Are you thinking about jumping ship?
If you’re thinking about it… it might be time to start exploring other options. There are many reasons why people start losing interest in their current role. You might not feel challenged enough, or your career path has taken a wrong turn.
As we grow it's natural for us to change our interests and goals, but how do you know if you are ready to change role? Think about your current situation, do you feel:
Stressed and tired?
Are you missing the spring in your step that you once had? Having sleepless nights? Finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning and dragging your feet to work?
These could be early warning signs that everything isn’t hunky-dory. Stress can affect your mood and your immune system, linking to low mood swings and affecting your performance at work.
So, maybe it’s time you start listening to your body, it’s trying to tell you something.
You don’t believe in the company anymore?
When you began working in your current role it seemed full of opportunities but your belief or confidence in the organisation isn’t how it used to be.
Maybe the company has made some strategic decisions that don’t sit well with you or there has been a restructure in management that you didn’t agree with. It could be that the company’s values don’t mirror up with your own values.
If you don’t believe in the company, then it might be time to start looking around for a new one that you can invest your time in and focus on.
You’re watching the clock
Did you used to grasp any opportunity to go the extra mile, stay late, take on extra projects? But you’re now doing the bare minimum and counting down the hours until you can go home?
You want to feel zealous in your job and take pride in your work, but you’ve lost the passion you once had. It may be that your job doesn’t challenge you enough or your employer doesn’t have a clear development plan for your progression within the business.
You want to feel motivated again so it might be a good idea to have a look at some roles that peak your interest.
Your skills don’t match up with your interests
Sometimes people get hired for things they’re good at, but they don’t necessarily like doing.
Maybe you’d prefer to be out meeting clients instead of sitting at a computer screen all day.
It’s okay to want to align your interests with your career, it’s not always easy to do but the longer you leave it, the harder it can be to switch as you become more and more specialised in a field that you don’t feel is right for you.
Work is a lot more satisfying if you love what you are doing so maybe try looking for a role that simulates your interests and personal goals.
You feel invisible
Do you feel that your opinions and contributions sometimes go unrecognised? Have you been ignored for a promotion or a new job opening? Maybe you feel others are taking credit for your hard work?
Is the dynamics of the team deteriorating and there is no communication within the office? You spend most of your time with your team, so the environment you work in must be a supportive and encouraging atmosphere.
If you have tried to change the tone of the office, but it still feels empty, then it may be time to find a company that already has the environment you will feel comfortable in.
You’ve grown out of your current role
The question you need to ask yourself is are you staying with the company because you are loyal to them, or hesitant to change roles? This could become a demotivating experience in the long run.
After time you start to develop new skills and may look to take on new challenges, but this might not be available in your current role. For you to grow and develop within your career, you might need to find somewhere that can provide that for you.
If you feel like you are experiencing all the above it may be time to start exploring your options for your growth and development.