Dream Job – 5 Warning Signs That Your Employees Are Looking Elsewhere
Every job, regardless of whether it’s an excellent opportunity or not, comes with positives and negatives. And while it’s completely normal to go through a rough patch at work, it’s a problem if this rough patch lasts.
What’s important though, is being able to tell the difference between a bump on the road and a completely wrong career.
According to Business Insider, 81% of Australians surveyed, reported that “finding meaning in their work would increase their overall happiness levels.” Similarly, the Huffington Post said that less than half of Aussies are happy with their job. What does this really mean?
Well, most Australians are getting stuck in jobs that they don’t like. Not only is this a major problem for those in employment, but also small business owners too as this directly impacts employee retention. That’s why it is important for small business owners to view things from the other side of the table, “their employees point of view.”
That’s because your job, might not be your employees’ dream job.
Here are five warning signs that small business owners can look out for with some recommendations for those who might be considering a career change.
1. Sunday night blues.
While it’s completely normal to be a little sad as the weekend comes to an end, it’s not great if you dread Monday morning week after week because you honestly don’t want to go to work.
It’s also not ideal if those Sunday night blues creep into your weeknights. Dread waking up to go to work? You’re in the wrong job!
Small business owners tip: If any of your staff frequently come into work and look unhappy on Monday’s, there’s a reason why — they’re probably not happy in their current role. The real question is, will you address this issue, or avoid it?
2. Clashing with company values.
Everybody wants to experience a workplace where cultures and values match their own. If you feel that there are ethical or moral differences between your own values and your workplace’s, perhaps it’s time to look elsewhere.
Small business owners tip: If you find that an employee is constantly clashing with processes, systems, or company values — this can often be a sign that something is bothering them, or that they might feel not appreciated. Instead, foster a workplace that promotes creative thinking.
3. Stress levels are through the roof.
Whether it’s because of the work itself, because you don’t enjoy the company culture, or because there’s no one at work that you truly get along with, stress can only equal one thing – ill health, resulting in high blood pressure and muscular tension.
Stress also means that you won’t be truly enjoying your job, and at the end of the day, that’s just not on, especially if these workplace stresses are impacting your relationships.
In the office, there is good stress that improves productivity, and there is bad stress, which has the opposite effect — it decreases outputs, and unfortunately, impacts colleagues.
Small business owners tip: When work a colleague is asked to do something, you can often spot visual cues such as their tone, facial reaction, which are dead giveaways that their stress levels could be through the roof. If you do happen to spot this, this could be the perfect time to review a person’s responsibilities (i.e. Are they bored in their current role? Or, could it be that their workload is too much that they can handle?).
4. You’re physically feeling the effects.
Aches and pains that mysteriously appear, trouble sleeping, or a change in appetite may be physical signs of depression, and while it doesn’t necessarily mean your job is to blame, if you couple these symptoms with dreading your job, it’s possibly time to move on.
Remember, if everything else in your life is the same and it’s just your job that has changed, chances are you need to ask yourself if work is the problem.
Small business owners tip: If you happen to notice that an employee is constantly looking tired, or have suddenly increased weight — they could be suffering “work burnout.” And, often the best way for one to get over work burnout is to simply, take a vacation to recoup and relax (i.e. 1-2 weeks, or 1 month).
Things to consider when changing careers.
If you’ve decided it’s time to move on, there are particular ways that are more appropriate than others. The first rule of thumb is definitely don’t look for other opportunities while at work. There are a few reasons for this. Firstly, it’s disrespectful to your current company, and second, your company computer can be searched at any time, so be cautious.
Other tips include:
- Create a to-do list of what you need to do in order to land your next (hopefully dream) job. This may include updating your resume, contacting referenced and updating any public profiles such as LinkedIn.
- Stick to your work schedule and your work habits. Don’t slack off just because you’re looking for other opportunities. Stay punctual, continue to work with your team, and stay friendly with your colleagues, including any that you report to.
- Stay enthusiastic. It may be difficult to remain upbeat, but it’s crucial. Remain on good terms until you walk out the door. Remember, you may need your boss’s reference one day.
Finding your dream job.
Knowing you’re in the wrong job is just the first step. It’s all well and good to leave your current employment, but where should you be going?
When changing jobs or careers, there’s no point moving to the exact same job, especially if it’s the job itself that was making you feel unsatisfied.
Here are some things to consider when choosing your career that may just help you find your dream job:
1. What are you passionate about?
2. Remember your childhood dream, what did you want to be when you grew up?
3. What skills do you excel in and what are your weaknesses?
4. What worked in previous jobs and what didn’t?
5. What career progression is available to you in other roles?
6. Does your current job compensate you enough for your time and are there further opportunities within the company?
For small business owners: It is important for Small Business owners to be aware that even though you may think that your employees are happy in their current role, often they won’t be. If they’re not happy, you will be faced with a heavy choice: To try to remedy the issue or lose your employee(s).
For those in search of their dream job: If you’re struggling with your current job and you really feel it’s not the right career for you, the most courageous thing you can do is jump ship into a new company, new position or even a new career.
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