It happens to all of us at one time or another: You find that you dread Monday mornings, you can’t stand the thought of being behind your desk for another five days and are living for long holidays and weekends.

These can be natural reactions to the workplace (wouldn’t we all like to be wilderness bloggers or Instagram famous?) but other times, these feelings can belie a more existential problem with your work life.

In this article, I identify seven of the more common problems employees face that perhaps should spur the consideration of a change of workplace. I’m not advocating that you tender your resignation if these all apply to you, but they should certainly begin a conversation!

1. Your employer doesn’t take pride in your accomplishments

When you finally crack that code or reel in a big fish, do you find that you’re not getting much fanfare for your achievements?

This isn’t an uncommon experience. In fact, one of the top reasons Americans leave their jobs is lack of recognition and 65 percent of people surveyed responded that they got no recognition at all from their job.

This isn’t always a personal problem. You might not be the only one going underappreciated. It could be an “environmental” problem, in which case, it’s probably a good idea to leave anyhow.

2. The work no longer challenges you

Are you bored throughout the day? Do you feel like you’re just going through the motions until the clock strikes five?

If you feel like your job isn’t challenging anymore, and you’re not seeing any possibility for change or advancement, then hit the road. There’s an old saying: “If you’re the smartest guy in the room, find another room.” The same can be said about your job. If the job isn’t challenging, find one that is.

3. No room to grow

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