It’s Sunday night, and you’re feeling anxious out of nowhere. You don’t know why you have these feelings, but it’s a sense of doom that is overwhelming and you simply can’t put your finger on it. After spending a relaxing weekend with family and friends, these feelings are pretty out of the blue while also being a little familiar.
Have you considered that your feelings are a response from your body due to the stress of your job and the unhappiness that comes with it? This is one of the main signs that you might be over your job. It’s okay – most people have been there. Here are other ways you can identify if it’s time to find a new gig.
You don’t feel valued or welcomed
Women of color are often caught in these spaces because they are trying to fit into a mainstream workspace that encourages them to mask their feelings and thoughts. For this reason, we can become resentful of our workplace and our leadership teams.
You get anxious thinking about your to-do list
The pandemic has removed a lot of boundaries and made work feel like it’s never ending, but even with the lockdown you should be managing your time and your to-do list as you normally would. If this feels completely overwhelming even when you have a plan of action, it’s time to consider a new role. We all have days that feel overwhelming but the idea of having to complete your tasks should not create so much anxiety that it prevents you from properly doing your job.
You find it hard to concentrate
You’re in a virtual meeting and your boss keeps asking you to chime in and give your opinions but you simply don’t care to participate.That might be a serious sign that you’re no longer invested in your company or your role and it’s time to make the switch.
You feel stuck and underutilized
Others are passing you by and you don’t know why. You know you work hard and you always exceed expectations, yet there is no raise and no additional responsibilities assigned to you. If your white counterparts are constantly being moved within the company this might be a form of discrimination – subtle or overt. Either way, it’s time to find a new place that values you!
If you’re feeling any or all of these it’s probably time to start that job search. No, it won’t be easy especially during a pandemic, but not seeking new opportunities is not an option when it comes to your mental health and professional development. You’re a queen, amiga! You deserve to work in a space that values you and your expertise. Go ahead and polish up that resume and make some calls to your network – it’s time to get you out of that funk!