Every job has its good days and bad, but what are the signs you need to be polishing up your CV? At ETS, we work with practices and candidates every day, and these are the things they tell us are the telltale signs that you need to be looking for.
There is a noticeable change in the cadence of your workday for a sustained period
While the industry readjusts and begins to bounce back from the COVID-19 crisis, patient flow will naturally take some time to ramp back up to normal. If your patient schedule is still looking empty after isolation restrictions have been lifted, however, it could be a reason for concern. How was patient flow at the practice prior to the COVID-19 outbreak? Is the number of active patients shrinking and has been for a while? Or is your patient volume in the process of cranking up to a fever pitch with no signs of slowing down? While there are multiple variables that can affect patient volume, the numbers can represent underlying fundamental problems in managing the business and should be monitored regularly.
You feel as if you are not valued
It is natural to feel underappreciated. Sometimes it can be a situation where you have proven to be so dependable and essential that you are taken for granted. While this doesn’t feel good, it is not necessarily true that you are not valued. If you are continually passed over for raises and increased responsibility, and if your ideas are not heard, it can be a sign that you aren’t in the practice’s long-term plans.
You or others on staff frequently do not have enough work to stay busy
If every day is an exercise in trying to fill the time with something productive, you should be considering a better fit for your abilities.
Checks, benefits, or other compensation is regularly late
While this seldom happens with payroll, if it takes an extended period to get reimbursements or if you notice vendors regularly inquiring about late payments, a significant problem could be brewing.
Your staff shrinks and your job responsibilities continually change
Cutting staff is a common way to cope with problems in cash flow. This can have the unwelcome effect of increasing your job responsibilities while giving you fewer resources to support your efforts.
You no longer feel challenged
You’re bored and going through the motions. The practice is satisfied with your work and its position in the market. It’s a classic case of mismatched professional libidos.
You have irreconcilable differences with management
It could be business practices, it could be differences in standards of patient care, it could be a personality clash that makes it impossible for you to enjoy your work. If you are having regular issues at your job that bleed over into your peace of mind outside the office, it’s time to look for a better option.
Remember, the decision to move to another position often has little to do with whether you like the practice or community. It is a simple matter of if a practice is a place you can continue to grow professionally. If it’s time to go, it’s time to call ETS. We may have a great opportunity for you!