Feeling tired, dreading work, being
over-sensitive to constructive criticism and not getting the results you
would like are all signs it's time for a change.
Sometimes these problems appear to be
linked to another area such as relationships but it is because you are
putting so much energy into your work that you become too tired for your
partner or family.
People who are happy in their work
bounce out of bed looking forward to the day. People who are not happy
take more sick days and have more days off. Little things become a big
problem and can evolve to the point where they lose confidence in their
Often people are not satisfied with
what they are doing because of the whole equation of the organisation.
Sometimes the problem is not the job but the culture of the organisation
they are working in. While a job may match your academic skills, it may
not necessarily be an area you are passionate about. If you are good at
something but you don't like doing it very much it will be a source of
People are often too quick to throw the
baby out with the bath water and may take drastic action when only a
small adjustment is needed. The answer often lies in a realignment of
work and life commitments, but that many people do not feel they can
talk to their superiors about their problems and negotiate a compromise.
Dr Susie Linder-Pelz, the director of
career coaching company Good Decisions, says people's work satisfaction
can be measured in emotional signals.
"It is all based on how you
feel," she says. "If you are not enjoying getting up and you
are feeling sick about work, feeling trapped and unfulfilled or stressed
and depressed, then it is time to reconsider." If your talents
aren't being recognised or your values don't fit the culture of the
organisation then it becomes a struggle to maintain the balance between
work and life," she says.
- Dreading work.
- Taking more sick days.
- Stress & Headaches.
- Irritability with friends, family
- Feeling under-appreciated.
- Poor concentration.
- Lack of enthusiasm.
- Resentment towards colleagues.
- Feeling achievements are not being
- Loss of social time.
- Inability to take constructive
- Personality clashes with colleagues
Source: SMH, Nov 2002