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7 Signs It's Time For a New Job

Jun 03 , 2021

Woman appearing stressed at her desk.

The pandemic brought many changes to workplaces across the country, from layoffs to adical changes in the work environment, some of which may become permanent. A job that might have been a great fit in 2019 could have turned into one that is limiting or unpleasant now, or you may have already been unhappy before COVID-19 and gotten some clarity through the events of the pandemic.

Here are some signs that it might be time for a new job.

1. Too much negativity.  

If one or more of your managers is consistently negative, or your co-workers are, it can make for a very unpleasant work environment. And if you find yourself being negative about the job, even more so. Negativity can affect a person's physical and mental health and overall wellbeing and is a huge red flag that a new job may be needed. 

2. You have anxiety.

If Sunday night or just about any weekday morning causes you to feel anxious, it's a sign that you may not be in the right job for one reason or another. Often there will be some stress involved in returning to work, but it should not feel like anxiety or dread on a regular basis. 

3. Boredom is your constant companion.

Your job should challenge you on some level if it is going to lead to growth over time. A job that is too repetitive or that only requires a few simple skills will quickly lead to boredom for some workers, and it's a clear sign that it could be time to move on. 

Set goals not limits.

4. Turnover is high.

High turnover can indicate serious dysfunction in the workplace, with management, or higher-ups in the organization. If you stick around too long, you may become another casualty or just wish you were. It's a good idea to get out while you can, even if it seems like a bad career move at the time. 

5. You just don't fit in.

Every workplace has a distinct culture that often embodies specific values and even support for particular causes. If your workplace is not a good cultural fit for you, it may become more apparent over time, leading you to search for a new job where you will fit in better. 

6. Conflicts are increasing.

If you find yourself having more conflicts with co-workers and supervisors, it may be time to just move on rather than keep banging your head against the wall. Over time, your skills, values, and even personality can change and make it difficult to navigate the workplace situation, no matter how good you once were at doing so. 

7. Your goals aren't being met. 

Maybe the job was helpful in reaching your goals when you were first hired, but those goals may have changed since then. Or maybe the job has changed, but not in a good way. If you can't reconcile the job and your goals, then one of them has to go--and it really shouldn't be your goals. 

If any of these signs point you toward a new job, GDH can provide the resources you may need to conduct a successful job search. Join our talent network and you could get matched with employers looking for talent just like yours.