciting projects on at work which make us fall in love with our roles again; and times when finding motivation is harder.
But if the thought of the end of the weekend and another week in work fills you with dread, this could be a sign that something is seriously wrong.
Either you’ve outgrown your ServiceNow role, your workplace has become toxic, or you realise that your passions lie elsewhere in a different position or with a new company with different values. There are some signs to look out for which indicate that it’s time to look for a new job.
Deciding on a career move can be a daunting thing, and that’s why many people try to ignore the warning signs that they should move on.
Today, we share the six undeniable signs it’s time to look for a new job (and how to find one).
You Dread Going to Work
Everybody gets the case of the Monday blues. However, if you do not look forward to going to work or anything work-related, it might be time to quit.
Have you found yourself stopping off for a coffee to delay getting into the office; have you started taking the longer route to work; does the thought of work in the morning keep you from sleeping at night?
Of course, many more of us are working from home now, and so the physical act of going to work might soon become a thing of the past in many roles.
But this feeling of dread can become present in morning Zoom meetings, when you’re on a conference call or any time work-related messages pop-up on your screen.
A sense of dread when you think about your job is not normal – if this is happening to you, it’s time to make a change.
There will be a job in the market that will excite you! It’s time to find that role rather than dreading going to work in your existing job.
There Is No Advancement
Have you been at the same company working the same position since you first got the job? If there seems to be no advancement for your career in your current job role, it is time to start looking elsewhere.
Most people will have a promotion or a change of job title within 4 years of working in their job. You want to commit your time and energy to a company that will support the growth of your career. If this is not the case, and you feel stuck in your career, you should look elsewhere.
You Are Not Learning
Your job should challenge you and improve on your core skills. As well as providing you with the opportunity to learn new ones.
There should be opportunities where you are learning, for example, signing up for a course or asking to be involved in new tasks or projects.
If these opportunities do not exist in your current job, it is a sign that the company is not serious about investing or nurturing your career development.
You Fell Disconnected From Your Role
High employee engagement is a characteristic of all excellent employers.
Great ServiceNow employers will ensure that you have the right amount of work to do; that you’re not overworked or frequently find yourself with few tasks and unsure what you should be doing.
You should feel a passion and drive for your role, and a connection to your team and your employer which makes you want to give your best to the job – it was probably there when you applied for this position.
But over time, inadequate management can lead to employees feeling disconnected and then eventually stop caring. It is hard to find enthusiasm for your role when you have become disconnected. Will you ever trust that your employer truly cares about you even if things change in the short-term?
You are procrastinating
It is normal to procrastinate when working. We are not productivity machines!
However, if you find yourself procrastinating most of the day it means you do not find your job engaging. In this case, you need to consider whether your job is a good fit for you.
You are Taking Extra Sick Days
Taking extra sick days, or taking holidays simply to get away from your job is a sign that something is wrong.
It is estimated that 12.7% of all sick days are taken due to mental health problems, which can often be attributed to your current role in the first place.
If your mental health is being affected due to your job, first speak to your manager. They have a duty of care to you to ensure that your position is not causing you harm. Sadly, if the problems are out of your manager’s control, and they continue, it might be time to look for an employer who has an excellent wellbeing reputation.
Negative Work Environment
A negative work environment is toxic.
Having a great relationship with your boss and your colleagues is never a given in any role. It’s always a nice added bonus when you find a role you love, and you get on with your team.
But negative relationships with the people you work with every day can quickly become draining, and they can turn a once dream job into a nightmare situation. If your co- workers are constantly complaining and your boss is unhappy or unfair in the treatment of workers, it is hard to be happy. A pessimistic atmosphere can also kill your passion for your job.
There should always be avenues you can explore before it gets as serious as leaving for a different company, but sometimes that’s what it takes.
Toxic workplaces are sadly more common than you might think. Although your job might look great on paper, if your boss regularly puts you down, and the atmosphere in the workplace is continually negative and is holding you back from success in your job role and your whole career, it’s time to find a company where you not only feel fulfilled but also happy.
You are being recruited
Are recruiters reaching out to you with job offers?
Offers that include room for advancement and a better work environment? It may be time to explore these new job opportunities and start applying.
You’re Being Underpaid
48% of employees feel that they are underpaid for the work they do – does this sound familiar?
When you start a job, the expectations might have been clear. What commonly happens in ServiceNow workplaces is that over time, and as you become more experienced within the organisation, you are tasked with more and more duties.
And your remuneration rarely increases with the amount of extra work you are now expected to do.
It might be a simple case of your manager not realising how much extra outside of your role you are taking on – but this again is poor management on their part.
Suppose you are increasingly given extra tasks or are performing managerial duties and your employer tells you that you are not going to be paid any extra for it. In that case, this is a sign that your employer is taking advantage of you.
Not all ServiceNow employers behave like this – now should be the time to find one who doesn’t.
Suffering Health and Personal Life
Job stress and dissatisfaction can lead to insomnia or depression. That is why it is important not to sacrifice your health for a job. If you are miserable when you come home due to your job, you should start looking for a new job.
You Feel Undervalued
Aside from being paid a fair wage for the work you do, it is also important that you feel emotionally valued and supported by your manager and your colleagues.
Signs that you are being undervalued by your current employer include:
- your work is overlooked
- your performance and pay reviews are continually pushed back
- you’re not trusted to have autonomy in your role
- those around you are promoted, and you get left behind
Being undervalued can be a sign that your current employer is not going to support you in your career and that things are unlikely to change. Unless the entire company has a management shake-up – but you don’t have to wait for this to happen.
Next Steps and Advice
Many people stay in roles that are making them severely unhappy and impacting on their mental health because they believe there is no other option for them.
The truth is there are always other options; you just might not know where to find them – and that’s where we come in.
Speak to a dedicated recruitment company they will be able to offer advice and options. They can put you in touch with new potential employers and organise interviews for you. It is good to have another job lined up before quitting unless you want a break between jobs.
Our advice is not to burn bridges at your current job. Do not vent to them about the reasons you are leaving or show your anger. You should simply state you are leaving to seek new opportunities.