“That’s it! I’m leaving”
Whilst many of us at one time or another have wanted to say those words whilst at work, the reality is that we are more responsible than that! Bills need to be paid and money doesn’t grow on trees.
However, there are times when you feel it is time to move on. In certain cases, such as redundancy or relocation, the choice is made for you. But for many others, it is a decision that is made as there is the belief that the grass is greener elsewhere.
At these times, it is important to consider why you are deciding to make a change as a rash and impulsive decision may be a bad decision in the long run.
Have you had a bad day? Has somebody done something you didn’t like? Has your boss shouted at you? These can often trigger feelings of resentment. They can also make you think about where you are and where you want to go.
So, the best advice is to think long and hard about your decision before you commit to making a move. Do you feel that you have stagnated? Are you undervalued or underpaid? Do you want to move to a bigger/smaller company? Do you want to move into a different type of role?
Firstly, consider whether your issues can be addressed within your present firm. Rather than waiting until the point at which you hand in your notice to find out if your employer values and respects you, find out straight away.
If you have stagnated, be honest and discuss how you want a greater challenge. If you want to move into a different role, look at how you can take on those responsibilities.
The issue of value and salary can be a little harder to broach and you should approach these with discretion. Knowledge of remuneration in your sector and geographical area will certainly help.
Only when you know where you stand should you then make your decision. So, if you can’t achieve your aims where you currently work, what’s next?
We will cover the next stage shortly. Feel free to get in touch with any thoughts, comments or feedback.