Wednesday, April 4, 2012

5 1/2 Clues It’s Time to Look for a New Job

It’s a tough realization to make, but at some point in your HR career, it may be time to change jobs. And if you know what to look for, your workplace just might give you signs that it’s time for you to move on.

After all, satisfied employees who work in a positive environment are much more productive, not to mention more valuable to the company. And if you find yourself at a workplace that’s just the opposite, it will not only affect your output; it could derail future opportunities, too.

So how do you know when it’s time to leave? Be on the lookout for these 5½ clues that indicate it’s time to search for a new job.

Company doesn’t value employees. Company culture is an important factor not just for productivity, but for a company’s overall success. And if you don’t feel valued by your company, you’re much less likely to go above and beyond when it comes to completing your responsibilities and tasks.

Bad relationship with manager. Your manager is your go-to source for information and feedback. If you don’t have a good relationship with your manager, you’ll likely feel that you don’t have anywhere else to turn for guidance. You don’t necessarily need to be best friends with your supervisor — in fact, it’s best to keep the relationship professional. But if the rapport is non-existent — or worse, combative — then it may be a sign that it’s time for you to move on.

Company financial health in question. Few things make employees more anxious and distracted than knowing that their company may be at financial risk. After all, if a company can’t afford to pay its debt, can it afford your aspirations?

Poor communication culture. Understanding the vision and direction of the company you work for is important. Companies that are transparent and effectively communicate build trust with employees. If, as an employee, you find yourself frequently left in the dark when it comes to new policies, procedures and other pertinent information, you may begin to question your value at the company, or how best to proceed with future work.

Unchallenging work. At some point in your career, you’re likely going to have to dig in and tackle a number of mundane tasks. But if you fail to receive opportunities to challenge yourself and go outside of your comfort zone, you run the risk of becoming apathetic toward the job as a whole. After all, the point of a career is to continue to grow and develop your skills and expertise. And if that’s not happening at your current workplace, it may be time to find a better fit.

Salary. Your pay is undeniably important — it’s what allows you to support yourself and your family. And although your salary alone isn’t a reason enough to quit (which is why it’s a half, not a full reason), it may be a deciding factor when combined with other catalysts.

Navigating the path of your career can, at times, feel daunting.

All above 5½ signs would help you framing your career transition plan. So calculate and decide - "Is this the Time" :)