It’s the middle of the workweek, yet you’re already counting down the hours until your weekend starts. You spend the last few minutes of the day staring at the clock, and when it goes to 5 p.m., you’re out of your workspace and heading towards the elevator in a flash. If this scenario seems very familiar to you, this could be a sign that you’re in the wrong job.
Being unhappy at your job can lead to stress, anxiety, and poor performance. Before making a decision to quit your job, take a moment and see whether you’re just going through a rough patch at work or if you’re truly miserable with your current job. As you spend most of your waking hours in the office, your job should provide you with a sense of well-being and satisfaction, and getting paid a lot of money shouldn’t be your only motivation for sticking with a job.
Here are the signs that you’re in the wrong job.
You’re thinking about being somewhere else all the time
When you spend Sundays dreading the work week or thinking about calling in sick to work, then it’s possible that you’re in the wrong job. You’ll know that you’re working for the right company when you’re looking forward to each day and can’t wait to be in the office.
You’re embarrassed about your job
Maybe your company has a bad reputation, or you simply avoid telling anyone about your job because you don’t feel that what you do makes a difference. Being employed is something to be proud of, so if you don’t genuinely love what you do, it may be time to start job hunting again.
You (or your loved ones) always complain that you’re working all the time
If you seem to be working all the time and complaining about it to anyone, or if your loved ones tell you that they barely see you anymore, you could be in the wrong job. There should not be a lack of work-life balance in your life just because you were promised a promotion if you deliver more than what’s expected of you.
You’re just working for the money
You took the job so you could support yourself and your family, but if you’re just in it for the money and you have no passion for what you do, then it may be time to switch gears. If you want to be happy while making a living, find out where your passion lies and make a career out of it. For instance, if you’re a good photographer, you may want to do that as a full-time job.
For more, check out Jobs & Hire’s report on the reasons why great employees quit.