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These 6 Signs Mean It’s Time to Look for a New Role

Naturally, we all go through periods of having exciting projects at work which make us fall in love with our roles again; and times when finding motivation is hard.

 

But if the thought of the end of the weekend and another week in work fills you with dread, this could be a sign that something is seriously wrong.

 

Either you’ve outgrown your role, your workplace has become toxic, or you realize that your passions lie elsewhere; in a different position or with a new company with different values. There are some signs to look out for which indicate that it’s time to look for a new job.

 

Deciding on a career move can be a daunting thing, and that’s why many people try to ignore the warning signs that they should move on.

 

Today, we share the six undeniable signs it’s time to look for a new job (and how to find one).

 
1. You Have Stopped Enjoying Going to Work

There can be many reasons people are reluctant to leave the house in the morning, from a commute that is regularly filled with traffic to a lengthy train journey.

But generally, travelling to work should not be a time where you dread the minutes counting down until your morning start time.

 

Have you found yourself stopping off for a coffee to delay getting into the office? Have you started taking the longer route to work? Does the thought of work in the morning keep you from sleeping at night?

 

Of course, many more of us are working from home now, and so the physical act of going to work might soon become a thing of the past in many roles. But this feeling of dread can become present in morning Zoom meetings, when you’re on a conference call or any time work-related messages pop-up on your screen.

 

A sense of dread when you think about your job should not be ignored – if this is happening to you, it’s time to make a change.

 
2. You Feel Disconnected From Your Role

High employee engagement is a characteristic of all excellent employers.

Great employers will ensure you have the right amount of work to do; that you’re not overworked or frequently find yourself with few tasks and unsure what you should be doing.

 

You should feel a passion and drive for your role, and a connection to your team and your employer which makes you want to give your best to the job – it was hopefully there when you first started in your role.

 

But over time, inadequate management can lead to employees feeling disconnected and then eventually stop caring. It’s hard to find enthusiasm for your role when you have become disconnected.

 
3. You are Taking Extra Sick Days

Taking extra sick days, or taking holidays simply to get away from your job is a sign that something is wrong.

 

It is estimated that 12.7% of all sick days are taken due to mental health problems, which can often be attributed to your current role in the first place.

 

If your mental health is being affected due to your job, first speak to your manager. They have a duty of care to you to ensure that your position is not causing you harm. Sadly, if the problems are out of your manager’s control, and they continue, it might be time to look for an employer who has an excellent wellbeing reputation.

 
4. You Don’t Get Along With Your Boss (or Your Colleagues)

Having a great relationship with your boss and your colleagues is never a given in any role – it’s always a nice added bonus when you find a role you love, and you get along with your team.

 

But negative relationships with the people you work with every day can quickly become draining, and they can turn a once dream job into a nightmare situation.

 

There should always be avenues you can explore before it gets as serious as leaving for a different company, but sometimes that’s what it takes.

 

Toxic workplaces are sadly more common than you might think, and although your job might look great on paper, if your boss regularly puts you down, and the atmosphere in the workplace is continually negative and is holding you back from success in your job role and your whole career, it’s time to find a company where you not only feel fulfilled but also happy.

 
5. You’re Being Underpaid

66% of employees feel that they are underpaid for the work they do – does this sound familiar?

 

When you start a job, the expectations might have been clear, but what commonly happens in workplaces is that over time, and as you become more experienced within the organization, you are tasked with more and more duties.

 

And your remuneration rarely increases with the amount of extra work you are now expected to do.

 

It might be a simple case of your manager not realizing how much extra “outside of your” role you are taking on – but this again is poor management on their part.

Suppose you are increasingly given extra tasks or are performing managerial duties and your employer tells you that you are not going to be paid any extra for it. In that case, this is a sign that your employer is taking advantage of you.

 

Not all employers behave like this – now should be the time to find one who doesn’t.

 
6. You Feel Undervalued

Aside from being paid a fair wage for the work you do; it is also important that you feel emotionally valued and supported by your manager and your colleagues.

