Unhappy at Work? Know When to Go.
There’s when things end and then there’s when we physically leave, and the two rarely coincide. Sometimes it takes six months, a year, or even longer for our body to catch up with our brain.
Knowing when to leave a job, a relationship, and even a party is a skill. If you’re unhappy at work, have asked for what you want, and know you can’t it where you are, develop an exit strategy and act on it quickly.
When you’re checked out, people know. Unhappiness shows up in our performance, attitude, and body language. And quitting and staying is bad for your career, reputation, and business relationships.
If you’re unhappy at work and are ready to make a change, there are a few actions you should take to keep your reputation intact while you make a transition:
- Make sure you’ve fully investigated your options at your current place of work before deciding to move on. Share your desires in a positive way, with people who can help you get what you want. Saying, “I’d really like to do _________, or I’d really like to work in the ______ department” will get you much further than saying, “I’m underutilized, undercompensated, and unappreciated.”
- Do your job and do it well. Don’t go missing in action.
- Only commit to things you know you can and will do, and keep your commitments.
- Confide in people about your unhappiness and future plans who are outside your current place of work. People talk. Assume anything you tell someone at work will be told to someone else.
- Take at least one action every day towards getting what you want. It can be easy to get into a rut when job hunting. Stay in action.
If you’re unhappy at work, it’s probably time for a change – either within or outside your company. Ask for what you want in a positive way. Do a great job on a daily basis, regardless of how you feel. Confide in people outside of your workplace. And take one action every day towards getting what you want.
Know when to go.
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You left out a major point. One that many people forget and which then comes around to bite them in the tuchus almost every time.
Never, never, never job-hunt from work. Ever. Do not use company email. Do not use company phone (most folks now carry mobiles). And do not use company stationery. Even if you’re on good terms with your current employer, this will ruin whatever good will you have. It doesn’t just burn bridges, it dynamites the foundations and salts the earth beneath.
In my humble opinion and I could be wrong.
Good point, Steve. I agree!
Wow! This couldn’t have come at a better time – my last day is tomorrow and I really needed to read this to know I am making the right decision for my career. My move allows me to move forward, grow, and be more financially stable, but making a change is always hard.