6 Warning Signs You’ve Become Too Comfortable In Your Job

by Marianne Stenger
Posted: April 21, 2016

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Feeling comfortable in your job isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s great when you feel at ease around your colleagues and have certain tasks you’re good at and enjoy carrying out. 

Becoming complacent, however, can prevent you from growing and moving forward, which is why professional development is so important at every stage of your career. 

If you recognise one or more of the following signs, it might be time to consider making a few changes to rediscover your drive and passion. 


1. You take shortcuts whenever possible

Too comfortable - time to change jobs

You no longer put in as much effort at work as you used to and you often take the easiest route.

Why set up a face-to-face meeting with the client when you can just send an email? And does it really matter if you skip a few steps when making that sales call? 

2. You avoid new or challenging work

You avoid taking on new assignments and are quick to pass responsibility on to your colleagues if it means you can stay inside your comfort zone.

You’re more comfortable being told what to do and the thought of being promoted makes you feel anxious. 

3. You don’t find completed work fulfilling

Stagnant jiob - time to change jobs

You no longer get that sense of satisfaction when you complete a big project or finish up at the end of a particularly busy day.

You’ve forgotten what it feels like to be excited about work and you find often yourself watching the clock or daydreaming about the weekend. 

4. You haven’t updated your skills to industry standards

You haven’t updated your resume in years because there’s nothing new to add to it.

You’ve worked in the same role since you started with the company and haven’t taken a refresher course or earned a new qualification since you left university. Joining trade associations to expand your professional network hasn’t crossed your mind. 

5. Your days have become predictable

Predictable, watching the clock office, work

You’re often the last one to show up for work and the first one to leave.

You enjoy the feeling of knowing exactly what your day will be like before you arrive for work in the morning and you have a hard time dealing with anything unexpected that upsets your plans.  

6. You no longer voice your opinions

You used to be actively involved in decision-making and speak up or ask questions when new ideas were being discussed, but these days you’d rather go with the flow than rock the boat.

In meetings, you often sit back quietly and hope no one will ask for your opinion.  

Do you recognise any of these signs? Being too comfortable at work doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to change jobs or careers.

Sometimes simply updating your skills or learning something new can help you find new meaning in your work. 

Want to break out of your rut? Our Professional Development Guide offers plenty of tips and expert advice on planning, goal setting and moving forward in your career. 


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Marianne Stenger

Marianne Stenger

Marianne Stenger is a London-based freelance writer and journalist with extensive experience covering all things learning and development. She’s particularly interested in the psychology of learning and how technology is changing the way we learn. Her articles have been featured by the likes of ABC Education, The Huffington Post, Lifehacker, and Psych Central. Follow her on Twitter @MarianneStenger.

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