Top warning signs it’s time for a new job

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One topic that all of us think about a ton is our career: Am I in the right job?  Am I doing what makes me excited?  Do I like where I work? Am I challenged? What would inspire to me to be more engaged? How do I tell that co-worker they have bad breath?  (Just checking to see if you’re paying attention)

These are common introspective questions all of us ask, and with over 70% of the US workforce not fully engaged at work, according to Gallup’s “State of the American Workplace” Report, you’re not alone in asking these questions.  

At, we help people connect their passion and purpose with a company culture that creates an “extraordinary fit” for both employees and employers. You want this and so does your employer.  So we eat, breathe, and live workplace engagement. We feel so strongly about this that we decided to dissect Gallup’s 68 page report to find 12 ridiculously simple questions that will tell you if “Get A New Job” should be #1 on your New Year’s Resolutions (even if you think resolutions are stupid!)

Is It Time For a New Job?

To find out, answer these 12 questions (take some time to think about it and write down your thoughts):

  1. Do I know what is expected of me at work?
  2. Do I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work to the best of my ability?
  3. Do I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day?
  4. In the last seven days, have I received recognition for doing good work?
  5. Does my supervisor and/or a leader seem to care about me as a person?
  6. Is there someone at work who encourages my development?
  7. Do my professional opinions seem to matter?
  8. Does my company’s mission make me feel like my work is important?
  9. Are my fellow employees committed to doing quality work?
  10. Do I have a best friend at work?
  11. In the last six months, has someone at work talked to me about my progress?
  12. In 2015, have I had opportunities to work and grow?

So how did you do?  How do you feel?  Happy? Content? Surprised?  P.O.’d?

If after answering these questions, you were looking for some type of objective insight telling you whether or not it’s time for a new job, it doesn’t exist.  What does exist, however, are YOUR answers to these questions and how YOU perceive them.  Only YOU know when it’s time for a new job.  This super simple yet ultra-revealing exercise, (which was conducted with over 250 million employees, within 195 countries and in 70 languages), is designed to help you DECIDE if you’re ready for a new opportunity.

You can certainly do some type of “weighted analysis,” for example, by saying if “I answered more than 5 questions (or whatever that number is for you) with a NO, then it’s time to find a new job.” But let’s just keep things simple (after all, the holidays are hectic enough).  If the majority of these questions sparked a negative emotion, than it’s probably time to start preparing your exit strategy.  

Companies are well aware of (and investing millions of dollars) in employee workplace engagement.  “We would love to know how each one of our team members would answer these questions.” shares Chuck Waygood, Director of Global Talent Acquisition at Hortonworks, a Santa Clara Hadoop Software Company.  “It would help us continue to shape our corporate culture.  When interviewing our candidates, we put a significant emphasis on cultural fit.  Next to a proven track record of success, it’s the most important element”  

When searching for your next opportunity, make sure you ask potential employers about their company culture, your potential team’s sub-culture and their overall cause or mission.  Aligning with an opportunity that matches your ideal culture and deeply rooted values will not only turn work into fun but skyrocket your career and most importantly, your happiness.  

We’re passionate about helping people “find their fit” so if you found this article valuable or know someone who should read this, please share.  



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