Signs that it’s time to try something new …

If on Sunday evening, you begin to feel queasy, either because you dread Monday mornings or you no longer feel challenged in your job, it may be time to look for a new one. Many people feel indifferent about their jobs     , but when is it time to seriously consider looking for a new career? We may have some answers for you:

It may be time for something new if …

 you’re having trouble getting out of bed in the morning.

Okay, so everyone has days when they just don’t feel like to going to work. If the thought of going to work, however, has progressed to the point where you’re filled with antipathy, or you’re always telling yourself, “It’s okay, you’re just having a bad month!” then it’s quite likely you’re in the wrong job.

That sort of situation reminds me of the story of the guy whose mother came to wake him up one Sunday morning. “Time to get out of bed, son, or you’ll be late for church!” she said. He rolled over and pulled the covers over his head. “I’m not going mother,” he replied, “and there are two reasons. First, they don’t like me, and second, I don’t like them.” So, his mother said, “Well, dear, you’ve got to go, and I’ll give YOU two reasons. First, you’re 53 years old, and second, you’re the pastor! Now get up and get a move on!”

… your work performance is off and your productivity has slipped.

Is this you? You’ve stopped getting to city hall early, staying late and taking on extra projects to get ahead. What you’re accomplishing at work is nothing to be proud of, and you frequently procrastinate, putting things off until the last minute. You’re doing just enough to get by, and to keep you from getting negative attention from your boss. You do just enough so you don’t stand out and so avoid being assigned more work. Most of the time you don’t finish your work. You just cross your fingers, close your eyes, and hope for the best.

This sad state of affairs reminds me of the story of Everet Everybody, Public Works Manager of Little Town, and his three staff members, Sam Somebody, Andy Anybody and Norm Nobody. One day there was some important road work scheduled to be done, and Everybody was sure Somebody would do it.                                                                                                                Anybody could have done it, but, in the end, Nobody did it.

… you harbour resentment for your boss and colleagues.

It seems like no matter what the situation, you blame your boss and/or colleagues for your lack of success, not being promoted or not getting that raise. Often, you find yourself bitter and jealous of others.

Then again, not getting a raise is not always your own fault. You want your boss to value you as an employee, but instead, you have the feeling you are being discredited or undervalued. You have always given 100%, but it doesn’t seem to matter because your boss doesn’t understand or value the municipality’s vision or culture. Overall, you don’t feel valued as an employee and can’t see yourself working for this person in the long-term.

It reminds me of that question: Why is Christmas just like your job? Answer: You do all the work and the fat guy in the suit gets all the credit.

… you’re looking for a raise.

Since you started working for your municipality, you have always been a dedicated employee. You are a hard worker, and willingly take on new responsibilities when asked by management. Although you are dedicated to the job, time keeps passing, and your income has stayed the same. You know your town is growing, so you don’t understand why you haven’t been given a raise. You are a great employee, but you’re starting to feel that your municipality doesn’t value you and how much you put into your job


It reminds us of the story of the woman who worked for years as the receptionist at the town office. As the story goes, she had a pretty good annual review, so the CAO told her she was up for a raise, pending the approval of the Mayor. A month later, the CAO called her into his office and told her the Mayor had refused to approve the raise. His reason? The woman clearly wasn’t doing her job. “Every time I saw her,” the Mayor said, “she was either chatting with someone in the lobby or talking on the phone!”

… you or your job are getting stale

You’ve worked at the same municipality for a while, you know everyone – and everyone knows you. You know your job inside out, and could likely do it with your eyes closed. This is great for some people, but it could be the beginning of complacency for others.

Getting too comfortable can open the door to you being outpaced by someone with new ideas and fresh approaches. If nothing new has happened in your role, and you’re stuck in a routine, you run the risk of becoming stale … and possibly unemployed!

Remember, at some point in time, you could be competing for roles against the rest of the market, not just inside your own municipality. Finding a job where the challenge excites you each day could be the answer.

Just remember this: If you can stay calm while all around you is chaos, then you probably haven’t completely understood the situation.

Did you hear about the Municipal HR Department that received an email from the mayor requesting a listing of town staff … “I want it broken down by age and sex,” wrote the mayor.

The Human Resources Department sent this reply … “Attached is a list of our staff. We currently have no one broken down by age or sex. However, we have a few heavy drinkers.”