To Leave or To Stay
A blog reader, K, asked when do one know if he/she needs to leave the company.
This is a very personal question and I’m sure everyone has his or her own opinion on this. So, do leave a comment if you have something to say.
In my job, I manage a team of 8 supervisors and 90 staffs and dealing with resignation and recruitment is almost a common affair.
Generally, people leave because of these reasons:-
- Poor relationship with reporting officer: If you have an unappreciative, mean, non-inspirational boss, it is likely that you won’t spend your waking hours striving for him/her.
- Job misfit in current job: You love your team but you hate what you are doing.
- Slow progression in current job: In your learning journey or in your career.
- Better opportunity: An opportunity you can’t resist comes knocking at your door either in terms of industry, position or compensation package.
For J, he claimed that the reason is because of a better opportunity. From my observation, I have a feeling that he hates his job or the people he has to deal with.
To me, instead of asking when will I know if I have to leave, I would rather ask myself, when do I know if I should stay. It is just another side of the same coin.
My parents often question about the career I picked. It is not glamorous, it doesn’t pays well, and it requires one to deal with a lot of annoying stakeholders. People may even call it a dirty job and most will shun away from it. I have to admit, it is a humbling job.
For some simple reasons, I enjoy what I do, I am happy where I am, I can proudly say, I love my job (how many can say that?). If I ever wake up feeling a need to leave my current job, it must be the day when I stop learning or when my career is on a standstill.
You will probably have to ask yourself what motivates you and what makes you happy in a job. This surely sounds familiar, but not many stop and give it a thought.