7 Signs You’re Not Happy In Your Job
Starting to feel unfulfilled at work? When we’re spending a third of our adult lives at work, it’s important to make sure we’re content, satisfied and get a sense of gratification in what we do.
Most of us have experienced that feeling of ‘living for the weekend’, and dread going to work on Monday morning. Let’s face it, nobody wants that.
“As long as you are getting to do what you love and getting paid to do it, it's the best feeling.” - Varun Sharma
It’s often difficult to know whether the problem is the job that you’re doing, or the company that you’re working for. You might feel as though you no longer love the work that you do, but it could be that you’ve fallen out of love with the company you’re working for. It’s important to remember that every company operates differently, so how you feel working your usual job in one company could be completely different to how you feel doing the same job elsewhere.
How do you know whether it’s the company or the job that you’re no longer in love with?
In order to feel satisfied with our lives and our jobs, it’s important to dig deeper to find out what we’re unhappy with in the first place. We’ve outlined some of the most common reasons people feel a sense of being unfulfilled, and hopefully show you how you can make the necessary changes to start feeling better about your job, and the passion you had when you started. So, if you are starting to feel a sense of unfulfillment, we want to help you make a positive change.
First sign: Procrastination
Procrastination can be really damaging to your career. When you procrastinate, your performance suffers. Procrastination happens to the best of us, but there are many reasons why we procrastinate.
The main reason that procrastinators tend to put things off is down to one thing: negative emotion. It would be obvious to say that people want to do more of what makes them feel good, and less of what makes them feel bad. When we’ve got a list of tasks that don’t bring us enjoyment or make us feel good, we avoid it.
Whether that’s because the task is boring, uncomfortable, frustrating or brings a sense of difficulty, these are all reasons you might be putting things off. It’s time to address why you’re procrastinating, and then you’ll know more about what you need to do next.
Second sign: The Monday morning fear
You might dislike Monday mornings full-stop. But, if you find yourself having to drag yourself into work every morning, this is a pretty positive sign that you’re not happy in your job.
With our jobs taking up so much time in our lives, it’s likely that if you’re feeling this sense of hatred for your job, your unhappiness will seep into other areas of your life. You’ll start to notice you’re disconnected from family and friends and you find yourself always speaking negatively. Once you’re in this loophole of feeling rubbish every morning, it’s definitely time to change.
Third sign: Clock watching
Wondering why every work day feels as though it’s 48 hours instead of 8? That’s probably because you’re not enjoying your work.
We’ve all heard the saying “time flies when you’re having fun”, and there’s a reason it’s so popular… because it’s true! If you’re finding the days are constantly dragging, there’s a strong possibility you’re not enjoying the work that you’re doing. Whether that’s down to the job itself, or the environment you’re working in, something’s got to change.
Fourth sign: Lacking passion for your work
Everything feels like second nature. Your skills aren’t being tapped into. You’re starting to feel stale. All of these things are going to make you feel as though you don’t love your job anymore. When you get into the same old routine of what you’re doing every day, and your employer isn’t encouraging personal development, it’s likely you’ll not pick up any new skills and start to lose passion for what you do.
Fifth sign: You’re constantly stressed
Okay, so we’re all a little stressed sometimes and that’s fine. A little bit of stress can make a lot of us work better under pressure and stick to deadlines. However, if you constantly feel as though you’re stressed and talking negatively, it’s time to address why. A high level of stress will (without a doubt) seep into your personal life and start to negatively impact your personal relationships… something you really don’t want. If your job is making you feel stressed 100% of the time, it’s time to ask yourself whether it’s your job or the company you work for.
Sixth sign: You dislike the people you work with
We’re not saying that you have to get on with everyone at work to enjoy your job, but it’s a good benchmark to work from. If you find that you don’t get on with anyone, especially your boss, it’ll be a rapid decline to feeling useless at your job. Again, this is a classic case of not enjoying the environment you’re working in, as opposed to no longer enjoying the job itself.
Seventh sign: Physical health is impacted
Work-related issues can affect our physical health as much as our emotional and mental health. Issues around work, such as job dissatisfaction, stress, income can all cause distress. Poor physical health can lead to an increased risk of developing mental health problems. Similarly, poor mental health can negatively impact on physical health, leading to an increased risk of some conditions. Therefore, feeling stressed at work is important to identify so that you don’t have a detrimental effect on your physical or mental health.
Ultimately, as soon as you start questioning whether you’re in the right job, it’s important to talk to someone about it. Talk out the current issues you’re facing and decide whether it’s your work environment, or the job itself before making a decision on what you can do next.