Signs that you are being undervalued by your current employer include:

  • your work is overlooked,

  • your performance and pay reviews are continually pushed back,

  • you’re not trusted to have autonomy in your role,

  • those around you are promoted, and you get left behind.

Being undervalued can be a sign that your current employer is not going to support you in your career and that things are unlikely to change unless the entire company has a management shake-up – but you don’t have to wait for this to happen.

 
Next Steps

Many people stay in roles that are making them severely unhappy and impacting their mental health because they believe there is no other option for them.

 

The truth is there are always other options; you just might not know where to find them – and that’s where we come in.

 

Speak to a dedicated recruitment company – they will be able to offer advice and options, they can put you in touch with new potential employers and organize interviews for you – what are you waiting for?

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Lileah Akiode

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lileah@theblackdiamondagency.com
Lileah Akiode is the Managing Director of The Black Diamond Agency, a recruitment firm dedicated to connecting talented people with rewarding career opportunities. With a strong background in Talent Acquisition across different corporate retailers, Lileah brings a wealth of experience to ensure a seamless and positive candidate experience. In addition to corporate retail, Lileah also experience supporting the Financial Services and IT industries.

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How to decide if it’s time to leave your employer

Are you in the right role?

 

Considering leaving your current employer can be a major decision, and we understand that it can feel overwhelming. It’s natural to feel a bit apprehensive about starting a new role, meeting new people, and facing new challenges. Additionally, searching for a new job can be a bit daunting. Although it may not always be wise to switch jobs frequently without a clear direction, there are situations where moving to a new employer can be incredibly advantageous. A new job can provide better work culture, improved benefits, and fresh opportunities that may align better with your career goals.

With so many opportunities available in the job market today, candidates have more choices than ever before. A recent survey by Monster.com found that around 96% of employees globally are considering starting a new job in 2023. If you’re also considering a change, the most important thing is to ensure you have the right motivations.

We want you to succeed in your career and find the best fit for you. To help you make a well-informed decision, here are some key factors to consider when deciding if it’s the right time to make a move.

1. Look at Opportunities for Growth

We all want to achieve our career aspirations, feel that we’re continuously growing and developing professionally. The best job opportunities are those that open the door to learning and growth. It’s important to ensure that your current employer is committed to helping you thrive, expand, and succeed in the years to come, so that you can achieve your career goals.Even if you’re relatively content with your current role, a lack of development opportunities could make you feel bored, restricted, or hindered. That’s why it’s crucial to ask yourself some important questions:

  • What are the “next steps” available in your current role?
  • What is the company’s approach to promotions?
  • Is there opportunity for more challenging roles within your company?
  • What opportunities are available to help you build transferrable skills?

If your employer doesn’t provide opportunities to gain certifications, attend conferences, or even explore potential upward mobility within the company, it might be time to consider other options.

 2. Ask if the Culture Matches Your Needs

The term “company culture” has become a buzzword in recent times, and for good reason. According to several recent LinkedIn polls, over 80% of job seekers believe that a healthy work culture is essential for achieving success. When you first joined your company, you may have been content with the culture that was in place.

However, as you progress in your career, your priorities may shift. For instance, if you’re looking for remote or flexible working options to balance your new family responsibilities, you may need to find a company with a more adaptable and supportive culture. Sometimes, the culture within a business can also deteriorate over time.

Business leaders may stop actively investing in employee happiness and well-being, and new leaders and managers could create an uncomfortable working environment. When you’re not happy with the culture, it’s difficult to thrive in your role. As your career progresses, it’s essential to ensure that your workplace aligns with your values and goals.

 3. Watch for Signs of Burnout

Employee well-being is essential for any workplace to function effectively. Unfortunately, some employers fail to prioritize this, which negatively impacts associates physically and/or mentally. Burnout has become increasingly common in recent years, resulting from inefficient work processes, lack of stability, and complex digital transformations.

