Seeing the Red Flags: Is it Time to Leave Your Job?

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Seeing the Red Flags: Is it Time to Leave Your Job?

October 17, 2023

pictured: red flag with a cloudy sky behind itWe've all had those mornings. You know… the alarm goes off and the first thing you do is start thinking of reasons to call in sick.

While everyone has a rough day now and then, how do you know when those feelings are a sign that something worse is happening. Are you just in a rough patch, or is the job itself a problem and it’s time to move on?

The Personal Impact of Staying in an Unsatisfactory Position

Staying in a job you don't love isn't just a professional decision—it affects you personally. If you're consistently unhappy, it will show up in your sleep, your eating habits, your stress levels, and even your relationships.

More than that, it can hold you back. It can stop you from reaching your potential and growing in your career. Not just in terms of missed opportunities, but emotionally too. If a job drains you, it can also stifle your ambition or your drive to excel.

Is it time for you to look for a new opportunity? Let’s dig into the red flags that can serve as a powerful hint.

Red Flags: Signs it Might Be Time to Move On

Dissatisfaction and Dread:
We all have off days. But if that "I'd rather be anywhere but here" feeling is a regular morning companion, it's time to listen!

Stagnation and Lack of Growth:
Do you feel like you're stuck on a treadmill, running but going nowhere? If the company you work for doesn’t offer any room to grow or the opportunity to learn new things and expand your skills, it might be time to consider a change.

Misaligned Values and Company Culture:
If you feel out of place or notice that the company's actions don't resonate with your personal values, it can be hard to stay motivated or feel proud of what you do. If naming your workplace makes you wince, this is a powerful sign that there is an important misalignment that you should address.

Frequent Overwhelm and Burnout:
Sure, everyone's busy. But if your level of "busy" is creating constant stress or feeling like you will never catch up, that's a problem. If you’re not allowed to say no to projects even though your desk is already full, if you’re required to work late constantly to stay caught up, or if you’re regularly in a state of anxiety, these are big red flags that are leading down a dark path.

Feeling Underappreciated or Undervalued:
A simple "thank you" can go a long way. If your hard work consistently goes unnoticed or you feel you're not compensated fairly, it's worth reassessing whether you’re in the right place. If you are regularly handed additional work or responsibility but not compensated for those extra duties, this is a bad sign.

Trust Issues with Management or Leadership:
Trust is a two-way street. On one side, you need to trust that the decisions made by leadership are in the best interest of the company and its employees. If you find yourself frequently questioning their decisions or sensing a lack of transparency, it's worth taking a closer look at what’s happening there. On the flip side, it's equally important that the leadership trusts you. If you sense they're regularly second-guessing your decisions or hesitant to entrust you with more responsibility, it raises concerns about whether you’ll be able to grow in that environment.

Weighing the Red Flags

But hold on a second—don't send in that resignation just yet! Your best first move should be to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.

One bad week or a single incident might not mean it's time to go. It could indicate red flags, or the challenge might be easily addressable!

It’s always a good idea to talk about what you’re experiencing with your boss. And if you're still unsure, try keeping a work journal. Jot down how you feel each day. Over time, patterns might emerge that can create clarity.

Preparing for the Next Step

If you’re leaning towards making a change, start your job hunt while you’re still employed. Dust off that resume, reach out to contacts, and ramp up that networking! If you're feeling uncertain, seeking advice from a career coach or mentor can be invaluable. I've often encountered and assisted clients right at this juncture, when they're contemplating whether to stay or make a move. It's a significant decision and having the right support can make all the difference.

Here’s what I want you to keep in mind: Your well-being and growth should always be a priority. Trust your gut! If something feels off, try to figure out what it is.

Remember: Every job or experience, good or bad, gets you one step closer to where you want to be. Stay tuned for our next post, where we'll explore the "green flags" that signal you're in the right job!

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Building Trust: The Cornerstone of Lasting Connections

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Building Trust: The Cornerstone of Lasting Connections

September 11, 2023

Pictured: 2 men in professional clothing shaking hands and smiling.As you consider your professional relationships, have you ever wondered what really cements a connection?

The answer is: Trust.

Trust is that intangible bond, that invisible thread, which ties us together in the professional realm and beyond.

Why is trust so crucial?

While networking events might give us a plethora of contacts, trust is the element that determines which of these contacts evolve into fruitful collaborations, partnerships, or even friendships.

Trust isn't just about believing someone will do as they say. It's about genuinely understanding the essence of a person, recognizing their values, and establishing an emotional connection.

When you trust someone, you're more willing to take risks with them, share your thoughts openly, and support each other in pursuing your goals. In the professional realm, this translates to collaborative projects, new business opportunities, and the sharing of valuable resources and information.

When trust is present, you know the other person has your back. This trust significantly reduces the energy and time spent on verifying, cross-checking, and second-guessing. The result? It saves time, reduces stress, and brings you peace of mind!

How to Cultivate Trust: The Actionable Steps

Building trust is akin to planting a tree. You sow the seeds, nurture them, and patiently wait as they sprout and grow. But what does that look like in real life?

Here’s a roadmap to help you foster trust:

Be Genuine. Authenticity is the starting point. In every interaction, be yourself. People can sense pretense, and nothing erodes trust faster than insincerity.

Keep Your Word. If you say you’re going to do something, make sure you do it. Reliability strengthens trust. Every time you follow through, you’re saying: You can trust me.

Engage with Empathy. Approach every interaction with a genuine heart, listening intently and responding thoughtfully. If you want to know what this might look like, consider Grieving Grace from one of my recent posts.

Keep Lines of Communication Open. Encourage open dialogue. Ask questions and invite feedback. When both parties engage in open communication, it creates a trust-enriching environment.

Recognize and Respect Boundaries. Everyone has their own unique boundaries. Recognizing and respecting these is vital to nurturing trust.

Create Shared Experiences. Spend time together beyond networking events. Shared experiences like coffee chats, lunch, or even shared projects, can deepen the bond of trust.

Trust is a Two-way Street

As you embark on this journey of trust-building, remember: It's not just about you trusting others, but also about making yourself trustworthy. Like the "You, You, Me, You" framework, it’s about mutual respect and understanding. The goal is to create a balance where both parties feel valued, understood, and most importantly, trusted.

Trust is the bedrock of every lasting connection. It's the foundation upon which all successful professional relationships are built.

So, the next time you're at a networking event, meeting, or even a casual get-together, approach each conversation from the perspective of building trust. It's an investment that will pay rich dividends in the form of enduring, valuable relationships.

For more insights on building trust, relationships, and effective communication, I'd recommend diving into my book: "You, You, Me, You: The Art of Talking to People, Networking, and Building Relationships."

Remember, trust is more than a word; it’s the heart of every genuine connection.

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