We’ve all been there. Working at a great (maybe even your dream) job, and yet something is deeply wrong. You feel like a stranger on your own team. You think your manager is missing the big picture, or misreading the details (or misunderstanding you). You are concerned about the values your organization says it upholds, and how people are actually acting (towards each other, the clients, or both).
Yet, you really love the work (or another aspect of what is there for you). With “The Great Resignation” many professionals are wondering what their options are and start nervously thinking about freshening up their resume, but what if there was another way to look at this circumstance?
If you experience disrespect, bullying, or other behaviour that is profoundly unwelcome or unethical I am not suggesting that you should stay. However, for many people thinking about leaving their current employer there are feelings of disappointment that “come and go”; one day is positive and shows promise and the next may be a disheartening example of worst fears – there is no consistency.
Often this is experienced after the “honeymoon” period in a new role, or a re-organization, merger or other major shake-up at your place of work. Perhaps the “disruption” was an assessment or a performance review that was honest enough to make you feel vulnerable, even a bit “naked” at work, or you are just not being seen/heard by your manager and others. Things are just not what you had hoped they would be (or what they have been in the past). Now what?
It’s a perfectly human response to want to move yourself out of discomfort (and out of your job/organization), and perhaps in the end that is really what is being called for, but before making any lasting decisions about your current role, take a look at 3 key factors that contribute most to dissatisfaction at work, and what you can do about them.
All three of these areas, industry health, workplace culture and leadership style act as “tectonic plates” in any working environment. How well they “fit” with your needs, gifts and aspirations is something only you can determine. You know the feeling you get when these things are working really well for you and when they are rubbing in the wrong ways; when that happens, you may feel powerless to do anything about it. Except this is your life and your career, so before deciding to leave, see what can be done.
Should you join “The Great Resignation” or tough it out? That is something only you can determine. However, if you have one foot “out the door” anyway, what harm is there in first figuring out what is possible?
In other words, what have you got to lose?
Carleen helped me to see that some of the things I hated about my current job could "follow" me to the next one. She worked with me to make sure they didn't."
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