It’s happened to all of us. We come back from holiday with that warm glow and the suntan that hasn’t yet faded and reality hits on that first morning back. I used to spend the first few days back from holiday planning the next one, before I got re-engaged with my work. But perhaps something has been niggling you for a while. There’s a gut feeling that something isn’t right. Here are 5 reasons why it might be worth paying attention to the niggle.

  1. You don’t feel you fit in the company anymore. You’ve been there a while, there’s been a change of leadership and the culture has changed. New people have come in and you don’t recognise it as the place you used to love. You don’t feel able to give of your best anymore.
  2. You’re bored and you’d have to confess you’ve been bored for a while. It’s an effort to drag yourself out of bed every morning.
  3. You’ve outgrown the job. You’ve learned a huge amount since you’ve been in this role and now you need a new challenge.
  4. You look at other senior positions in the company and they don’t excite you.
  5. You’ve lost a sense of purpose and can’t connect with the business purpose. It doesn’t seem to be going anywhere that you think matters. You can’t get excited about the new plans and direction and find yourself fantasising about how you would do it differently or even the kind of business you’d be excited to start yourself.

This is not a sign that you should immediately up sticks and throw it all in. But have you talked to anyone about how you’re feeling? Have you considered what the options might be? What if you opened Pandora’s box with someone who could support and challenge you and support you in exploring some new directions?

Hilary Rowland, business adviser, coach, TheNextChapter. We offer retreats for people at critical turning points in their lives who need space and time out to imagine and design the next chapter of their lives. These life transitions might be a career change, selling a business, mid-life crisis, a medical diagnosis, burnout, divorce, bereavement, wanting to leave a legacy or give something back.

Twitter @hilarytnc



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