In a competitive world where there can never be enough opportunities, professionals tend to burn out, and often in a job they are not even happy in. Despite hardships with uncooperative colleagues, lack of personal time, or poor salary, the hope is that it will all be worth the effort. But there are some instances wherein you have to put your foot down for yourself to go forward.
Letting go of a job that promises financial security is not an easy decision, but making sure that you are doing your best – whether inside or outside the company – is essential for your own progress. For a quick check, consider the following aspects of your job, and if the answers satisfy you enough to continue what you are doing, or if it is a waste of time.
Toxic work culture
No job, no brand, no company is worth your self-respect and mental health. Unfortunately, some workplaces have an unhealthy culture of HR department ignoring complaints of ill-treatment from bosses, which induce anxiety and sometimes even depression. Since most of our waking hours are spent at work, colleagues by extension become an active part of our professional habitat; an unsupportive bunch can diminish your productivity. Even if you fall back on your targets, if you are repeatedly treated with public humiliation by the upper management instead of having civil conversations, no doubt that is the final straw.
Challenging your principles
Compromise is the rule of the day; but we all have our limits in adapting too. If you feel that complying with your company’s strategies (against your personal principles) will eventually lead to self-disgust, better nip it in the bud. For instance, if you are a lawyer working for a corporate company, and you feel that the company denies human rights to its employees, ask yourself how you can change it. And if you cannot change the status quo or take on the big bosses, and feels disturbed on a daily basis, that’s your time to leave.
Little scope for personal branding
Branding rules the world. You need to build your brand and make yourself stand out to rise in career. If you want to build you career, say, as a researcher, you need to be in an organisation that needs knowledge professionals in your field of expertise. Does your organisation provide you with the scope to showcase your potential? Unless you are planning a change of field, the company you work for plays a significant role in branding you, and upping your skills. Your branding tells future employers/clients that you are the right person to satisfy their needs.
No opportunity for growth
Do you want to do what your boss does? If you find the next level in your current job unappealing, there is no reason to stay. To understand the further step ups and possible promotions in your profile, seek advice from mentors and those who have gone through similar experiences. After all, sticking to age-old company traditions is a career killer. It is change that opens doors to new opportunities. Make change happen proactively. Work with the assumption that your role has to change every few years or you’re not working right.
Not enabling your ambition
Does your job help you achieve your dream for your career? The question here is whether you are proud of what you do, and whether you will be able to convince others of its value. You need to figure out what you want from your future career – whether its money, flexibility, or excitement. A detailed list of priorities can help you zero in on your ideal job. When you are in a job you are not happy in, you may not be able to give it your best efforts, which in turn will affect your confidence too.