Knowing if you’re working at the right company for you can be hard to figure out. If you’re asking yourself this question, this article can help point you in the right direction. Read on to figure out if you should stay at your current company or if it’s time to find a new job.
1. You Genuinely Enjoy Going to Work
Do you ever have the “Case of the Mondays”? If your answer is no, sounds like you’re in the right place! This means you’re genuinely excited to do your work and you feel challenged and excited every day.
2. You Get Along with Your Coworkers
Working with the right people can be really important to your overall job happiness. Even if there are a few people you might not get along with, if you’re happy with most of your team, that’s a good sign. If you feel you’re surrounded by like-minded people you have mutual respect with, you’re at the right company.
3. You’re Treated with Respect
Speaking of respect, this is a huge value every company should have. Every person, no matter their position, should be treated with respect. Respect is important for reducing stress and conflicts in the workplace. Respect can improve communication between coworkers, and increases productivity. The right company will foster an environment of respect.
4. You Can Speak Transparently Without Fear of Retribution
Retaliation is definitely a no-no. If you feel pushback whenever you speak up in the office, it’s definitely time to find a new company to call home. Every employee should know they have the freedom to speak their mind without retribution. Respect should also be given to people who speak transparently and honestly. Whether it’s presenting a new idea, identifying a problem, or challenging a coworker or superior you shouldn't have to second guess yourself because of retribution. The best ideas can come from anyone in the company - not just a manager or supervisor! It’s important to keep in mind that managers are hired or promoted because they are thoughtful, mature professionals. In a healthy organization, they aren’t afraid to listen to their subordinates.
5. There’s Room for Growth
When you join a new company, you have hope that your hard work will lead to raises and promotions. If your company reassures you of professional development, it shows that they care about your career progression and your contributions to the company. This means they are interested in keeping you at the company long-term. Growing within the company allows you to not only add to your skill sets but to train and mentor people as well.
6. You Face Challenges Head-On
Let’s face it - no company is perfect. Most likely you'll face some challenges and obstacles along the way. The key is to work in an environment that not only encourages you to face these challenges head-on but encourages you to take healthy risks. If you’re in an environment where you feel challenged and are encouraged and willing to take risks and learn from your mistakes, you’ve found a place to stick around in the long term.
7. Your Boss or Supervisor Pushes You to Be the Best
While you may think having a nice boss shows a healthy environment and a great place to work, that’s not always the case. A “Nice” boss doesn’t necessarily make a good boss. A nice boss may be a boss that avoids conflicts or helping solve them, which can lead to the downfall of the team. A good boss knows when to support their employees and when to push them to achieve and aim for more. Find a company where your boss is able to find the balance between nice and supportive and challenges you to be the best you can.
8. You Love Telling People About Your Job and Company
People love to talk about things that make them happy, and work should be no different! If you’re constantly telling your friends, family, and others how exciting your career is, this is a clear indication that you care about the work you’re doing and want other people to know and care too. Positively talking about your job outside of work means you truly love the company you’re with.
9. You Have Enough Time for Loved Ones, and More Importantly, Yourself
One characteristic employees look for in a company is work-life balance. It can be hard to find a job that gives you a balance to where you love walking into work because you feel well-rested and refreshed. Find a company that allows you to succeed at work while respecting your health, your personal relationships, and your time.
10. You Want Your Boss’ Job
Whether it’s your direct boss, a Director, a VP, CEO, etc. in the company, if you envy their position and it makes you want to move your way up in the company, that’s a great sign! Desiring a higher-up position isn’t a bad thing; it shows you want to grow within the company and can see yourself working there for a long time.
If after reading this you realize your company is missing some of the qualities on this list, and you really want them, it might be time for a career change.