Sometimes you can’t put your finger on a problem, and maybe that’s because you’re doing all you can to look at a situation with ‘glass half-full’ eyes. The thing is, if there are persistent problems in your workplace, no amount of positive thinking is going to change that. It might keep you bobbing along in denial for a while, but, ultimately, the outcome will be the same: it’s just not right for you.
If you’ve got a niggling feeling the grass might be greener, here are a few ways to see if it actually might be the case.
There’s nowhere higher you can go
Progression is a huge motivator when it comes to a job. You won’t stay in the same role forever, and once you’ve mastered your job, getting a bit uncomfortable and learning new skills is what will actually keep you motivated to come in every day. It might even be the case that there is a job you could progress to, but you’re not interested in it.
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In that instance, tech entrepreneur Daniel Gulati says it’s lose/lose. “Your hungrier peers will soon pass you, creating more job dissatisfaction,” he explains. Look carefully at the opportunities above you – if there aren’t any, you might consider going somewhere that has more room for growth.
You’re not given the chance to contribute
A survey performed by the American Psychological Association uncovered that employees who feel valued are “more likely to report better physical and mental health, as well as higher levels of engagement, satisfaction and motivation, compared to those who do not feel valued by their employers.”
Feeling like you’re part of the bigger picture and being able to contribute is a major player in you feeling valued by your company, so if you can’t get a foot in the door when it comes to the company vision, maybe it’s time to find a place that will let you nudge in.
Your boss is terrible (and isn’t planning on leaving)
Ever heard the phrase, ‘one bad egg can rot the whole barrel?’ The thing is, no matter how satisfying your work is, a superior who doesn’t acknowledge your talents or hard work is enough to make your day-to-day a living hell. You might hold onto hope that they’re just one part of the job, but if they aren’t planning on moving on, maybe it’s worth considering whether you should.