5 Telltale Signs You’re in the Wrong Job

Sometimes the signs that you’re in a poor work situation are unclear. After all, not every employee/employer misfit is as telltale as the 2011 comedy Horrible Bosses. So, we’ve put together five straightforward signs that you’re in the wrong job. Take a look and, if you find that one or more apply, it just might be time to start checking your FitScore with other companies!


1. You hate Mondays – and I mean hate

Let’s face it – no one is really head over heels for their Monday morning alarm. However, if you’d rather visit the doctor for a tetanus shot than go to work on Monday morning, it’s a good sign you’re working at a company where you’re talents are going unsupported. People in the right job are excited to return to their working environment because their work makes them feel good. It’s that simple.


2. You can’t relate to your coworkers

We are innately social. Even those of us who are predominantly introverted still require human interaction in order to survive, let alone thrive. So if (barring situations of recent employment) you only know a small handful of others you work with, or you feel like your colleagues are from another planet, there’s a good chance that you’re not in a employment culture that jives with your personal values. Take some time to really focus on building relationships with your colleagues. If there’s been no improvement after a month, it may be time to start looking for something new.


3. “Jealous” describes how you feel abouteveryone else’s job

We all get a case of the “greener pastures” syndrome every once in a while, but if you’ve recently found yourself daydreaming about the pizza delivery man’s freedom or your barista’s endless creative opportunities, it’s probably more than just a phase.  But being jealous of others’ occupations isn’t a bad thing, so use it to your advantage by taking a deep dive into what exactly it is that you’re jealous of. Doing so can help you shape your next career move into one that will bring more personal satisfaction.


4. You’re convinced that time actually stops in your office

When you’re doing something that challenges, inspires, and engages you, time won’t stop. In fact, it won’t even slow down! Instead, you’ll look up and suddenly realize that everyone else has already vamoosed for the day. So if you find yourself painfully watching the second hand on the clock day after day, you’re probably doing yourself and your employer a major disservice.


5. If they tripled your salary, you’d still want out

Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it can impact it. So ask yourself this: how much would it take for the emotional burdens of your job to be drastically reduced? Perhaps the source of your dissatisfaction really is that you’re just not making enough, in which case you should be seeking out promotion opportunities or making the case for why you deserve a raise. However, if for all the money in the world you still wouldn’t want to be where you are, it’s time to check out the job boards.


Our occupations are not meant to define us. However, they do naturally shape a large part of our lives. If you don’t feel as though you’re getting the most out of your career, it may be time to take a leap and start seeking out an alternative path.

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