HOW LONG IS TOO LONG IN THE SAME JOB?
HOW LONG IS TOO LONG IN THE SAME JOB?
Are you feeling stuck in your current job? Have you started daydreaming about working for another company or even in a different profession? You’re not alone.
The average Australian person changes jobs every 3.3 years and may have as many as 12 different jobs in their lifetime. Still, many people stay in their current position for much longer than that. So it’s not uncommon to feel like you need a change after being at the same company for an extended period, and it’s essential to know when enough is enough.
There are many reasons why people stay at jobs they don’t enjoy – fear of the unknown, not knowing where else they would go, lack of confidence and self-esteem, leading to excuses not to take action. So when is it time to quit your job?
The truth is that most people who leave their jobs end up happier than those who stayed put. So before you get stuck in a rut – assess your current job situation and think about how much better life could be outside of your comfort zone.
It’s not uncommon to feel like you’ve been at the same company for too long. You might be thinking about how much more money you could make if you were working elsewhere, or maybe it just feels like time to move on. But before making any rash decisions, there are a few things that should be considered first.
This article will explore some of the reasons why staying in one position for too long can have adverse effects on both your personal and professional life. And we will explore how to know when to quit through all of the signs that show you are ready to look for new and more meaningful employment.
Staying in one position for too long can have adverse effects
Is it better to stay in one job for a long time? Not always. Staying in one position too long can have negative effects on your mental health. It’s important to remain engaged and stimulated at work, otherwise you will start to feel bored and unfulfilled.
Burnout is becoming more common during the COVID-19 pandemic, with studies showing 52 per cent of workers are experiencing burnout today compared to 43 percent before coronavirus began to spread. The best way to combat this is by taking on new challenges and learning new skills.
There are many benefits of switching jobs, such as higher pay, increased responsibility, and less stress. However, if you feel the impacts of burnout or other mental health issues, it might be time to explore other options.
Your work is no longer challenging or fulfilling
If you’re feeling bored and unchallenged, it might be time to start looking for a new opportunity. But how do you know if it’s just the nature of your current position or if it’s time to move on? The answer lies in understanding the “too long in same job syndrome.”
You can avoid this by asking yourself these questions before making any decisions about your career path. How often are you challenged at work? Are there opportunities for growth within the company? Does your boss seem invested in helping you succeed? And most importantly, does this company have a clear vision that aligns with yours – both personally and professionally? If not, then now may be the perfect time to explore other options.
Your skills have become outdated
Do you feel like your skills have become outdated? It’s not uncommon for people to feel this way. However, the world is changing and with it, so are the needs of employers. Many industries were lucrative in previous decades that have been heavily disrupted by technology, and there will be more shifts in the future.
If you are at risk of becoming redundant in your current position, it might be time to find an alternative career where your skills can be applied or make a decision to upskill for a new career entirely.
Your current company has had layoffs or cutbacks recently
It’s tough out there, and it can feel like every company is laying people off or cutting back. But that doesn’t have to mean the end of your career. There are plenty of companies with stable workforces that are hiring right now.
If your current company has had layoffs or cutbacks recently, it may be time to start looking for a new job. There are many benefits of finding a new career path and not sticking with one company forever. First, it can help you grow as an individual and discover what really motivates you at work. Plus, there’s always something exciting about starting fresh with a new employer that is more stable than your current position.
You’ve had a major life event (such as having a baby)
We recommend waiting at least three to six months after a significant life event (such as having a baby) before looking for something new. This will allow you time to adjust to your new life, settle in with your child, and get back into the swing of things. It also gives you time to save up money or take care of any other financial obligations that may have come up during this transition period.
It will also give you enough time to recover from any postpartum depression or another emotional upheaval that comes with this kind of transition in life without adding stress by finding a new job too soon afterwards.
You have hit a brick wall with your current company
Do you feel like there is no room for future progression at your current job? If you want to grow and develop in a company, the company must have room for advancement. You need to ask yourself if your current employer will allow you to expand into new roles or take on more responsibility.
If your current company doesn’t have room for future progression or not allowing you to grow in your career, then it may be worth considering other options. Many companies out there would love to have someone like yourself on their team and offer opportunities for growth and development.
When looking for a new job, make sure that the company offers opportunities for growth and development. In addition, it’s worth asking about what type of career path they provide before accepting an offer from them. A lack of opportunity could lead to boredom and dissatisfaction with work in the long term, which can negatively affect your professional life and personal life.
Consider going for an internal promotion or alternative role
If there is scope for future progression at your current company, that is an option you can explore as well. Internal promotions are great because they allow you the opportunity to advance without having to change companies or jobs. Plus, there is less competition for these positions than external ones, so it will be easier for you to land one.
Here are three reasons why going for an internal promotion is a smart move:
Promotion opportunities often lead to better jobs down the line.
Promotions allow employees to work on projects they wouldn’t otherwise have access to.
Internal promotions give employees more control over their careers by choosing what they want from their job.
Many people never look for new opportunities. Instead, they are content in their current position, even if they feel like it’s not a good fit anymore or something has changed to make them want more than the same old day-to-day tasks and responsibilities. That may be fine when your work life is fulfilling enough – but what happens when you start suffering from burnout?
We recommend looking at how long you’ve been in your current role as an opportunity to explore other career options before it’s too late. Let us help you get started with our promotion interview tips and our tutorials on landing your next great job.