I am not satisfied with my job. Wait, let me say that better - I am satisfied with the actual position, it is perfect for me. I never thought that the title of researcher would fit me so well but it does encompass almost all of my favorite hobbies. My dissatisfaction stems from a vague feeling or the effects of a bad environment. However, I have two concrete reasons to fear for my safety.
First, my company has a contract on which my employment resides. I service this contract specifically. It takes up 85% of my work day. The other twenty percent is doing the company newsletter and other random projects. The contract is due to expire soon. It is time to rebid the contract and we may not win. I walked in on my boss applying for other positions. Should I be doing the same? I can't imagine how the company would be able to fold me into their other operations.
Second is the fact that like in every work environment I am uncomfortable with some of my co-workers. No one wants to work with people who exhibit a negative attitude all the time. Or walk into a small business and there are already cliques formed; it is too reminiscent of elementary school. Of course, these cliques aren't friendly or welcoming. I don't want to be subjected to having to work directly with these women if the contract is not renewed.
I know realistically I should be searching and searching hard for a new position. I made a commitment to myself to try and stay with this company for at least 18 months to two years. This is for a couple of reasons - I want to show that I can stick with a company. Right now my resume looks like I am a perennial job hopper. Second I wanted to use this two year time as a growth period focusing on learning as much as I can, working on my education and polishing my professional development plans. I hate to resume a long term job search again. I know that it will be even harder now to find a position than it was five months ago.
Are you concerned about your job situation and environment? Are you job searching now?