Americans spend more than half of their waking hours at work, yet according to recent data, more than 70% of workers are professionally disengaged. Being “checked out” or unhappy at work can lead to poor performance and low productivity and the feelings can also spillover to your personal life. While legitimate factors such as the economy, expectations of doing more with less or working harder for lower pay and little recognition may be to blame, there could be other variables at play.
A major unrecognized factor to workplace discontentment is that professionals may in fact be at a dead-end job and it's time to do something about it. But before taking the leap into finding new work, it’s important to identify possible warning signs of a dead-end position, including:
- A raise is not in imminent;
- A promotion is unlikely;
- Offering suggestions for improving processes or procedures are not well received or implemented;
- There is little or no encouragement to take on more responsibility;
- The workload keeps increasing without more compensation and upward mobility does not seem within reach.
If a job meets several of the above criteria, it’s time to find the next professional move—but that doesn’t necessarily mean jumping ship to a new employer. Consider the following: