Carole Nicolaides

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Here are the signs that tell you it might be time to change jobs.

When Is It Time to Change Jobs?

Is this typical of your present condition: you're constantly complaining about everything and everybody at your office, you don't feel good, your energy level is at it's lowest and the fun of work seems to have fallen into a long winter's sleep? What's wrong with you? Don't worry. It isn't contagious.

If you spend the majority of your time at a job where you don't like your manager then don't be surprised if you're feeling this way. Job stress is a powerful force that can affect your body and your family. It may be time to change jobs, or even careers.
Millions of people swear everyday that they are going to find the "perfect" job. Yet many of these same people remain at their present jobs year after year. You wonder why that is, especially with businesses looking eagerly for anyone who has a few years of experience and the right attitude. Maybe it's fear of change. Maybe it's fear of the unknown. There are a multitude of reasons. It is quite possible that your "symptoms" are due to job stress.

Let me encourage you to open your eyes and see that you are not doing yourself or your family any good by staying at a job that does not motivate and encourage you to be your best. Deciding to make a vocational move is a life-changing event. Don't take that decision lightly.

Below are a few insights that can help in identifying whether it is time for you to change your department or your job.
It may be time to consider a new position if:

1. You're Unsatisfied With Your Manager
As far as complaints go, this one comes first with most people. Many people are in search of an empathic and encouraging manager that will listen to them and support their development. This is not an unreasonable request. If your manager is consistently downgrading you, discouraging you or even taking actions to prevent your success, it may be time to consider leaving. Make arrangements, if you can, to speak with your manager about the situation. If you discover that he/she is unwilling to change, perhaps a position in another department, or with another company, is in order.

2. No Sign Of the Company's Direction
You notice signs of trouble and rumors are floating freely through all departments. While rumors always need to be taken with a grain (or two) of salt, it is important that employees be kept abreast of the company's position. A lack of information is never a good sign. When managers can't provide a clear sense of company direction - or when they withhold information pertaining to company financial standings - it could be due to economic trouble. While I don't encourage abandoning your organization based on a few rumors, I would encourage you to look into the matter further to determine if your position is in possible jeopardy.

3. No Camaraderie
People aren't normally loyal to companies. Most are loyal to people. When there is a lack of camaraderie in your department you naturally feel alone. This can lead to a negative attitude, lack of productivity and an increase in mistakes. Working with several people you don't appreciate is very stressful. If this is your situation, and you haven't been able to find an acceptable way to resolve it, you might consider a change.

4. Extreme Office Politics
Office politics and hidden agendas can produce an enormous amount of stress, whether you participate or just observe. Many times ordinarily exceptional employees find themselves trapped by others whose only desire is to climb the corporate ladder as quickly as they can. Depending on your individual situation, it may be best for you to move to another organization or to move to another department within your company.

5. Lack of Rewards
Periodic raises, increased benefits and corporate perks are the usual rewards for a job well done. A lack of rewards not only produces less funds in your pocket, it also contributes to stress, negative attitude, lack of enthusiasm and lowered morale. If you are not receiving the salary or benefits you were promised, or have not received adequate increases for several years, talk with your manager. If the result isn't to your satisfaction, it may be time to consider moving on.

In almost every instance listed above, the mention of stress is present. Job stress is a hazard that is difficult to deal with. It contributes to physical, emotional and psychological problems. You're health and well-being are more important than any position. If job stress has become an issue in your life, finding a new job may be the answer you need.

Carole Nicolaides, MBA, is the President of Progressive Leadership, Inc. She offers Personal & Business Success Coaching, customized coaching-consulting, teleclass services in the areas of Branding Strategy, Business Planning and Leadership Development. Carole thrives in assisting entrepreneurs and executives reaching their full potential and living their best life. Subscribe to her FREE Ezine or book your FREE coaching session by visiting her site at Progressive Leadership.

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