Are You Working a Dead-End Job? 7 Signs That You May Be
This article is kinda off topic but still a worth read for my readers. Most of you are working employees so should be relevant. Just thought of writing something other than tech stuff
There are times when you felt like you are working at a dead end job. If that’s the case definitely you are not alone. Even through with that in mind,Just because you think that you are working in a dead end job, it’s not always necessarily mean that you are. Sounds confusing ? yes it is. If you want to clarify things and have have some proof or verification you might be interested i n reading on.
Sign #1: Same position for years and years ?
Do you find yourself at same position for years ? If that is the true be aware! it’s one of the sign that you might be working in a dead end job. If you joined your organization with the intention of no improvement then the current position may be fine for you,But is that the case ? Being said that in mind,If you have goals and have yet to see those accomplished you might be working in a dead end job. Do you want your hard work un-rewarded ? Especially if you were hired by the same company for years.
Sign #2 : Same Payout for years and years ?
Another sign that you might be part of a dead end job is you are getting same payout for years. Actually many employers automatically give you appraisals yearly or even quarterly. If you are working with same organization and for a long period of time with no or less appraisals you may be part of a dead end job. There is a good thing though, If your only issue is with pay you still have chance to turn this dead-end job into a great job. You can do this by inquiring about a pay raise. Sometime it works and sometime makes you feel like you are begging for your rights Sad but true. Though many employers expect this, especially after an extended period of time without a raise; therefore, you may have nothing to lose by at least asking.
Sign #3 : Your hours are counted as minutes
When you love what you are doing, most likely you don’t stare on the clock. When you know you are going somewhere positive you usually don’t care how much time you are spending. But the thing is , When you stop caring about what you are doing (Job) a feeling come that your job is taking away your important time which you could spend with your family members or other tasks.
You can ask below question to you and see whether you are doing a dead-end job or a great job.
- Do you honestly feel that there are adequate opportunities for advancement?
- Do you honestly feel that your boss and the management cares about you?
- Whether there is a sense of camaraderie and a common purpose at your workplace?
Sign #4 : Management is a bunch of incompetent buffoons ?
You might be getting nice benefits,package and a decent salary but it can be still be hard to work on a blood-sucking project full with problems that management is unwilling or unable to fix.
it’s fact that Management doesn’t always know how to best motivate their employees. Possibly they are taking some kinda short approach to bleeding the employees dry instead of giving the tools to succeed. Do you notice salary and compensation is based on arbitrary instead of performance ?
Few questions which should say whether the ship is starting to sink?
- Number is departuers are far more than new hiring ?
- Lack of communication between management and you ?
- You do your job without even knowing why ?
- Management only speaks in terms of generalities and vague statements ?
- Mostly The real news comes only through the grapevine ?
If most of the answer is positive, possibly these are signs the ship ain’t going into right direction.
Sign #5 : Do you spend more time looking at Facebook rather than doing your job ?
If you don’t love your job, you tend to spend more time looking at facebook and other websites instead of doing the actual job. Reason could be either there is no much work to do or you are simply demotivated to work.
This will be for short time of-cou se, Management will find out you are surfing the web instead of doing your job and crank down the ways to access outside website but did they tried to look into why employees don’t like the job ?
Sign #6 : Promise of promotion which never come true ?
Of-course managers know that it’s their responsibility to keep the employees motivated, But they may not have the budget or whatever of that sort to hand out appraisal latters. Or you think they simply not have will or desire to do so ?
At this point, they might hold back from sharing the bad news with you. A simple “NO” may demotivate you so they try to say “yes” from their own. They Surly understand that “A motivated employee is more productive”.
- When was your last promotion ?
- Have your management give you lot of hints but no real action ?
- Is there even a room for you to get promoted ?
It will be really annoying to feel like like management is not listening to the performance reports from the ground. You want to feel like you are working on projects that will make a difference, and that their concerns are being heard.Don’t you ? Nobody wants to be stuck working on a manager’s bridge to nowhere.
sign #7 : Working as a senior but being paid like juniors ?
Last but not the least. So after a long time you got the position and raise you were waiting for. But in this time their base starting salary increased due to market needs. Now even through you are working as a senior but your payout is lower than the newly hired junior. That hurts and is enough to demotivate you
Above mentioned are just few sings that should trigger whether you are working in a dead-end job or not. As mentioned earlier it is important to remember that you are not bond to keep on working what may be called as a dead-end job forever. There are still ways you can take to see improvement and success.
At this point the best thing you can do is, hear yourself. what you want ? and To accomplish that what you can do ?
Alright, That’s is for today. have you ever trapped in a dead-end job ? I would love to hear your stories. Write down below in comments .Either use your own name or use a fake name depends on your guts