 

If you constantly feel exhausted at work, find yourself taking more days off to care for yourself, or experience excessive anxiety or stress, you could be on the verge of burnout. Not only can burnout impact your health, but it can also affect your job performance, tarnishing your professional reputation.It’s crucial to speak to your employer about ways to tackle burnout before considering leaving. However, if they’re unable to provide the necessary support, it might be time to explore new job opportunities that prioritize employee well-being.

4. Consider Your Engagement and Motivation Levels

We all have days at work where we may wish we were spending time with our loved ones or on vacation instead. But just because you feel this way sometimes doesn’t necessarily mean you should jump ship and leave your employer. However, if you’re constantly feeling unmotivated or disinterested in your work, it could be a sign that you’re in the wrong place. Take a moment to reflect on why you go to work each day:

  • Are you gaining personal and/or professional growth and development?
  • Do you feel you have a sense of purpose?
  • Or are you simply trying to make a living?

If you don’t feel motivated to do your best work, it could have consequences down the line. If you’re no longer passionate about your work or the company, it might be time to explore other opportunities where you can feel more engaged and excited about your role.

 5. Are You Using Your Full Potential

It’s not uncommon for a job to turn out differently than we anticipated, even when the job description seems clear. As time goes on, your position may evolve to the point where you’re doing more of the tasks you dislike and fewer of the tasks that motivate and inspire you. While it’s not necessary to love every aspect of your job, you should feel you have opportunities to showcase your skills and realize your full potential. If your current employer isn’t making use of your talents, you may begin to feel dissatisfied and restless.

Before considering leaving your job, it’s worth talking to your manager about opportunities to take on new challenges or do more of what you enjoy. However, if you feel like you’re stuck in a rut with no options for growth, it may be time to consider a change.

 6. Consider the Feedback Experience

To thrive in any role, it’s essential to receive regular feedback and guidance from your managers and supervisors. This feedback should help you improve your skills and drive your professional growth. Equally important is feeling acknowledged for your hard work. If your efforts go unnoticed, and your leaders fail to provide recognition and rewards, you may begin to feel unfulfilled in your job.

Don’t settle for feeling like an afterthought. You can discuss your concerns with your boss or HR team and work towards solutions. However, if you find yourself continually overlooked and underappreciated, it may be time to consider finding a role where your contributions are valued and recognized. Remember, feeling like a valued and integral part of a team can greatly impact your overall job satisfaction and motivation.

Is it Time to Switch Employers?

Switching to a different role can be a big decision, but it can also lead to exciting opportunities for growth and development. If you’re considering a change, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at info@thablackdiamondagency.com or 919-813-2454 to help you find the perfect fit. From salary and benefits to a supportive work environment, we’ll work with you to identify your priorities and find a role that aligns with your professional goals. 

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5 Red Flag Signs of a Toxic Work Environment

Creating a healthy work environment can be a game-changer for employees. When team members feel supported, collaborate with their colleagues, and are engaged in their work, they tend to be more productive and satisfied in their roles. Unfortunately, not all workplaces naturally foster this type of environment. According to Business Insider, around 1 in 9 US employees define their workplace as “toxic,” which means they feel the company culture, management style, and overall structure of their working

environment are negatively impacting their productivity, performance, and well-being.

 

Toxic workplaces can wear down employees over time through passive-aggressive behavior, poor communication, and problematic leadership. Eventually, it can be challenging to flourish professionally when the work environment is not conducive to growth.

 

In this article, we’ll explore some clear signs of a toxic workplace for team members and offer practical tips for handling a harmful environment. By being aware of the red flags and having strategies in place to address them, employees can regain control of their work environment and thrive in their roles.

 

The 5 Signs of a Toxic Work Environment

It’s important to note that symptoms of toxicity in a workplace can manifest in various ways, depending on the situation. Some individuals may feel their workplace is toxic when their boundaries are not respected or when they’re unable to grow and advance in their roles. Others may struggle with exclusionary behavior or bullying. The bottom line is that any work environment that impedes your ability to perform at your best, affects your mental health, or conflicts with your values can be toxic.

