Over the last three years, the United States’ workplaces have seen a dramatic change in dynamics. A hiring culture that was once equal parts aggression and ambition has changed into something almost nothing like its former self, with recruiters working to strict and frugal guidelines and applicants all but completely dedicating themselves to the demands of potential employers.
It’s the mirror image of last decade’s recruiting boom, and it’s having a distinctly negative effect on the country’s work environments. Despite having relative job security, many employees are feeling unsatisfied and unhappy in their jobs. Morale levels remain low across the nation, with change at the forefront of many employees’ minds and job security seemingly losing importance quickly.
But before you step out of your job, it’s important to consider the consequences. While employers are hiring at greater levels than they have over the past two years, there are still some major pitfalls that are likely to affect jobseekers today. Consider these four realities of on-the-job dissatisfaction before you make any drastic changes, and weigh up your situation in terms of long-term value.