How to read the writing on the wall
Part two of our informal series on making the new year equal a new job.
The first step in any search is discerning whether your desire to leave your current company is motivated by general grumpiness on a bad day, or a legitimate response to a deteriorating environment.
If you suspect the latter, it's time to read the writing on the cubicle wall. Situations vary from workplace to workplace, of course, but here are a few consistent signs it might be time to go. (See ComputerWorld's list and Fortune's slideshow for longer rundowns.)
- You're not as important as you: a) used to be, or b) want to be. Do a gut-check on your roles and responsibilities. Are you performing at the height of your abilities? Are you consistently challenged? Does the company entrust you with high-level, strategic work? Or have they moved you over to making copies? Remember, a successful position should build and add value, not lose it. Go where that value is appreciated and encouraged.
- You notice people across the organization are ignoring you. To paraphrase John Donne, no person should be an island in a functional office. So coworkers and supervisors giving you increasingly wide berths means you need either new deodorant or a new job. After all, a strong workplace is based on open communication and collaboration. If both are eroding, start looking for them in another company.
- Putting on a 'happy face' is now part of your morning routine. Work constitutes a good third of your time on this planet. And who wants to be miserable for a third of their life? Your career should be a genuine source of joy, pride and fulfillment, not an acting exercise. Make sure your smiles and jokes are a natural extension of your job satisfaction. Otherwise, seek true happiness elsewhere.
Posted by Christy H.