Everyone likes to complain about their job. But when do you know the bad outweighs the good, and it’s time to move on? Below is a list of questions i use in my workshops to help people figure out if it’s time for them to start thinking about changing jobs.
Is It Time for a Change?
Do you have to work, or do you get to work?
Do you dread Monday? Do you count the hours until Friday, and the minutes to quitting time?
What attracted you to your current position? How is this different from what you like and dislike about your job now?
When someone new asks you what you do, are you proud or embarrased to say what you do?
What reaction do you want others to have to your position?
When you started this position, where did you want to be in 5 years? Are you there?
Is that what you still want? Why or why not?
Do you have professional goals that relate to your job? Are you excited and actively working on them, or do you have trouble making them up for your performance review?
What do your children/family/friends think about your work?
What are you passionate about? What do you do without getting paid for it?
What kinds of books, magazines and “stuff” are piled all over your house?
What accomplishments are you most proud of? Why?
What skills did you use to accomplish them?
What was the coolest project you have ever worked on? Why?
What was the worst project you have ever worked on, and why?
What is one thing you thought you’d like or excel at, but didn’t?
What is one thing you thought you’d hate or not be able to do, but you actually enjoyed?
What sorts of things do your colleagues regularly ask you for help with?
Do you think big companies have more prestige, resources and opportunities or do they have more politics, paperwork and layoffs than small companies?
Do startup companies have more innovation and excitement, or chaos and fewer resources?
Who is the best boss you ever had? Why?
Who was the worst boss you ever had? Why?
When you take work home, are you anxious to get to it, or are you distracted by everything else? Is this different for different types of work?
Do you want to be handed an assignment then left alone, or are you energized by team meetings?
What kind of clothing would you wear to work if it was up to you?
Are you driven by the desire to make as much money as possible, or would you rather enjoy your work more and make less money?
Do you seek awards and public recognition, or would you rather your work was interesting and personally satisfying?
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