If you’ve been feeling frustrated at your job lately, you’re not alone.
JobStreet.com recently published the findings of their Job Happiness Index for 2017 in Singapore, and it turns out 45% of Singaporeans are unhappy at work, with only 28% of women reported to be happy with their jobs compared to 35% for men.
Survey respondents were between 24 and 68 years old, so if you’re within this age group, about half of you aren’t exactly smiling on your way to work.
But is it a good idea to switch jobs or just suck it up? It was reported last year that even though the current job market was showing signs of recovery, it’s still not as good as we’d like.
If you’re unsure about whether you should take a leap of faith and change things up, here are 6 ways to tell if it’s time for a new job.
LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
If you’ve been having problems with your leaders and butting heads with bosses constantly, it might be time for a switch.
Issues with the management was one of the top reasons for unhappiness in the workplace according to the survey, so if you’ve been spending your free time drawing devil horns on your manager’s picture, a change wouldn’t be a bad idea.
LACKING CAREER PROGRESSION
Unless you like doing literally the same thing every day, a lack of career development and a clear path of progression could leave you wondering if your company values your work at all.
If you don’t see anything changing in your current position anytime soon, chances are you won’t exactly be happy to stay on longer.
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Being given the opportunity to upgrade your skills goes hand in hand career progression.
“When their career trajectories stagnate, employees do not derive any form of satisfaction and may begin to resent their jobs,” Ms Chew Siew Mee, Country Manager, JobStreet.com Singapore, explains.
“To retain outstanding performers, there is a need to give them new challenges and more high-level responsibilities so that they can grow their skillsets.”
So if you seem to have encountered a roadblock in your training and development, you can try to figure something out with your bosses or begin looking for other options.
Where we work and how we get to work is important. So much so that it was a big factor affecting the job happiness of the respondents.
“Our survey found that 47.22% of the respondents are happy because of the ease of commute, ” said Ms Chew. “However, the long travel time from home to workplace has led to unhappiness in 26.32% of the respondents.
It doesn’t seem surprising, especially If you’ve ever been stuck in a jam or encountered one of the many train breakdowns during the morning rush hour.
Being able to get along and work well with your peers is another reason why those surveyed were happy.
Having good colleagues was identified as one of the key factors that contributed to workplace happiness and it just makes sense.
It’s not fun to be stuck in a place where all the responsibility is shoved to you while your co-workers slack off in the pantry is it?
There’s nothing wrong with working for a smaller company or startup, but the survey showed that workers in larger companies appear to be happier.
This is due to “a more defined organizational structure with various departments, which provide employees the option to explore other job scopes without leaving the company.”
This also ties in with the point about career progression as bigger companies usually have more resources available to send their employees for upgrading.
Having said that, employers and employees alike should work together to sort things out as well as they can.
Ms Chew suggests that employers should try to provide incentives, like transport subsidies, flexibility at work, salary increments and additional job perks in order to retain their employees.
“Candidates also have a part to play in maintaining their happiness level at work,” Ms Chew said. “Exercise an open and positive mindset at work, [and] communicate with their superiors if there are any work challenges.”
So is it time for you to leave? If there’s really nothing that can be done to change all those factors, then maybe you can consider jumping ship. Just remember to factor in train breakdowns.
By Gilbert Wong, Men’s Health Content Producer