Everyone has different deal-breakers when it comes to work, but some priorities are universal. Your workplace should ensure you have the security, prosperity and opportunity you need to succeed. When your employer doesn’t do their part to craft a healthy work environment, your chances at doing well are slim to none.
Some of the most common work complaints are actually symptoms of a bigger problem, for which the workplace as a whole is often to blame. If you’re suffering through any of these 3 frustrating work scenarios, it may be time to call it quits:
You don’t feel fulfilled by your work
Contrary to popular belief, the value you attribute to your work doesn’t actually have anything to do with the type of work you’re doing. You could feel just as fulfilled in an entry-level spot at a local startup as you would in a six-figure executive role at a Fortune 500 biz. Fulfilment at work is an input-output kind of thing; You need to feel that each and every one of your tasks, no matter how small, is part of a bigger plan for the company’s success.
When you don’t feel that the work you’re doing adds value to the company, your presence at work seems pretty pointless. You dread mornings. You hate late afternoons. You count the minutes until you can walk out the door and go home. The work week is long and mundane, and your life outside of work suffers by consequence.
Your growth is stalled
Financial gains, like raises and bonuses, are the most obvious indicators that you’re advancing within your company. However, career growth comes in many forms, from big salary bumps to small-yet-pleasurable perks. Your boss may reward you with a bigger office, a less strict schedule, or extra vacation time as a “thank you” for your hard work. You could be assigned more independent tasks, more important projects, or more specialized teams. Or, you could get... nothing.
When what you earn stops reflecting what you do, you start to lack the motivation to be your best. You may start to question your job competence or compare yourself to others at work, causing a major blow to your self-esteem.
You don’t respect your boss
Respect for management is less about maturity – as the “respect your elders” argument implies – and more about compatability. This doesn’t mean your boss needs to be your best friend in the office, or that you have to agree with their every decision. In the workplace, its moral compatibility that determines the balance of employee-employer respect. You and your boss should share views about the company mission, culture and hierarchy, all of which dictate what day-to-day life in the office is like.
When you are your boss aren’t morally compatible, it’s nearly impossible for a respectful relationship to exist. The longer you stay, the more unhappy you’ll be, and your frustration with management will reflect in the quality of your work.
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