Work-related angst comes with the territory of living in Singapore. We all experience it, but how much is too much?
Here are five signs you’ll be doing yourself a favour by leaving your job.
It’s not just about lousy increments (or worse, none at all) over the years – if you’ve got more and more responsibilities piled on to you without a corresponding increase in pay, your job could be making you poorer.
It’s also quite common for local companies to promote staff without giving them a raise.
In addition, recruiters generally recommend that you not stay in a job for more than three years as it causes your pay to stagnate.
NEXT: Stress is causing you to burn out →
There are stressors in every job, but if you’re working in an unhealthy environment that’s causing you to burn out, it’s time to get out. Particularly in Singapore – extra-long work hours are, but shouldn’t be, a norm in the local working culture.
But before you throw in the towel, make any possible lifestyle adjustments that could make your job more bearable.
NEXT: You can’t seem to get ahead →
In reality, a large part of your success at your job depends not on the quality of your work, but how well you can navigate minefields and win the favour and cooperation of your bosses and colleagues.
Sometimes, there’s so much politicking going on that no work actually gets done because everyone’s too busy sharpening their weapons behind their cupical walls. If people at the office are dragging you down, it’s time to leave for a workplace where your hard work will actually be appreciated.
NEXT: There’s no room for you to grow →
Do you see a promotion potentially happening – would there be a vacancy for you to take over? Is there room in your company for you to challenge yourself? If the answer is no, you’ve probably outgrown your company.
This can happen if you’re already at the highest level of seniority that the company can offer you. Time to look for greener pastures – or pastures to make greener!
NEXT: You suspect retrenchment is on the horizon →
Singapore is the land of plenty for bright-eyed, bushy-tailed young employees (We were ranked #1 in the world for start-up talent, even ahead of Silicon Valley!), but for middle-aged employees who’re more expensive to hire, the risk of retrenchment is ever-present.
See a bleak future? Start looking around for new opportunities.
NEXT: Your annual increments have sucked or been non-existent →
By Joanne Poh, MoneySmart, April 2017
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