Ten Signs It's Time to Find a New Employer

By Dennis McCafferty
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You can give yourself pep talks on the way to work every morning. You can load up on caffeine to give yourself an artificial boost. You can keep saying, "It's going to get better." However, there's a big difference between trying to maintain a positive attitude and allowing yourself to "die on the vine" in a work environment that's just not right for you. There are certain fixed dynamics—corporate culture, products and services offered, advancement opportunities, co-workers' performance and personalities, etc.—that you can't change no matter how talented, dedicated and driven you are. And when your workplace drains your energy, enthusiasm and passion for your job, it's time to find a new employer. After all, it's better to look for a job while you still have one. With that in mind, we offer the following trouble signs that will let you know when it's time to start looking for another position. These signs were compiled from a number of resources and experts, including Lifehacker.com, BoredomtoBoardroom.com and Jude Bijou, a psychotherapist and workshop leader. Bijou is also author of Attitude Reconstruction (Riviera Press/available now).

This article was originally published on 2013-10-24
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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