 

So, what are some of the most common signs of a toxic workplace? Here are a few red flags to watch out for:

1. Poor Communication

Studies show that poor communication and collaboration are at the root of around 86% of workplace issues, according to Salesforce. In any organization, effective communication is essential for keeping everyone on the same page and working towards shared goals. However, there are various factors that can hinder communication in the workplace.

 

For instance, employers may fail to provide team members with the necessary tools and resources to communicate effectively, such as video conferencing, messaging software, and other collaborative technologies. Additionally, employees may have different communication styles, and without proper training and support, this can lead to misunderstandings and communication breakdowns.

 

Furthermore, using jargon or technical language can also be a barrier to clear communication, making it difficult for team members to understand each other. It’s also essential to prioritize good listening skills and respect among colleagues to foster a healthy work environment.

 

Be on the lookout for red flags like a lack of transparency, passive-aggressive communication, or vague conversations. Addressing these issues head-on and creating an open and supportive communication culture can help mitigate toxic behavior and promote a positive work environment.

 2. Lack of Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical considerations for any modern workplace. The most talented professionals in today’s retail landscape seek inclusive, comfortable, and welcoming environments that foster strong connections and reduce stress levels.

However, not all workplaces meet these criteria, and some may struggle with exclusionary behavior. When companies fail to invest in building relationships between different teams and personalities, cliques can form, leading to feelings of isolation and hindering the flow of knowledge and information. This, in turn, can contribute to a toxic work environment, characterized by gossip and a lack of transparency.

 

Employees who feel left out may struggle with stress, anxiety, and burnout. Therefore, it’s crucial for businesses to prioritize creating an inclusive culture that fosters a sense of belonging for all team members. This can involve promoting teamwork and collaboration, encouraging cross-departmental interactions, and implementing diversity and inclusion training programs. By taking these steps, companies can foster a healthy and supportive workplace environment, benefitting both employees and the business as a whole.

3. Problematic Leadership

In the world of recruitment, there’s a popular saying that goes “People don’t leave bad jobs, they leave bad leaders.” While there are various reasons why talented professionals might look for opportunities elsewhere, a bad leader or manager can undoubtedly increase the risk of turnover. Poor leadership in any environment can lead to conflicts, reduced productivity, and employee frustration.

 

It’s important to note that there are many types of “bad bosses” out there. Some leaders are ineffective because they’re passive-aggressive or show favoritism towards certain staff members, while others micromanage their team or fail to provide enough feedback and guidance.

 

If your manager is hindering your progress or preventing you from reaching your full potential, it’s a sign that your workplace is either already toxic or on its way to becoming one. Employees need leaders who will support and guide them, allowing them to thrive in their roles and contribute to the company’s success.

 

Businesses should prioritize developing effective leadership skills among their managers and investing in leadership training programs. By doing so, companies can cultivate a positive work culture, increase employee satisfaction, and retain top talent.

4. Lack of Development Opportunities

A toxic workplace can take many forms. Sometimes, the problem isn’t necessarily the presence of bullies or poor communication skills. Instead, it could be the lack of opportunities for you to develop and improve your skills.

 

Every role you take on should contribute to nurturing your abilities, expanding your knowledge, and bringing you closer to achieving your career objectives. When your workplace fails to invest in your growth, training, or education, it’s essentially allowing your potential to go untapped.

 

In today’s rapidly evolving world, standing still means falling behind. A company that doesn’t prioritize upskilling, reskilling, and developing its employees will ultimately suffer from demotivation and high employee turnover. If your current employer isn’t investing in your growth, it might be time to consider exploring other job opportunities that do.

5. Increasing Symptoms of Burnout

It’s important to note that burnout isn’t just detrimental to the health and wellbeing of employees; it can also be damaging to the business as a whole. Burnout can lead to a lack of productivity, reduced morale, and ultimately, higher levels of staff turnover. When employees feel unsupported and undervalued, they’re more likely to look for alternative job opportunities.

