We live in a world where change is a pagan god. We are told that change is to be praised, embraced, and sought out. Most of us probably don’t really know why “Who moved the cheese?” Is a corporate manual, but we are nodding when we are asked if change is good. Well I don’t believe change for change’s sake alone is good, rather, I believe that change can be bad when it’s being forced and unnecessary.
I struggle with candidates who answer that they are looking for a new job because they need a change. It’s a polite answer but it’s an insincere one at best – why we seek new employment and why we sometimes should not?
In my experience there are 3 reasons to change your job without a second thought:
- Money – you’re being paid less than other people with the similar skill set and education who are working similar jobs (you can check that on numerous sites). The line of work you’re in doesn’t allow you to support yourself or your family. There’s no way to increase your earnings with your current employer.
- Bad leadership – you have boss who is aggressive, unpleasant, who makes people nervous and unease, who doesn’t communicate clearly, who discriminates, who is moody, who doesn’t support the team.
- Not liking your job – you don’t like your everyday duties, you’re constantly bored or overstimulated or tired and it’s not due to personal issues identified.
If you’re happy with your responsibilities, management and compensation you should try to stick with your employer. As for the other reasons you should think twice before giving your notice:
- Bad blood between coworkers – it’s definitely not a good reason to change your job. Talk to the team. Express your dissatisfaction to the manager, make an effort, give and accept feedback. Explore the possibility that you might have behaved (even if not intentionally) in a way that irritates other people. Talk about it, build on your common experience.
- Feeling undervalued – every employee has experience receiving feedback that was harsh at some point in their career. You can feel offended and use your pride as a shield, quit your job and seek greener pastures, or you can think about what you’ve heard: analyze, ask for examples of the behavior you’re being criticized for. Ask your coworkers, friends and family if they agree with this criticism. Observe yourself and try to improve; it will help you be better employee and also a better person.
- Personal reasons – sickness, travelling, and education – this is the tough one. Before you quit your job, go to your manager and discuss what you need. Ask if you can work part-time, or from home or with more flexible schedule or if you could take few months/weeks off. If you are satisfied with your job, your manager and your role you should try to make it work, sometimes there’s nothing your employer can do to help you stay, but very often there is some common ground that would satisfy you both – try to find it.
- No advancement opportunities – Nowadays we tend to be impatient. In many cases, it’s a better investment to stay with your current employer and look to grow with the company, and in some cases it’s not. Please have a look at the image above to help determine if it’s a good idea to make a change. There are a lot of things to take into consideration before you decide to