Unhappy at your job? According to Gallup you may not be the only one. MedCareerNews has some tips to help you make a career change and things to think about before you make the jump.
Most employees not engaged at their job
For more than 20 years Gallup has been measuring employee satisfaction across the globe. In their most recent survey, Gallup found that vast majority, some 63%, are “not engaged,” meaning they are unhappy but don’t hate their jobs. A full 24% do hate their jobs and are what Gallup calls “actively disengaged.” According to the international survey, only 13% of workers feel engaged by their jobs. Workers who are not engaged at their jobs tend to be less productive and less safe than they could be. When comparing the numbers the U.S. scores better than many countries, with 30% happy in their work, 52% feeling blah and 18% who hate their jobs. The happiest workers live in Panama, where 37% love their jobs, 51% are not engaged and 12% are very unhappy.
Are you engaged at your job?
To figure out the level of engagement of workers, Gallup put together a list of 12 statements. Here they are so you can see where you stand:
- I know what is expected of me at work
- I have the material and equipment I need to do my work right.
- At work, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day.
- In the last seven days, I have received recognition or praise for doing good work.
- My supervisor, or someone at work, seems to care about me as a person.
- There is someone at work who encourages my development.
- At work, my opinions seem to count.
- The mission or purpose of my company makes me feel my job is important.
- My associates or fellow employees are committed to doing quality work.
- I have a best friend at work.
- In the last six months, someone at work has talked to me about my progress.
- This last year, I have had opportunities at work to learn and grow.
If you agree with most of those statements you are probably relatively happy at work. If you disagreed, then it might be time to polish up your resume.
Check out your resume before you start the job hunt
But it’s important to keep in mind, if you have been working at your current company for less than a year, think twice before you leave. It might be better for your long term career advancement to stay with your position, and pick up yoga to keep you sane, for at least one year, but aim for 3-5 years. Job hopping, or the appearance of being a job hopper on your resume is one of the most common reason people do not get interviewed. No company wants to invest in training an employee to have them move on after a few months. Hiring managers see multiple short stints as a big red flag. You might be able to get away with one, but more than two and it will raise eyebrows. Do your best to stick it out for awhile, especially if you’ve already left one job quickly, and you will be happier in the long run. If you are ready to leave and start the job hunt, keep in mind no matter how unhappy you are in your current position, it’s never a good idea to speak ill of your current employer. Even if you are just networking try and stay neutral.
Never talk poorly about your current employer
If a hiring manager asks “why you are looking” don’t respond by saying you don’t along with your boss. Keep your responses general and focused on the opportunities a new position could provide. You don’t want to seem difficult or hard to work with by complaining. Do your best to keep a positive outlook and stay focused on getting the job you do want.
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Lindsey McCoy MPA, is an Executive Medical Recruiter and former CEO in the not for profit sector.