How can you tell if a job isn’t right for you? Sometimes the signs are obvious, like when you have an abusive boss or the work environment is toxic. But other times, the red flags are there, but they’re much more subtle. And those small things can add up to let you know that a place isn’t a good fit for you in the long run.
These are some of the less obvious signs that a job isn’t where you should be long-term:
- Arbitrary rules that don’t seem to add to the workplace - If you feel bothered by rules that don’t seem to contribute in a meaningful way, the job might not be a good fit for you. These rules can include everything from dress codes to how many personal items you’re allowed to have on your desk, and other things that don’t have anything to do with the job itself.
- Things are outdated - We’re talking about the systems, the environment and the tools. If the technology and procedures are outdated, it shows the company isn’t keeping up with the times.
- You don’t have strong connections with your coworkers - No one’s saying you should be besties with your office mates or team members, but if things just feel off with the people you work with, it’s tough to feel comfortable at your job.
- You notice “little lies” - If you catch the organization fudging numbers or being dishonest in some way, who knows what else they may be lying about.
- You’re experiencing physical symptoms - Everyone has days when they just don’t want to go to work, but if you’re dreading it so much that you have anxiety or it’s keeping you awake at night, those are signs your job is taking a toll and it’s not a healthy work/life balance for you. If you feel like something is off, trust your gut and take action.