7 Signs You are too Smart for Your Job

If you’re bored at work, it can really be getting in your way and making it more difficult to be productive. When you have a lot to bring to a job, you want your muscles exercised. You want your brain to be busy. You want to solve hard problems yourself and with other smart people. Human Workplace, a coaching and consulting firm, has created this list of seven signs you might be too smart for your job. This presentation originated at Employee Benefit News, a SourceMedia publication. (Image credit: Fotolia)

Your projects bore you. Your projects bore you.

The most obvious sign you’re too smart for your job is boredom. You lose your concentration when your work is more suited to polite robots than thinking human beings. While every job has its boring moments, if caffeine and sugar are required to get through the day, you’re in the wrong spot. (Image credit: Fotolia)

You don't see a forward path. You don't see a forward path.

You should always have your eyes set on what is down the road. It’s good to be hungry and want to learn more. If there is zero chance to make something happen, you should look elsewhere. (Image credit: Fotolia)

People around you don't see a problem. People around you don't see a problem.

Your coworkers may be the nicest people on earth, but if they don't understand what you're talking about when you lay out frame-shifting ideas or if they can't hold a conversation about anything except the way they've always done things, you're in the wrong place. You don't improve your game by playing with people a level — or two or three — below you. (Image credit: Fotolia)

Your supervisor has no vision for him- or herself, the department, or you. Your supervisor has no vision for him- or herself, the department, or you.

You can't grow your flame working for someone who has no idea what a vision is or where to get one. You have to learn from your boss, so if that isn't happening, consider this column a tap on the shoulder. (Image credit: Fotolia)

Your employer has not seen the best of you Your employer has not seen the best of you

You have good ideas. It should be easy to share ideas at work, and for the best ones to find an audience and to be implemented. If that isn't happening because you're not in a job that's viewed as an “idea” job, why are you leaving your blameless brain cells to die unused? (Image credit: Fotolia)

The choir sings from the “Tried It - Didn't Work!” Hymnal. The choir sings from the “Tried It - Didn't Work!” Hymnal.

People fall into ruts. Sometimes they stop experimenting and wondering altogether. If you work in a place where the standard response to innovation is “Tried that! Didn’t work” you must ask yourself whether your talents are being invested wisely. (Image credit: Fotolia)

No one around you looks like a mentor, a role model or a guide No one around you looks like a mentor, a role model or a guide

Who do you spar with? Who stimulates you mentally at work? Who do you look up to, and learn from? If your boss is a plodder or the CEO inherited the company and is dialing it in, start thinking about what you'd do if you weren't doing the job you have now. Get a journal and write in it. Design your dream job on paper first to get clear about your direction. Then, begin branding yourself for the job you want. (Image credit: Fotolia)

If you are bored at work, it can really be getting in your way and making it more difficult to be productive. When you have a lot to bring to a job, you want your muscles exercised. You want your brain to be busy. You want to solve hard problems yourself and with other smart people. Human Workplace, a coaching and consulting firm, has created this list of seven signs you might be too smart for your job. This presentation originated at Employee Benefit News, a SourceMedia publication. (Image credit: Fotolia)

 

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