 

If you’re feeling burned out, it’s essential to take steps to address the issue, whether that means seeking support from colleagues and managers, taking time off to rest, or reevaluating your work-life balance. And if you notice signs of burnout in your colleagues, it’s important to be empathetic and supportive, and to encourage them to take the necessary steps to prioritize their mental and physical health.

How to Deal with a Toxic Workplace

Toxic workplaces are a pervasive issue that can affect anyone, regardless of industry or experience. Even the most empathetic and supportive employers can overlook emerging signs of toxicity if they’re not careful. While there are ways to turn your working environment around, such as speaking with your bosses or finding ways to cut down on stress, some workplaces may be beyond repair. In these cases, it may be in your best interest to start looking for new opportunities elsewhere.

 

Working with a specialized retail recruiter can help you find a role in a company with a culture that aligns with your values, allowing you to thrive and achieve your professional goals. Remember, we can all encounter toxic workplaces during our careers. The key to success is to ensure that a negative workplace doesn’t poison your professional future. Taking the steps necessary to protect yourself and your career from a toxic work environment can help you achieve long-term success and happiness.

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Lileah Akiode is the Managing Director of The Black Diamond Agency, a recruitment firm dedicated to connecting talented people with rewarding career opportunities. With a strong background in Talent Acquisition across different corporate retailers, Lileah brings a wealth of experience to ensure a seamless and positive candidate experience. In addition to corporate retail, Lileah also experience supporting the Financial Services and IT industries.

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Unlock Your Potential

Stand Out & Climb the Retail Ladder

 

The retail workplace is known for its competitive nature, with employees striving to impress their managers, leave a lasting impression on their colleagues, and establish a strong professional brand. This creates an environment where individuals are constantly vying for attention and recognition.

Investing time and effort into distinguishing yourself in the workplace significantly increases your chances of receiving outstanding recommendations, unlocking promotion opportunities, and achieving more success in your career.

Furthermore, showcasing your worth and contributions can enhance your job security by demonstrating to business leaders the invaluable role you play within the team. With the rise of hybrid and remote working, it has become even more critical to stand out in the workplace. In fact, a study revealed that approximately 96% of employees believe that maintaining “visibility” is now crucial.

So, how can you ensure that you stand out in a positive and impactful way?

Step 1: Take Initiative

While it’s essential to fulfill your responsibilities, meet project deadlines, and adhere to standard operating procedures, truly standing out requires going the extra mile. Research consistently shows that proactive individuals in the workforce are often perceived as top performers, innovators, and valuable contributors. By taking initiative, you showcase your understanding of the company’s objectives and your willingness to take action without being prompted.

However, it’s crucial to discern the right moments to exercise initiative. When your employer provides specific instructions, diligently following them is generally more favorable than pursuing a more unconventional approach. Here are some effective and safe ways to demonstrate initiative:

  • Propose solutions to common challenges during meetings or work discussions.

  • Volunteer for new projects or express your interest in taking on additional responsibilities.

  • Actively seek opportunities to enhance your performance, such as pursuing training outside of work or developing new skills.

By seizing these opportunities to proactively contribute, you position yourself as a proactive and valuable member of the team.

Step 2: Develop your Skills

One surefire way to distinguish yourself in the dynamic retail industry is by investing in skills that not only benefit your employer but also enhance your effectiveness in your role. This demonstrates a genuine commitment to your employer and a dedication to excelling in your field.

To start, reflect on your current strengths and weaknesses and how they impact your work. Identify which skills you could develop to make yourself a more valuable asset to your employer. For instance, if your aspiration is to lead a team one day, focusing on improving your leadership skills would be highly beneficial.

In a rapidly evolving retail landscape, where technology and software advancements are commonplace, acquiring proficiency in relevant industry tools ensures you can maintain optimal performance in the future. Keeping up with the latest technological developments can give you a competitive edge.

