Not all companies and workplaces are created equal. The great work environment you find in one might be entirely missing from a similar company in the same field. Or you might just discover that you and the company you’re in are not a good match.
Below are five indicators that your current work situation is unhealthy for you and it could be best to look for an alternative situation.
Your company is no longer aligned to its values
If your company starts cutting corners, rejects excellence and settles for mediocrity, or makes every decision based on the bottom line it might have turned its back on its values in order to maximize profit.
Your life is focused on work to the detriment of other aspects of your life
Are you staring at your work email during dinner with your family or working on that spreadsheet during your daughter’s dance recital? If so, work just might be intruding into your personal life causing unnecessary stress to you and your family.
You are unable to share your true opinions at work
When you attend meetings with your manager, your team, or company-wide, do you feel free to share your opinion, especially if it runs counter to conventional wisdom? If you find it difficult being honest with your colleagues and managers, it might be time to look for something new.
Decisions are made by many levels of decision-makers
In other words, nothing gets done because there are too many hands in the pot, too much bureaucracy, or too many layers of decision-makers. This is a great way to kill individual initiative in employees and destroy morale.
You begin to feel anxious about work on Sunday afternoon
Sunday afternoon and evening should be a time to begin to return your attention work and is a perfect time to consider your plans for the week ahead. But if you are filled with apprehension about heading to work the next day this common experience is giving you a clear message: you don’t like your job and it is time to consider something else.
These indicators can provide you with some clues about your current work environment and suggest whether it might be time to look elsewhere.
Previously published on STAND Magazine
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