If you can’t remember your last good day at work, it’s time to stop.
Are you starting to have itchy feet? Well, you’re not the only one. Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen a record number of people quitting their roles in a phenomenon called “The Great Quit”, or more recently, “The Big Quit”.
This mass exodus was spurred by many different factors. First, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused many workers to reassess what they want from their careers. Months of lockdown have given us all time to reflect on our goals and how we can achieve them. Many workers were faced with the harsh reality that their current role was not really benefiting them.
Second, the rise of remote work. Working from home is a bit like Marmite, either you love it or you hate it. As of 2020, most tech workers have experienced it in one form or another. It helped us understand where we work best, whether it’s in the office, at home, or perhaps in a hybrid approach. Coming out of the pandemic, many people decided to switch roles to better align with their preferences.
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Finally, we have the cost of living crisis. The euro area is now undoubtedly heading towards a recession, but in the meantime, people are struggling to make ends meet. Over the past six months, inflation has soared across most of the bloc (German inflation hit a 40-year high in August) and the price of everything from gasoline to milk has risen . Of course, this encourages workers to seek higher wages and more impressive benefits, and who can blame them?
So if you’re considering a career change, you’re not alone. Indeed, according to a survey of Nobody in the UK and Ireland, 38% of employees plan to change jobs in the next six to twelve months. But how do you know you’re not just following the crowd?
Here’s how you know it’s really time to quit your job.
1. It’s too easy
Your work should be stimulating. Not necessarily like “Monday mornings cause me crippling anxiety”, but you should be constantly learning and growing. If not, really – what’s the point?
Being comfortable at work is fine, but if you find yourself doing the same job day after day with no chance of progression or career variety, then you’re going to be bored and probably a little lazy too. You need to move up to a higher position and better pay, stat.
2. You don’t remember your last good day.
Listen, no role will be sunshine and rainbows all the time. It’s natural to have weeks, or even months, where work feels like drudgery, especially if you’re working on a big project or campaign.
But, there should always be happy times. Maybe when you landed a big account, finally fixed that annoying bug or destroyed your big presentation. If you can’t remember the last time you had a good day at the office, it might be time to start looking for a new position.
3. You “quietly stop”
The term “silent shutdown” has been making the rounds on social media, including TikTok, in recent weeks. But, in reality, it’s not a new concept, people have been doing it for years – older workers will know it as a “go slow”.
This is when an employee limits their duties to those that strictly fit their job description to avoid working longer hours. Basically, they do the bare minimum to keep their role.
Sounds fair enough, right? In theory, yes. But, if you have absolutely no passion or interest in your role outside of 9-5, it could be a sign that you’re in the wrong gig. Work shouldn’t rule your life, but if you’re not feeling enthusiastic enough to work an extra 20 minutes here and there, something’s wrong.
Ready for a new challenge now? We have three roles below that are worth checking out.
CEVA Logistics provides global supply chain solutions and needs a backend developer in Waalwijk. You will transform complex product and tool requirements into simple and optimal technical solutions by using the latest technologies and choosing the best tool for the job in a technology driven environment. Partnering with business stakeholders, you will develop solutions that solve business problems, including requirements gathering and validation, solution development, testing, and delivery. If that sounds like a job for you, find out more here.
If you are ready to take up a new challenge, DL Software, the French leader in the publishing of ERP software packages, is recruiting a Cloud Architect — AWS in Paris. You participate in an innovative project by supporting group companies in their transformation to the public cloud.
Interested in a career change? If you answered yes to 1, 2 or 3 above, take a look at other even more interesting roles on the Job Board House of Talent today