Just the other day, my friend (and a very good friend for sure) told me about his woes at work. You know the story: “…supervisor has undisclosed issues with everything I do…doesn’t even reciprocate daily/usual courtesies … Yeah, Sochi, it’s that bad!”. The story is familiar to many of us and to stretch the list of workplace woes, we have: changing corporate culture, threats or signs of bankruptcy, irreconcilable differences with co-workers and lack of substantial work benefits. I could go on and on but, by now, you should have caught my drift. These are signboards that point to the Exit, that it’s time to pull out that resignation letter template in your drawer (we all have one)
Here are a few good reasons to move to greener pasture or start looking for one, in any case:
In the words of Harvey MacKay, “Find something you love to do, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Besides the ambrosia of an early morning coffee (caffeinated for me), the only other thing we love to wake up to is a job that makes us feel alive. Whatever our religious affiliations, the core of our existence is the pursuit of Purpose and our careers are supposed to be a clue to it. This is why nothing kills our morale more than a job that “takes” and never “gives.” When you find yourself dragging your feet to the office, it’s time for a change.
If you feel that your job role is not commensurate to your skill, it is a sure to quit. You find yourself scratching the surface of your true potential and skills. Your job involves filing documents and filling memo templates when your core competence is designing models and managing projects – you should make this known to your employer or supervisor so that more responsibilities may be assigned to you. However, if this doesn’t change, you should look out for better opportunities out there.
A change in an organization’s corporate culture can be discomfiting if you are not used to it or find it incompatible to what you are used to. Such changes that make your work environment stiff to your creativity and work flow can be daunting. If you were used to talking freely as to be on a first-name basis, it could be a big deal to now switch to a “Sir” or “Ma” relationship as dictated by a culture change. Another change that you need to consider is that which goes against your ethics. If you don’t believe in the manner that business is run, if integrity is being compromised, don’t wait to think about it, put in your paper.
Study has shown that we spend an average of 15-20% of our life in the workplace and maybe even more if we do more than 60 hours per week. It only goes without saying that we spend a substantial part of our lives with our co-workers and supervisors. This makes it imminent that we have a cordial working relationship with them. If your work environment is icy and stiff, it tells on our ability to bring out our best, hence, our productive comes to a steady decline. Same applies to your relationship with your supervisor. If you are constantly being micro-managed, it shows a lack of trust and this, in turn, bears on your morale. You don’t have to wait till your self-esteem is rolled into a ball and tossed in the trash. Take the walk!
No matter where you work, or even hope to work, it is important to look out for career advancement possibilities. If your present workplace is giving you false hope for promotions or rewards, the smart thing to do is to look for somewhere else to employ your talent and skill. Redundancy is the thief of time, same as procrastination.
You can help add to this list.
Lafia! (Well Wishes!)
“Find something you love to do, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” – Harvey MacKay