With the weather we’ve been enjoying and the spring season officially starting this week, it’s understandable if you have been experiencing some “spring fever.”
Definitions of “spring fever” vary, but one form it can take is a feeling of restlessness, according to Collins English Dictionary.
If you are feeling restless at work, it might simply mean that you’re looking forward to getting outside and enjoying the beautiful weather.
However, if much of your workday is spent looking forward to it being over, it could be a sign that its time for a new career.
Watching the clock is just one of a number of signs that can signal job dissatisfaction.
If you’re unsure whether your restlessness means it’s time for you to consider moving on, try the following quiz to see how many of these “quitting signs” are true for you.
For each of the following statements, note whether it is something you Often, Sometimes, or Never experience. (If a statement doesn’t fit, feel free to adapt it to your situation or skip it.)
- I find it hard to get out of bed in the morning.
- I’m late for work.
- Once I arrive at work, it takes me a while to actually get started working.
- I sit at my desk and daydream.
- I have less patience with customers or co-workers than I used to.
- I spend time at work doing personal tasks.
- I look at job websites on the Internet when I’m at work.
- I get impatient with rules and red tape at work.
- I take longer breaks than I should.
- When I have to phone people as part of my job I spend more time chatting than I need to.
- I feel tired during the workday.
- I don’t bother mentioning concerns to the boss because its usually a waste of time.
- If I leave the office during the day, I take my time getting back to work.
- I do the minimum amount of work required.
- I check the time throughout the day to see how close to quitting time it is.
- I feel bored at work.
- I kill time during the day by chatting with co-workers or doing other non-essential tasks.
- I schedule medical and other personal appointments during working hours.
- I start getting ready to leave work before quitting time.
- I am out the door as soon as it is quitting time.
- On the weekends I look at the job classifieds or surf job sites on the Internet.
- I have called in sick when I could actually have worked.
- I complain to my friends about my job.
- I have trouble sleeping on Sunday nights because I’m thinking about having to go back to work.
- When I’m on holidays I dread going back to work.
Give yourself 0 points for each Never answer, 1 point for each Sometimes answer and 2 points for each Often answer then using the following scores as a starting point to measure your level of job satisfaction.
0 to 10 points Very satisfied
11-20 points Somewhat satisfied
21-30 points Somewhat dissatisfied
31-40 points Very dissatisfied
41-50 points Why are you still working there?
While a score over 40 is a clear sign of dissatisfaction, even the most satisfied worker is likely to score some points on this quiz. For example, night owls who prefer to sleep late might score a 2 on I find it hard to get out of bed in the morning even if they like their job.
Only you can decide whether you are satisfied with your current job — or whether you would rather find a new job you can enjoy in any season.
Tag Goulet is co-founder of FabJob.com and Academic Director of the International Association of Professions Career College, which offers certificates for dream careers. To contact Tag visit www.iapcollege.com.