Pushing myself towards greatness is one of my strongest qualities, but after countless backroom breakdowns and unresolved issues, something had to go, I needed a fresh start in my career.
Each day I would wake up, exhale deeply and prepare myself for an excruciating 8-12 hours of putting out “work fires” that needed immediate attention before getting out of bed. Granted, some days were better than others, but from the two and a half years that I put in with my previous employer sadly I was left feeling unsupported, undervalued, and extremely overwhelmed in my promotional position of management.
During this moment of self-realization, I couldn’t help but feed the desire to pack up shop and take my talents to other sources of advancement. I could no longer take the titillation of defeat when I tried my very best to stay with a company that did not value me.
The average person spends about 13 years of their entire lifetime at work. That’s a long time, so it makes sense that people expect to work at a company with a good work-life environment and fair compensation. However, many employers are out-of- touch with employee satisfaction rates which results in the lost of top talent across all fields.
“Each day I would wake up, exhale deeply and prepare myself for an excruciating 8-12 hours of putting out “work fires” that needed immediate attention “
In February 2019 alone, 2.86 million Americans quit their jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) due to not being equitably reimbursed for their drudgery efforts.
Why do they leave?
Aside from pay, many employees decide to leave their current company because of their boss. In this case, my supervisor was nice, approachable and willing to help, but the execution of their words fell short when meeting deadlines were cancelled, effective game plans weren’t in tact, and an overall sense of support was not met.
Leaving a staff to fin for themselves during peak business is not an effective way to boost company moral or incentives. It just leaves employees over-worked and drained from not getting enough done.
It’s not sufficient to hand someone a job description or give a quick overview of responsibilities. Instead, managers should help employees set goals then talk about expectations and progress regularly.
When the person in charge doesn’t set clear expectations, he or she sets employees up to fail. And that failure leads to employee unhappiness and a high turnover rate.
Do not QUIT, without a PLAN
If your work environment is so toxic that you aren’t able to see your own strengths and values clearly, getting some distance may be the only way to regain faith in yourself.
Using paid time off (PTO) is a valuable resource when needing time away from the work place to think things over. Many people overlook using PTO because they believe that they will appear to be less productive if taking too many days off in a calendar year.
Deciding to depart from a company can cause anxiety if done prematurely. Here are a few tips to help during the decision making process;
TIP #1: If you’re thinking about leaving your job, start to set aside enough money to tide you over until you find your next opportunity. Work out how long you think it will take you to find your next gig, then calculate how much you’ll need in the bank to stay out of poverty. Leaving your job without any savings in the bank is likely to lead to you feeling forced to take any job out of financial necessity.
TIP #2: Search for new positions while on the clock. Looking for a new job while employed means you can never truly give your all to your search, and you may not have the time to explore all of the opportunities available, never mind booking time off to go to interviews.
TIP #3: When the cons start out-weighing the pros, then you know its time for you to go. I knew it was time for me to move on from my job once my family started voicing my grievances, After hearing countless stories of work dilemmas, I knew that I was the only one who could change the predicament that I was in.
“My supervisor was nice, approachable and willing to help, but the execution of their words fell short “
When you’re unhappy in your job, that stress can lead to many worse things than anxiety . Luckily for me, I was fortunate to find a company that values its employees both ethically and financially.
Once you know better, you do better.