When you start a job, it’s common to feel engaged on a daily basis. After all, the tasks are new, making them a bit challenging and interesting even if they fall into your area of expertise. Plus, the unfamiliar environment adds a level of intrigue, increasing the level of excitement.
But, once you’ve been at your workplace for a while, many of those sensations wear off. Over time, it’s harder to figure out if you are working in the right place, as you may feel conflicted about your experience.
Luckily, there are a few signs that suggest you are in the proper role, even if it doesn’t always seem that way. Here are five to consider.
Your Workday Flies By
If you rarely find yourself staring longingly at the clock or are regularly startled when it’s time to clock out, then you are probably in the right place. As the old adage goes, “time flies when you’re having fun,” so, if you feel productive and the days seem to pass by quickly, that’s a great sign.
You Feel Challenged
While every day shouldn’t appear to be filled with impassable obstacles, feeling challenged on a regular basis is a good thing. Without some new tasks, tough (but manageable) deadlines, or increasing responsibilities, you won’t learn and grow as a professional.
Being able to get out of your comfort zone often means your workplace is supporting your development. Plus, it can increase engagement, making a job feel more satisfying, while also preparing you for bigger successes in the future.
You Respect Your Coworkers
Having a healthy relationship with your coworkers doesn’t mean you all have to like each other all of the time. However, respecting each other should be viewed as essential, as it allows you all to work past personality differences or variances of opinion with greater ease.
If you view your coworkers positively, respect them as professionals, and even consider a few of them as friends, that could indicate you are working at the right place.
You Have Balance
Work-life balance is one of the most sought after pseudo-workplace benefits. If you have enough time for yourself and your family outside of your work hours, that suggest you may have achieved it.
Any good job will allow you to maintain your health and personal relationships. If your role doesn’t intrude into your off-hours or weekends but provides you with enough stimulation and money to feel content, then consider that a great sign.
You Talk Up Your Job (and Employer)
When people ask you about your role or employer, do you have nothing but nice things to share? If so, you could be in the right job.
Often, if you immediately focus on the virtues of your role and company, that suggests the positives significantly outweigh any negatives. As long as your responses are sincere, it’s a positive sign.
Ready to Love Your Job?
All of the points above can help you determine if you are actually working in the right place. If you’d like to learn more about evaluating your position, the team at Bayside Solutions can help. Contact us to discuss your questions or concerns with a member of our knowledgeable staff today and see how our career expertise can benefit you.