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Signs of a career shift

There is a lot of talk about work-life balance and how to navigate between the two. While your life outside the work is as important, it is important to pay attention to small signals, suggesting it is time to change your working experience.

These signs are necessary to notice for both employees and employers. Because everyone can relate that happy worker put into healthy working environment help business to thrive.




Money is the only motivator
When your list "Things I work for:" consists of one line, "paycheck", it is a red flag! By the way, the size of the salary is not principal. Highly-paid but exhausting work is likely to get you to burn out. There is just very little energy coming from things that do not light you up. At this point, it would be good to ask yourself: "if I didn't have to worry about where to get the money, would I continue to work here?" Check with yourself and your boss or manager if there are more opportunities for your skills and interests to find reflection in the work you do.




You are not proud of your work and generally don't like to talk about it
If we really like something and cause strong emotions, we strive to tell everyone about it. The opposite situation, accordingly, hints that something is wrong. Since you are doing this, it must be bringing fulfilling emotions. Or maybe you do not feel proud of your company's product or service you provide to the world? In case these feelings are vital for you and you don't receive it at the end of the working day, it might be the moment you initiate the change at work. Or change the job itself.




Your achievements are not appreciated
Is it the norm to do what you do to the best of your ability? Are your work and contribution taken for granted? Do you find yourself believing that you are mediocre and insignificant? This can happen because you are not doing what you like. Thus, your maximum against the background of other people may look like an average result. Also, check if the company culture sets clear goals and means of achieving that resonate with your team and you. If not, it might be time to address this issue alongside your boss and co-workers. Or find the place where nurturing a creative environment is a priority and the company's values help articulate what it means to succeed at work.




You are always looking for a reason not to work
You are easily distracted from work, daydreaming next to your computer screen, or would instead go to watch the grass grow under the office window than fulfill your duties. If procrastination is already gradually becoming your profession, then it is better to change something. Talk to your employer to get to the root of these behavioral patterns and consider quitting. This step is fair for your company and faithful to your personal needs.




Work worsens your mental and physical well-being
This is actually one of the most worrying symptoms. When you are frighteningly often sick, this means that your body is trying to signal that something is wrong. When it comes to this, first, let yourself have a proper rest. Then, when you are calm and reasonable, get to the list of things that exhaust you and weigh it against job benefits. And once your current situation at work is clear to you, make the decision to change or walk away. Remember, no job can replace your health! 




You don't feel like you're growing, or maybe you just don't want to
If the occupation is fascinating to you, you will strive to do your job even better. Eventually, you will be given more complex tasks, which will also help to grow. If you are stuck at the same level, either you are hardly interested in the occupation, or there is no room for your growth. Vocalize your needs, speak to the team members about your opportunities. If you still struggle with new challenges and can't wait for the weekend, then further the way is only upward (to freedom). Set your goals for growth and move on to the next job offer.


Resume
Finding a dream job is hard. And it's not a fact that you won't get bored with it either. Listen to how you talk about your activities, what emotions it evokes in you, and how you feel every day. Your well-being is a priority, not an egocentric need. The feeling of fulfillment and pride only contributes to the quality of your work and your life in general, consequently leading to your company's success.