You Showing Signs of Job Dissatisfaction?
Did you bounce out of bed this morning
excited to face the day ahead? Or did the thought of
getting up and going to work make you wish you could
stay snug in your bed?
If Monday mornings are a low point in your week, it
may be a sign that it’s time for a new career.
Often you know what you want subconsciously before you
know it consciously. While you may still be debating
whether or not to stay at your job, your subconscious
mind may have already decided it’s time for you to move
Most people who want to quit behave in ways that are
noticeably different than employees who are satisfied
with their jobs. Try the following quiz to see how many
of these “quitting signs” are true for you. For each
statement, note whether it is something you Often, Sometimes,
or Never experience. (If a statement doesn’t fit, feel
free to adapt it to your situation or skip it.)
- I find it hard to get
out of bed in the morning.
- I’m late for work.
- Once I arrive at work,
it takes me a while to actually get started working.
- I sit at my desk and
- I have less patience
with customers or co-workers than I used to.
- I spend time at work
doing personal tasks.
- I look at job websites
on the Internet when I’m at work.
- I get impatient with
rules and red tape at work.
- I take longer breaks
than I should.
- When I have to phone
people as part of my job I spend more time chatting
than I need to.
- I feel tired during
- I don’t bother mentioning
concerns to the boss because it’s usually a waste
- If I leave the office
during the day, I take my time getting back to work.
- I do the minimum amount
of work required.
- I check the time throughout
the day to see how close to quitting time it is.
- I feel bored at work.
- I “kill time” during
the day by chatting with co-workers or doing other
- I schedule medical
and other personal appointments during working hours.
- I start getting ready
to leave work before quitting time.
- I am out the door as
soon as it is quitting time.
- On the weekends I look
at the job classifieds or surf job sites on the Internet.
- I have called in sick
when I could actually have worked.
- I complain to my friends
about my job.
- I have trouble sleeping
on Sunday nights because I’m thinking about having
to go back to work.
- When I’m on holidays
I dread going back to work.
Give yourself 0 points
for each Never answer, 1 point for
each Sometimes answer and 2 points
for each Often answer then using the
following scores as a starting point to measure your
level of job satisfaction.
|0 to 10 points –
11-20 points – Somewhat satisfied
21-30 points – Somewhat dissatisfied
31-40 points – Very dissatisfied
41-50 points – Why are you still working there?
While a score over 40 is a clear sign of job dissatisfaction,
even the most satisfied worker is likely to score some
points on this quiz. For example, night owls who prefer
to sleep late might score a 2 on “I find it hard to get
out of bed in the morning” even if they like their job.
Only you can decide whether you are satisfied with your
current job -- or whether you’d rather find a new job
that makes you look forward to Mondays almost as much
as you look forward to the weekend.
Tag and Catherine Goulet
are founders of FabJob Inc. Visit www.FabJob.com
to discover how to break into the career of your dreams.