Article written by Angela Hydes, Marketing and Content Contributor. Follow us at @TALGroup.
In today’s competitive economy, it is very normal to feel pressure to work long hours and deliver. In fact, our culture celebrates business executives that thrust themselves into their work, devoting full days and evenings to their professional success. But it’s important to know when to stop and where the line needs to be drawn.
Read through the five signs below. If you exhibit more than three, you should consider slowing down or at least evaluating your options. Your career may slowly be overshadowing your personal life and at the expense of personal relationships, development and long-term health.
1. You Only Talk About Work
If your colleagues, friends and/or family have gently hinted that your conversation has been limited to work, stop and consider why. Are you so wrapped up in your career that you’ve forgotten to invest time in your own personal life?
2. You Internalize Criticism
Are you finding that you feel crushed when you receive feedback from your manager? If you are increasingly acting defensive to hearing feedback (ie. you are hearing it as criticism instead), it could be because you are becoming too emotionally tied to your work.
Remember, business is never personal and receiving feedback isn’t indicative of failure. In fact, it’s a sign you are pushing yourself which is great!
3. You Take Work Home
We are not referring to working after hours, although that is a negative sign as well. We are referencing whether you carry emotional baggage home with you at the end of your work day.
Do you often feel sad, depressed, lethargic and agitated when you get home? Are you replaying the day’s events in your head, trying to work your way through them? If so, this is a sign of a mind that’s unhappy, fatigued and overworked.
4. You Crack a Lot
Whether at home or at work, are you finding that you crack when faced with high pressure situations? For example, let’s say a key vendor doesn’t follow through for you. Do you panic, freeze and feel like the floor is falling below you? If so, you are likely pushing yourself to an uncomfortable boiling point and it’s time to take a step back. There are things you can’t always control, and that’s OK.
5. Your Identity Is Your Job Title
This is a very dangerous trap many professionals fall into. If your self-worth is tied exclusively to your job, your future could be very problematic. Take a moment to consider what really matters to you and who you want to be, aside from your career. A healthy dose of perspective can help. You’re worth so much more than just your job title.
If you would like to discuss next steps in your career path, don’t hesitate to reach out. One of our recruitment experts would be happy to review your resume and discuss options, your expectations and professional goals. Call us at (416) 599 1825 or e-mail us here