If you’re not looking forward to Mondays, it might be time for a new job.
You know what we’re talking about. It’s a staple in American workplace comedies, having a main character suffer from a “case of the Mondays.” We’ve coined the phrase “Sunday Scaries” to describe the impending workweek that we dread during the last night of the weekend. Somewhere along the line, it became not just acceptable - but the norm! - to not look forward to Mondays. To groan and gripe when ending the weekend and preparing to go back to the office. But have you ever thought that maybe Mondays themselves aren’t the problem? More likely, if you’re not looking forward to Mondays - it’s probably time for a new job.
Unfortunately, only 20% of the American workforce is “very passionate” about their jobs. When you consider that you spend about 2,000 hours a year - or 90,000 hours over the course of a lifetime - at work, it’s important that you find joy in what you do. In this blog, we want to discuss different ways that people find fulfillment in their careers - and ultimately try to determine if you should make a move.
Do you feel properly challenged and engaged in your work?
Most people enter their industries of choice because they find them interesting. People are drawn to science due to its complexities. Some enjoy finance because it gives them insight into the economy that others can only guess at. Creatives thrive on expression, and those in public service are fulfilled when they get the chance to give back to their communities. Whether your passion is in crunching numbers, creating content, or helping others - you joined your job because you found a challenge you liked to tackle.
Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace found that only 15% of employees are engaged in the workplace — a whopping 85% are not! In 2018, Korn Ferry came to a similar conclusion, with 1 in 3 employees citing boredom as the main reason they were looking to leave their jobs. People don’t seem to be engaged in their work - whether it be from redundancy in tasks or from lack of challenge - and it’s costing employers money. In the same study by Gallup, they found that company groups with higher marks of employee engagement were on average 21% more profitable.
If you share this sentiment, that might be your sign to look for a move up. Moving into a higher level role could renew that sense of trial and tribulation you crave when mastering your craft. It could also help you learn new skills that you may have already come to master at your current level. If you’re feeling stuck in your current role, try to apply for jobs that match your skill level, not your current job title.
Do you get enough recognition for your work?
No matter your occupation, it always feels good to be recognized for your efforts. It makes hard times rewarding and gives us something to celebrate. You don’t choose jobs because you want to do things you aren’t good at - so it stands to reason that your job is what you expect to excel in. But when that excellence isn’t recognized, it can feel invalidating and futile.
80% of HR leaders believe that employee recognition is crucial for the success of organizations. Most HR programs treat it as a regular management practice for creating engagement, establishing and strengthening relationships, and contributing to overall satisfaction. It’s worthwhile for companies in the long run, proven by HubSpot’s findings that 69% of employees said they would work harder if they were better appreciated.
Everyone agrees that it’s important - but oddly enough, not all companies take action to implement recognition into regular workflow. Not showing appreciation for employees is the mark of a bad work environment. Most companies have employee recognition built into their talent management strategy, so if you’re not getting that sense of accomplishment where you’re currently employed - look elsewhere! There’s no sense in staying where you aren’t celebrated when the market is so full of organizations willing to give that thanks.
Do you feel properly supported in your role?
Working is often compared to being on a team. In a business, salespeople can’t land deals without having a good product to represent, and engineers can’t create products without capital. The cycle goes on and on. No matter your occupation, you are likely to depend on others to enable you to do your job - which is where several organizations tend to fall apart.
You might find yourself struggling to stay engaged due to poor leadership. If you work hard to turn around projects, and then get stuck behind red tape - you’re not alone. CNBC found that the average manager has 30% more direct reports than they did 10 years ago. Organizations seem to keep growing, but people don’t seem to be getting promoted at the same rate - causing management to become overloaded with reports and have less time to help them on an individual basis. The structure becomes unsustainable and causes reports to get stuck in their positions - unable to move up past their advisors.
Thin leadership and a lack of support structure may signify a good time to jump ship. Organizations that are thriving are more likely to promote within, and move people up through the organization. If they’re not hiring or promoting more management, chances are they could be in a crisis in other areas of operation that are preventing that capital to be spent on talent.
Do you get along with your coworkers?
This seems like a silly point to make. People aren’t at work to make friends - but they do spend the majority of their day-to-day lives with their coworkers. Friendships and bonds form naturally from close proximity like this, and can really give you something to look forward to besides a paycheck. Think about it! If you aren’t happy with the company you keep for 40 hours a week - it’s not hard to figure out why you’re unhappy while at work.
Colleagues shouldn’t be your #1 determinant for a good job, but it helps to be choosy when it comes to who you spend your time with. Statista found that 60% of surveyed employees considered colleagues to be the biggest contributors to happiness. More than workplace harmony, getting along with your coworkers could be the make or break of your job satisfaction. This goes for leadership, too! SeedScientific found that nearly 75% of employees quit their bosses, not their jobs. Therefore, if you’re not fitting your company’s culture - a workplace better aligned with your values (and maybe your sense of humor) could make those hours spent at the office more rewarding.
The good news? You have the power here. Monster has predicted a steady increase in hiring trends for 2021 - in areas like sales, manufacturing, and technology. Remote jobs are giving people 20% more geographically diverse work options. CareerPlug found that of the companies surveyed throughout 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic, most have not slowed down their hiring. In fact, 14% of companies created new positions as a result of COVID-19. All in all, if you aren’t looking forward to Mondays at the job you’re in today - there are several companies out there that are likely to offer what you’re looking for.
Advocating for yourself is pertinent when seeking better job satisfaction. If you’re not sure where to start, it always helps to have someone on your side. When working with recruiters like us here at Blue Signal, you have a built-in advocate for your wants and needs within your career. We specialize in offer negotiations, candidate marketing, interview preparation, and more. As your partner in the process, we can give you an inside look into a role and a workplace culture - before putting in your notice at your old job. The best defense when it comes to protecting your career is good offense. Contact us today to get started on finding a workplace that redefines your Mondays.