21 Signs that you are losing interest in your job


At some point in time most of us have been through periods where we lose interest in our jobs or assignments we are involved in. This is only a problem if the lack of interest persists for more than a few weeks and noticeable changes in behavior occur. Here are 21 sure signs that you are losing interest in your job and that it maybe time to move on to your next challenge.

1. You no longer feel challenged in the work you are doing. It is either boring or of little interest to you and your only goal is to get it done as soon as possible, as opposed to doing the best job possible

2. You cannot concentrate on a particular activity for more than an hour or without first having a caffeine induced buzz. This includes getting easily distracted by other’s conversations or general office noise

3. You feel that you are always getting the crappy assignments and others in your team are getting the good ones. This could also be a sign that your employer is losing interest in you!

4. You cannot remember the last time you got a promotion, above average raise or a special achievement award, and you have stopped caring that you haven’t got one of these in a while

5. You get too work late and leave early for no real reason other than you want to minimize your time spent at work. Overtime is a painful word to you

6. You look forward to the social interactions at work more than the actual work it self. This is reflected when everyone comes to you for the office gossip and management gripes, and you are more than happy to discuss and complain about how bad the current conditions are

7. You feel that things have to be better elsewhere and that it is only your job/company that is bad. This is called the “Grass is greener on the other side syndrome”, and is rarely true, especially if this is the second or third job/company in a row that is making you feel this way

8. You spend more than 2 to 3 hrs a day on non-work related stuff like surfing the web for the latest McCain/Obama political news, celebrity gossip, blogging, stock trading, online shopping or on message boards

9. All you care about is your paycheck and not about professional growth, future projects or where the company is headed

10. You can’t be bothered participating in any after work related social or sporting activities. These are some of the best networking opportunities and committed employees make the time to go to these

11. You tune out in a majority of meetings you attend and can’t remember the last meeting where made a constructive contribution

12. You never volunteer for projects or activities that could mean extra work for you, but could also have resulted in recognition of your work by senior management

13. You blame office or organizational politics for everything that is bad in the company, and think that you could do things better but just don’t have the authority

14. You feel like everyone enjoys being at work, while you don’t and start resenting your colleagues who are doing well in their jobs

15. You only do enough work to get by and to avoid detection of your lack of interest

16. You actually look at the spam emails talking about made up jobs that look to be too true, like professional chocolate taster. All they want is your email and phone number, to put you on a master distribution list. This also extends to the excessive amount of time you spend on Linkedin or other professional networking sites, to see what your “connections” are doing. Networking is good, but not when it becomes your main activity while at work

17. You feel really depressed on Sunday evenings at the prospect of going to work the next day

18. You are only in your job because the economy is bad and so you justify to yourself that there is not point in looking for another job

19. You stop mentoring or helping junior colleagues and feel resentful of the fact they are trying to do your job without the years of experience you have

20. You take one or more sick days a month when neither you nor anyone in your family is really unwell

21. You have read this entire list a few times over and can relate to a majority (15+) of the items!

If you met the criteria for point 21, then it is time to start looking for a new job because you are in a rut with your current role and on your way to becoming a disgruntled employee. Either look within the company (if the issue is only with your current role/department) or for a fresh start look at moving to a new company. Don’t wait for things to get “better”, because in most cases they won’t. If you find the same signs have emerged in the past 2 to 3 jobs you have held, it could be time for a career or even attitude change. More on that in a future post.

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7 Comments on "21 Signs that you are losing interest in your job"

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Wednesday 3:29 pm
Very nice Article Andy. My story is similar. It as been 11 years for me doing same line of work and 8 years for me in the same company. I have lost the interest, over 15 items in the list above applies to me. I have a small business on side and wife is working, plus substantial saving that I could live off of for years. So finance is not the issue but I am thinking that If I continue doing the same things for next 5 year then, We can become a financially independent family and no longer have to do Job in future. Current age is 33 years ( Male )and we planning to have our first baby next year. I know sticking with the current job is financially wise decision, also it supports our future plans for a baby, but it is becoming difficult to stay focused.… Read more »
Sunday 9:20 pm

Victor – Thanks for the comment. Glad to see you have your finances together, but honestly if you don’t like what you do find something you do or that will challenge you. 5 years is a long time and you can become very bitter if you spend 8 hrs doing something you hate. Look around you may be surprised with the opportunities out there and you sound like an organized and smart guy. Don’t waste your 30’s doing something you dislike. I was in a similar boat until I changed my job and only now wish I had done it sooner.

Good luck!

Saturday 2:36 am

This Is a great article! There are few points that I agree with and need to work on. Recently, I’ve been losing interest in work and was wondering why it is happening! Perhaps that’s what happens when there’s nothing to challenge! Will have to think over and try a different approach, so that I can inject some fresh thoughts and ways of doing the routine!

Friday 12:20 am
I work as an automotive mechanic doing slight and minimal work. When I got into this business 4 years ago, I thought it was the right call for me. My interests were high and my energy was great. Recently, maybe 3-4 months ago, I noticed that my work performance declined, my passion for working on cars dipped, and I always was depressed and unhappy at work. Unfortunately, this last week has been the most difficult as I began working for a new shop doing the same thing. As a man with many many bills, I cannot afford to quit or go back to school. I also have 2 children that depends on my income for food, clothes, school, and etc. Did I mention that my position only pays just enough to get by with food and bills, not enough to save and have a little time off. But, I think… Read more »
Friday 12:30 pm
GT – Thanks for sharing your personal feelings and story. Here are my thoughts on how to “get there” 1. Education for reskilling is key. Look at doing an online course may be the best option for you given your busy life 2. Volunteer at other places to get a feel of other things which may make you more passionate 3. can you move to related insustries where your skills will be valued, but the work would be different? 4. Mentor someone younger, this can be fulfilling 5. Network, network with other people to see what drives them. Ask for feedback and don’t be scared of critisicm – others can sometimes see your strengths/weakness’ better than you, 6. I started this blog as a hobby and at night since I had a day job. It now provides a nice, albiet not life changing, income on the side. And I just… Read more »

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