The Tell-Tale Signs You Need to Act for Change
When you’re working in technical jobs, you should feel happy, engaged, and motivated when you head off for a fresh new week on Monday morning. Does this sound unfamiliar to you? Does the start of a new week fill you with dread and misery?
That’s the Monday morning blues. A mixture of negative emotions that so many Americans feel if they’re unengaged, uninterested, and unhappy in their technical job.
Studies even show that the majority (37%) of job applications are received on a Tuesday, following the weekly Monday Blues.
These negative emotions even affect your weekend, weighing heavier and heavier on your mind as you close in on the week ahead. You shouldn’t feel this way. We spend a large amount of time at work, and you should be able to enjoy that time.
In this article, we discuss three classic symptoms of the Monday morning blues, and what you can do to create a healthier, happier life with an enjoyable career in technical jobs.
You Start the Week Feeling Exhausted
After working hard all week in your technical job, the weekend should be a time for relaxation and rejuvenation. Even going to bed early on a Sunday night will leave you feeling recharged on Monday morning, with a positive mindset and outlook for the week ahead.
If you’re still starting Monday morning feeling more exhausted than you did the Friday before, something is wrong.
Identify whether you’re simply overloading your weekend activities and need to reign them in a little, or if it’s because you’re using weekends to compensate for yet another miserable week at work.
Your Job Is No Longer Satisfying You
You used to be happy to go to work. Now, you’re not sure why you do. Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you feel like you’re underpaid?
- Are you hampered by inflexible work rotas that leave no time for your life outside of work?
- Does the work you do bore you, with a lack of challenge?
- Do you feel like your career has hit a brick wall, with little chance for training and development?
These are all classic signs that you need to act, sooner not later.
You Hate Your Boss
Most of your problems at work could be solved by your boss. The communication and support they provide is key. There’s only one problem: you don’t receive that support from your boss.
If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. According to research, 75% of a workplace say the worst thing about their job is their boss. 57% leave because of them.
How Do You Eliminate the Monday Morning Blues?
There are three steps to get out of the rut you are in:
1. Pinpoint the root cause
Take time to think about what is making you feel so low on a Sunday evening. Speak with your partner about it, or a friend who you can approach confidentially.
You must learn what it is that is the root cause of your anxiety:
- Is it your work routine?
- Perhaps it’s the pay?
- Is the lack of career progression making you feel undervalued?
- Is it your boss?
You may feel overworked, stressed, underchallenged. You may lack motivation, or feel exhausted by the dread of going into work. Don’t let your Monday morning blues develop into depression. Pinpoint the cause, then move to the next step.
2. Speak to your boss
This may be a difficult step to take, especially if your boss is the problem. However, it is important to get things in the open. Be honest about your issues and ask your boss for help to resolve them. You may be placed on a career development plan, offered more flexible hours, or even given a pay rise.
Sometimes your boss is so busy that they miss the signs that their employees are unhappy. Make the first move. You’ll be glad you did.
3. Consider searching for new technical jobs
If the idea of a fresh week at your current job fills you with dread, but the thought of a fresh start in a new job gets your motivation pumped, then it’s time to start getting your career back on track. Perhaps you’ve rolled the dice by talking to your boss, but nothing has changed.
When half of your weekend is absorbed with negativity, it’s time to make the change. You deserve to enjoy your working life, progress and thrive professionally, and relish in your personal life too.
If you’re fearful of the recruitment process, you don’t need to be. Get in touch with a staffing agency. They’ll have technical jobs that will spark your motivation again.
They’ll support you and guide you throughout the interview process, and help match you to an employer who will offer you the working environment you crave.
Being in the wrong job with the wrong support network can be very damaging to your physical and mental health. If this article has helped you realize your problems and your worth, then reach out to Loyal Source and start your new journey in technical jobs today.