People are generally happier when they have a job than when they’re unemployed (not surprisingly). In fact, one study found that people’s overall emotional well-being depends very much on the quality of their jobs. In many cases, a dead-end job could be even worse for health than being unemployed.
To find out whether you’re working at a job that’s bad for your emotional health, we’ve outlined a few characteristics of positions that have hit a permanent plateau.
- Nothing changes. Ever. If everything about your job stays the same all the time, you’ve probably got a dead-end job. Think about your routine, pay, title and responsibilities. Five years from now, will they have changed? In a dead-end job, you won’t advance even if you offer to branch out and take on new responsibilities.
- There is no challenge. Your work is always easy. Tasks are too simple for you to utilize your skills. You don’t experience any personal satisfaction from completing your daily responsibilities. Instead, you’re bored. If these statements ring true, you may have a dead-end job.
- You aren’t meeting your career goals. The job you have now is fine, but you would really rather be doing something else. Your employer doesn’t support your career plans and has no room for you to grow.
- They’re passing you over. When promotions come up, the openings consistently go to your colleagues and not to you.
Any of these sound familiar to you? If so, you’re probably stuck in a dead-end job, and it may be time to start a new job search. Good luck!