How can you tell?
• When it’s getting harder to wake up in the morning
• When, after you’ve gotten up, you can think of a 101 reasons why you can’t go to work, and all of them seem plausible
• When, once you reach the office, the hours leading to noon break and, worse, end of business seem like a long, l-o-n-g time
• You “blast” out of the company’s doors once the clock registers “5:00 p.m.” or “6:00 p.m.” or whatever time office hours officially end
• You make it to work just on time if not five minutes, oops, 10 minutes late
• You have a lot of things in front of you (that’s literally and figuratively), and none of them look one bit exciting
• A simple activity like writing and submitting a one-page report takes ages to get accomplished
• You develop all sorts of illnesses that were never there before: headache . . . tummy ache . . . backache . . . fill-in-the-blank
• You’ve started resenting the inanimate object you’re “tied” to for the next eight hours or so: the office chair
• Every so often, you surf the Web for more interesting articles to read or activities to do
• Weekends ‘don’t get here fast enough’ and they’re never long enough
• No matter how many cups (mugs?) of coffee you take, you still find yourself dozing in the middle of an activity . . . like typing at the keyboard (yikes)
• You can be found anywhere but at your workstation/ cubicle
• You’re in a meeting with a roomful of people, and you’re still feeling restless (Then again, meetings, especially long ones, have that effect on many office folks.)
• When you’ve stopped learning new skills because there’s nothing else to learn
• When you’ve outgrown your job and there’s nowhere else to go
• When your work values no longer align with that of the company or vice versa
Note I didn’t mention “because of strained working relationships” with either the supervisor or colleagues or both because no matter where we go, even when we set up our own business, for example, strained relationships will always pose a challenge. They’re external factors we barely have control over; there will always be people who will get on our nerves. Neither did I mention “salary and benefits” because monetary compensation alone will never make one feel contented with his/ her job. I should know; I walked away years ago from a comfortable job and annual salary increases for career growth. No regrets.
Personally, I think people move on because they no longer find contentment in what they’re doing. They can no longer express themselves through their work. That’s what the latter is all about: a channel through which we can showcase our talents and skills.
How about you? How can you tell it’s time to move on?