When employees’ core values are out of sync, there are key signs of disengagement: decreased health, low productivity, complaining, inadequate nutrition, and lack of pride.
If you notice that your values do not align with the company’s culture or values, it may be a sign that you are not employed at a business that is the best fit for you.
The best way to determine whether your job is a good fit is to know your role in the company and the impact of your work on the company’s bottom line. Are you pleased with the way your skills are being utilized? Have you figured out how your role impacts the firm? If not, you’re most probably not a perfect fit for the position. Instead of leaving, look for a way to make the position match your strengths in a way that you feel like you impact the firm.
Employers frequently define job titles. However, these descriptions often do not fit the roles individuals actually perform. People fill jobs based on what they read in job descriptions, not what they actually do. Discuss what you think of the role and its differences from what you thought it would be. Once you are certain that the job is not what you expected, embrace it as a new opportunity to seek employment elsewhere.
When you are not able to derive joy from your work or when you cannot feel good about finishing a task or being happy when a new one is offered, you should recognize that your skills and interests are not appropriate for the job. You might, for example, experience negative effects such as apathy, sluggishness, or uneasiness about your work.
When your dedication to your career and contribution to the company no longer motivates you each day, you have thus far verified that you are in the wrong job. Family demands, a difficult boss, and other inconveniences may cause your passion for work and involvement to disappear. Look for any way to reenergize your enthusiasm. If not, it might be time to change jobs.
If you do not agree with the current operating procedure, it is important to bring up your views to your superiors. When you realize that the environment is not supportive of your unique perspective, you will know that you need to start job hunting. A structured environment that discourages dissenting thoughts and ideas is one that stifles creativity and development. Seek out your voice or a different workplace.
If your relationship with coworkers and management has become strained, this could be an indication that you should look for another job opportunity. Of course, there are always going to be differences of opinions and conflicts between employees and their superiors; however, if these conflicts have become personal or if they have gone unresolved for an extended period, it might be time to relocate your career path elsewhere.
If you experience any of the signs above, your current job may not be a good fit for you. If this is the case, you need to put in a resignation notice to your superiors in a timely manner.
Also, as you begin to search for your next job, read the Take Charge book by Norman Bacal. It will give you some guidance as you progress in your professional journey.
It’s important to pay attention to these signs and not ignore them. If you notice any of these signs, it may be time to move on to another, more fitting, job.