Knowing When It's Time to Seek New Career Opportunities: Signs from a Well-Being Perspective
By Marvel C. Adeyemi
Working in a challenging and demanding environment can take a toll on our mental health and overall well-being. While it's common to face difficulties and obstacles in any job, there comes a point when staying in a detrimental work environment becomes detrimental to our own growth and happiness. In this blog post, we will explore several signs from a well-being and mental health perspective that indicate it might be time to move on from your current employment. By recognizing these signs and considering your own needs, you can make informed decisions to create a healthier and more fulfilling professional life.
Sign #1: Hyperarousal and Burnout: One of the first signs that it may be time to move on is when you find yourself constantly experiencing hyperarousal, commonly referred to as burnout. This state of chronic stress and anxiety can manifest in various ways, such as disruptive sleep patterns, agitation, heightened anxiety levels, and intrusive suicidal thoughts. When your body can no longer withstand the overwhelming stress originating from work, it's a clear indication that it's time for a change.
Sign #2: Incompatibility with Work Culture: Adapting to a new work culture is an essential part of any job transition. However, if you've spent three to six months in a new work environment and still find yourself struggling to adjust or having suicidal thoughts when you think of going to work, these might be signs that the work culture does not align with your values and working style. Disorganized and unstructured environments, such as those labelled as fast-paced or agile work environment, can be challenging for some individuals. Recognize that it's okay if you're not cut out for such environments. Instead, seek out a work culture that better aligns with your nervous system and promotes your well-being.
Sign #3: Uncertainty about Contract Renewal or Unfulfilled Potential: When your future at work becomes uncertain, whether it's due to the possibility of contract non-renewal or lacking a designated seat or office space, and you begin to doubt your potential or feel limited in your current role, it's a clear sign that it may be time to embark on a new path. If you sense that you possess untapped skills, competencies, and valuable insights that are not being fully utilized, it's worth exploring opportunities that allow you to optimize your abilities. Consider venturing into entrepreneurship to unleash your full potential or seeking a challenging role that embraces and rewards your growth and development. Remember, your talents deserve a stage where they can shine.
Sign #4: Conflict between Career and Personal Goals: Your career should ideally align with your personal goals and aspirations. For instance, if you're a mother with a child with additional needs or planning to start a family, taking on a new role during a period of high stress and adjustment might not be the best decision for your well-being. It's important to prioritize your personal life and ensure that your career choices support a balanced and less stressful environment where you can adequately care for yourself and your loved ones.
Sign #5: Escaping the Grip of Workplace Bullying, Discrimination, or Toxic Environments: No one should endure the torment of a toxic work environment or suffer the pain of bullying and discrimination. While challenges can arise in any organization, there are limits to what an individual can endure. If you find yourself trapped in a cycle of workplace bullying or discrimination that starts to take a toll on your mental health, manifesting as panic attacks, disrupted sleep, or haunting nightmares, despite your efforts to address the issue with management, it's high time to consider an exit strategy. Take a proactive approach to plan your departure, starting by evaluating your savings, investments, and seeking collaborative support from your partner or family to develop a well-thought-out exit plan. Remember, you deserve a work environment that aligns with your well-being and preserves your mental equilibrium.
Conclusion: Regularly assessing and evaluating how your career impacts your mental health and well-being is essential. Wholesome counselling offers Mental Health Services for Career transitions. Contact Us to learn more.