It is common to hear people grumbling about their job and the company they work for. You probably do that too. But which grouses are serious versus those that are just a way of letting off steam after a tough day in the office?

The following points may help you decide whether you should start afresh or stay where you are.

The beginning and end

You start your day feeling grouchy because you have to go to work. You end the day brooding about your work day. Your sleep quality suffers and your health is compromised as a result. Is staying on the job more harmful or beneficial to you?

Lip service

Do you find yourself being cynical about whatever the company or management has to say? Do you dismiss most statements as lip service or simply putting up a show or do you receive them with grace and positivity?

Do you find yourself consistently spouting only negative comments about the people whom you work with or your working environment, right down to how ugly the carpet is?

Shunning the crowd

Company events and activities are for team-building and to reward performance. It is key to be part of such activities in order to celebrate together and to boost morale and walk away feeling pumped up and good about your job and the people you work with.

If you choose not to be part of such activities aimed at bringing people together and recognising performance, this is very telling of your level of commitment and attachment to what matters to the company — employee morale and talent recognition.

Tenure

If you have tended to stay for a short while in most of your jobs, this will not reflect well on your level of resilience and commitment. Success on the job and a high performance level usually take a few years. Conversely, staying in a job within the same company for too long may be a sign of stagnation.

Seek new roles and expanded responsibilities within the same company to ensure you are constantly stretching your abilities and gaining new experience and perspective at work. If you are stuck in the same role for too long, it is perhaps time to seek a new experience and greater appreciation elsewhere.

The boss

Numerous surveys have shown that the majority of people leave their jobs because of their immediate boss. A great brand name to work for, excellent job benefits or a nice pay package will not cushion the pain of working for someone whom you feel does nothing for your career and who makes you feel unappreciated.

Do you feel embarrassed to acknowledge your boss as your superior in your industry? Do you avoid bringing your boss to meet your customers? Do you cringe every time you see or hear him speak to the media?

Leave

Are you constantly taking leave just to get away from the office? If you are, then clearly your heart and mind can no longer stay focused in the office, which in turn means your productivity and performance are heading south too.

Taking too many vacations not only drains your bank account but also your momentum at work. Perhaps it is better to take a month’s vacation and then come back recharged and rejuvenated, rather than short stints away from the office.

Compensation

If you have hit an income ceiling for your job grade or are on a compensation scheme that never seems to move, and there is little chance of a promotion, then finding a new employer is certainly a way of helping yourself financially. If you are truly valued in your current job, it should be reflected appropriately in your remuneration.

Change of industry

Chalking up experience in your industry is valuable for your career development. But it is possible to realise further down the road that your career does not align with your true interests.

When this happens, a change starts to look appealing. However, you need to consider how to cross over into a new industry without the relevant experience. One possible way is to look for a change within your organisation that meets your interests and puts your strengths to good use.

For example, if you are a sales manager, can you move into sales operations — a function that you are more interested in? Or if you are in a technical support role, can you become a consultant?

If you find yourself identifying with at least five of the above points, it is probably time to say goodbye. Staying on in a job or with a company you are no longer engaged with, is costing you happiness and fulfilment and depriving your company of a productive and committed human resource too. Reinvent yourself as a motivated and engaged employee in another organisation.