Fortunately, there are abundant avenues for skill development as a retail professional. Consider attending industry events and conferences to learn from seasoned experts, enrolling in training programs or workshops, or exploring online courses tailored to your specific areas of interest.

If you’re uncertain about which skills to prioritize, seek guidance from your supervisors or managers. Engage in open conversations, seeking their insights on areas where you can improve and grow.

By actively investing in your skills, you not only elevate your value as a staff member but also demonstrate a proactive approach to personal and professional development. This commitment to continuous improvement will undoubtedly make you stand out in the retail landscape.

Step 3: Build Your Network

In the ever-evolving retail landscape, the saying “it’s not just what you know, but who you know” holds true. Building a robust professional network not only enhances your credibility with your current employer but also opens doors to new and exciting retail opportunities in the future.

When cultivating your network, it’s important to consider both internal and external connections. Internally, focus on fostering relationships with a wide range of individuals, including colleagues, managers, and supervisors. By establishing meaningful connections within your organization, you create a collaborative environment where your contributions are valued and recognized. Becoming an integral part of the workforce strengthens your position and demonstrates your commitment to personal and organizational success.

Beyond the boundaries of your workplace, seek out opportunities to connect with individuals who can contribute to your professional growth. Engage in online groups and forums relevant to your industry, leveraging the power of digital platforms to expand your network. Platforms like LinkedIn can serve as valuable resources for connecting with like-minded professionals and industry experts. Additionally, consider attending conferences and industry events, where you can forge new relationships and gain insights from leaders in the field.

By actively building your network, you position yourself as a proactive and engaged professional in the retail landscape. Your network becomes a valuable resource for knowledge sharing, mentorship, and potential career advancements. Embrace the power of connections to thrive in your industry and unlock a wealth of opportunities along the way.

Step 4: Showcase your Accomplishments

In an ideal workplace, managers and business leaders would effortlessly recognize and reward your hard work and accomplishments. However, in today’s dynamic retail landscape, it can be challenging for supervisors to stay fully abreast of every employee’s achievements. That’s why it’s important for you to take proactive steps to draw attention to your successes and showcase their value.

When you accomplish something exceptional in your role, don’t shy away from highlighting it. Be confident in sharing your achievements with your manager, and consider providing tangible evidence that demonstrates the impact of your accomplishments. This could include graphs, statistics, positive reviews, or any other relevant data that showcases the value you bring to the organization. By presenting concrete evidence, you enable your manager to recognize the significance of your contributions more readily.

To further solidify your case for recognition and advancement, consider keeping a personal file where you document your achievements. This serves as a repository of evidence that can be instrumental in convincing your employer of your deservingness for promotions or added responsibilities. Additionally, you can compile your accomplishments into presentations that showcase your progress over time, which can be shared during performance reviews or other appropriate opportunities. Remember, it’s equally important to extend congratulations to your colleagues for their achievements, fostering a culture of mutual recognition and support.

Step 5: Be a Team Player

Showcasing your individual strengths as a fantastic employee is crucial, but don’t overshadow your colleagues. Collaboration is highly valued, with 37% of employees emphasizing its importance. Being a team player cultivates better relationships, access to support, and a cohesive work environment.

Commit to collaboration by wholeheartedly participating in group projects, freely sharing your knowledge, and supporting team members. Offer guidance, assist when asked, and balance leadership with being a part of the team. Strive for a harmonious workplace where collective contributions lead to outstanding results.

In the retail landscape, finding the sweet spot between individual achievements and teamwork is key. Embrace collaboration to amplify success and create a fulfilling work environment.

Champion Yourself in the Workplace

To truly make your mark in the workplace and gain recognition from your employer, supervisors, and managers, it requires dedication and effort. By championing yourself through various strategies, you can effectively distinguish yourself and leave a lasting impression.

By combining these elements and consistently demonstrating them, you greatly increase your chances of shining brightly in the eyes of business leaders. Your dedication and commitment will not go unnoticed, propelling you towards success in the workplace.

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