8 Signs You Shouldn't Have Taken the Job

12 May 2021 Projectus Consulting


Things were probably getting sour or coming to a natural end at your last job and the exciting momentum of job hunting and meeting new people kicked in. You nailed the job interview and liked the commute. You posted on Facebook about pastures new and got 80 likes…..But it’s been a few weeks into the job and something doesn’t feel right. As the reality kicks in, you may find yourself facing up to the fact that your new company might not be the right workplace for you.

Here are 8 signs you shouldn't have taken the job.

1. On your first week your manager was unsure what to do with you, gave you ad-hoc tasks and failed to explain your team's project strategy.

2. Your colleagues are already complaining to you about how they hate their jobs and the company. They may have started saying mean and disapproving things about other colleagues and senior management.

3. Your manager has not explained (nor can you see) how the job description they sold to you applies to the job you are
doing. Particularly the ‘juicy’ role responsibilities you were after.

4. Your manager now promises that the ‘juicier’ elements of the role will be brought into effect after a review in ‘6 months or 12 months time.’

5. Your new colleagues have welcomed you but don’t understand why you are there or what your role actually brings to the company

6. You quickly discover that many people have held your position before you over a very short period of time

7. When you wake up in the morning you have a genuine sense of dread about going in, you may also find you are staying up later in the evenings and getting the dreaded 'Sunday night horrors.'

8. You may also be experiencing an uptake in midweek drinking, comfort eating and/or a lack of momentum across your usual hobbies like going to the gym or seeing friends.

Do any resonate with you?

If more than a few of these resonate with you, it may be time to re-evaluate your current situation. First, it’s best to raise the issue immediately with your manager and nip bad management in the bud. Construct a written case for why you feel the job isn’t measuring up to what was promised. Don’t make it sound like a complaint, write matter-of-fact differences between what was promised and the reality and ask your manager how each of the missing role expectations are going to be covered by your project forecast and company budget.

If your manager is evasive, doesn’t have the answers, or promises that key workstreams will be up for evaluation in the future, the job may not be all it was promised to be. Really, if a role is promised in a certain way, you should hit the ground running. If it’s a people issue, it’s unlikely you are going to be able to resolve the culture or wider employee expectation of the business anytime soon.

Above all, your job should be there to challenge you and grow your career. You never really know what a job is going to be like until you start so don't beat yourself up about it. If you really suspect something isn't right, it probably isn't and it is best to rip off the plaster quickly and move on.

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