Jobs are an essential part of our day to day for many of us. While many people have various sources of employment or income, the bulk of us work a standard job under a standard employer for the most part. However, health professionals have voiced their concern that certain factors of our jobs may very well be shortening our lifespan. Whether it’s constant stress, lack of fulfillment, or even financial woes, there are telltale signs that you might need a new job.
1. Frustrating Commutes
The commute is the unofficial beginning of the workday. Way before we clock in, we have to travel to our job. Unfortunately, getting from point A to point B is never as easy as it sounds. On our daily commutes, we deal with traffic, construction delays, bad weather, and so many other variables that can ruin our day before we even get to the job site. And if you rely on public transportation, your commute can be even more frustrating. If your commute is stressing you out every single work day, you might need a job closer to home.
2. Constant On-The-Job Stress
This one should be a given, but so many of us ignore how a stressful job can affect us in the long run. Dealing with anything from horrible bosses and aggravating superiors to unruly consumers on a daily basis can take a huge mental and physical toll on you. I’ve mentioned in the past how stress can affect us physically, but as a quick reminder, stress can manifest itself in us physically in everything from stiff and aching joints to hypertension, which is directly linked to heart disease. As for the mental impact of constant stress, nervous breakdowns and severe burnout are commonly caused by workplace stress. If you have the option or the means, changing your employer or source of employment may be what you need to reverse the damage that stress is doing to you.
3. Financial Difficulties
If you’re working long hours for little pay, you may want to reconsider your situation. The reason that so many people have no choice but to work into their older years is because of financial hardship, which usually stems from being caught in a cycle of working long hours for minimal pay. Again, this is stating the obvious, but sometimes, the truth is sitting there in plain sight. The fear of being unemployed leads to millions of people being underemployed; even though they know deep down that their knowledge or experience is worth more, they are made to believe that they have no choice but to settle for less.
The path to better employment starts with knowing your worth. If you have a creative talent, tend to it and nurture it, and create a business from it. If you have years of experience in a field that makes you qualified for something better, advertise it to a better employer. Don’t box yourself into a job that doesn’t pay you what you’re worth.
4. Less Quality Time
If you barely have time to yourself outside of work, it may be time to switch to a new job. Jobs shouldn’t take us away from our families, friends, or hobbies. If our world solely revolves around work, it becomes redundant; working to live, living to work. We as people were built for more than just clocking in and clocking out. We shouldn’t have to solely rely on our vacation time to pursue our own interests, and our days off shouldn’t only be sick days. So if you’re finding that your job is leaving you less and less time for self-care, it’s time to move on.
5. Poor Benefits
Speaking of sick days and vacation time, if you’re not getting benefits such as sick time or vacation days, it’s time to go. In fact, even if you’ do receive such benefits, if you’re discouraged from using them, then it’s time to get a new job. Rest is essential to productivity, and if you’re not getting the proper rest, then it’s time to get a new employer.
Also, if your employer doesn’t offer quality health benefits that don’t eat up half your paycheck, then it’s time to go. A quality health plan, including vision and dental, shouldn’t cost more than you can afford, and a quality employer will know this.
As for retirement plans, a good employer will have good retirement options, but you should always consider meeting a trustworthy financial adviser.
6. Unethical Behavior
If your job is rife with business practices that are unlawful and unethical, yet you feel as if your back is against the wall, then it is time to move forward. While whistleblowing is usually advised, you should do so when you’re at a safe distance from the employer who is in question. Merely having your name attached to the organization can have negative effects, so give yourself a fresh start, whether you take action or not.
Most importantly, if your job doesn’t leave you with a sense of fulfillment, then it’s time to move on. No job should feel mundane or pointless, and no job should make you feel as if you’re wasting your talents. Find something that you love and do it for a living. It won’t be easy at first, but the people I tend to see enjoying their jobs are either self-employed or doing what they love for an employer who appreciates them. So take a chance and turn your passion into a career, no matter how long it takes.