There is a certain point in any role where comfort and proficiency can shift to complacency.
This is a dangerous transition because being too comfortable in any role can lead to stagnation. Here are three signs that it might be time to mix it up a bit.
When you begin to feel disengaged at work it’s a red flag. Whether it’s because your work no longer stimulates you mentally, or there seems to be no opportunity for skill set growth, feeling disconnected from your work is a sign that something needs to change.
Not Going Above and Beyond
If you no longer go above and beyond your job requirements in an effort to impress your team and management than you’ve likely grown too comfortable in your role. Typically, we see this in candidates who have been doing the same job routinely over an extended period of time. The company ship has been sailing in relatively calm seas and they no longer feel challenged anymore. For some this means resting on their laurels, which puts them in jeopardy if the company downsizes or reworks its staff in any way.
If you find yourself looking for a growth opportunity, perusing job ads or reading postings on LinkedIn, it’s definitely a sign that you are craving change. While it may not be time to jump ship, it is an indication that your current role no longer meets your career aspirations or desire for professional development.
There can be comfort in knowing a role well, but there is danger in complacency. Complacency leads to a lack of engagement. When you’re disengaged you stop going above and beyond, and this gets noticed by management. Fundamentally, you need to make sure you stay invested, and whether that means more professional development or volunteering to be the lead on a project, it’s imperative for your career that you continue to grow.