It is a well known dilemma, you have been at your company for a few years, you have not made any progress, but you are comfortable at work. Should you really look for something new and interesting or stay where you are not being challenged and counting the hours until Friday comes along? Here are 5 reasons why you should think about changing your job.
Lack of Career Development
You have not made any progression within your company for the last couple of years. You have not been given any praise from your manager and your work is tedious. All the exciting and new projects are given to other team members. If you find yourself in this situation, it is time to move on.
Money is not everything, but it certainly does help pay the bills. If you are struggling to make ends meet, it might be time to think about a new job. If you have the capacity, you might want to take on some extra work while continuing to go to your full time job. However, this may just be a short term fix and can be quite tiring to keep up on a permanent basis. If you are looking for a salary increase, the quickest way to achieve this is to change jobs. However, choose your sector wisely. In the UK for example working for the government means you will be paid less than if you were working privately.
Work Life Balance
You have been working long hours for months and have not spent much time with family or friends. Your life should not always be about work (unless you are running your own business). If you have been putting too many hours in the office and not getting any reward in terms of salary or promotion, it may be time to start looking elsewhere. There are always lots of other companies out there in the market who will value your skills and experience so do not be afraid to leave.
For those who have been in their job a few years, put in too many hours, are not rewarded, then you may lose motivation. It is not good for you or your company to be in a position where you do not feel motivated to work. If you dread going into office everyday and you start looking into the holiday brochures designed to distract people from their work and encourage them to go on vacation, it may be time to start looking elsewhere.
If the company culture has changed or you no longer get on with your manager, it may be difficult to stay at your job. Although having a manager that you do not get along with should not impact your work, it more than often does. If you are not getting the support you need and every day is an uphill struggle you may want to think about moving to a company where your work is valued and respected.