When to Say “When”
Posted on December 2, 2013 by TNS Consulting Team (via Scott Spayd)
If you hold a job that you dislike, how do you know when it’s time to call it quits? Do you find yourself dreading the act of dragging yourself out of bed to go to work in the morning? Many people feel like this at some time or another during the course of their careers, but if such feelings are consistent and burdensome, it may be time to leave. However, making the decision to leave an organizations is very difficult and should never be taken lightly. While a change of pace in your career could very well help you to feel more engaged and excited about work, will this be a long-term solution?
If you are feely highly disengaged at work, stop to think why this may be. If it’s because you dislike a fixed schedule, it is highly unlikely that you will magically feel happier at a different job. The novelty of the switch may be exciting for a short time, but ultimately you could end up signing up for the same thing you hated at the old organization. The grass is always greener, and if you don’t really stop to reflect on what you feel you’re missing in your current position, you may never find satisfaction or engagement, no matter how many jobs you try.
On the other hand, if you feel disengaged from work for a very findamental reason, such as feeling wholly uninspired by the culture or detached from any real meaning with your work, you may need to cut ties and move on. Not only are you not getting what you want or need out of your work, but it’s likely that your organization is not thrilled with you sticking around either. Often times those who feel very disconnected with the overall goals of the organization will bring others down with them. An employee who is notably dissatisfied is toxic to the well-being of those who work with them. Life is short, and those who stick around in jobs they loathe (and always will) should realize that there may be a better fit for them elsewhere for the sake of their own and others’ well-being.
Finally, if you feel disengaged with your job, it might be worth your time to have an honest discussion with your supervisor about it. This is not to say that you should go into great detail about how much you hate it and how much time you waste each day (Office Space style), but to be perfectly open that you are looking for something more out of work. If, through your discussion, you find that there is no way to achieve what you hope for, then you will only have more information for what to ask potential new employers. Communication is rarely a bad thing in organizations and there is always something to be gained from gathering more information before making any decision.