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Before you decide to leave your job, find out if there is a way to resolve the issue which is prompting you to do so. The following factors may help you decide your next step:
Manager’s style – If your manager’s style is not helping you become more productive and motivated, be open to discuss any concerns that are affecting your ability to do your job effectively to improve your satisfaction in the office. Enquire about the possibility of being moved to another department or team.
Health – If your job is affecting your health, bring this to the attention of your manager or HR Department and see if they can make workplace changes to help you cope or improve your health. Outside the office, try activities that can invigorate and soothe your mental and physical state.
Financial rewards – Before assuming that you deserve a higher salary, conduct research on roles with similar responsibilities as your current job. If you think you could be paid more elsewhere, before you bring up the subject with your manager, make sure you prepare solid examples of your achievements and contributions to the company and that you have met your KPI targets.
Lack of challenge – If your job no longer excites or challenges you, consider developing hobbies or interests which you are passionate about outside of the workplace.
Not fitting in – If after your probation period you still do not feel comfortable in the work environment and are not confident with your role, this may be a cue for you to start applying again.
It is human nature to look for something better but before quitting your job, it is best to discuss your concerns with your line manager first to explore alternatives. Only make a decision if no viable solution can be found internally, or if a genuinely better opportunity arises.
* Assess the downsides before making a shift in your career
* Talk to a trusted colleague whenever you feel disheartened
* Only make a decision if a genuinely better opportunity arises
Source: Florendo Padilla, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Shared Services Recruitment Consultant, Cobalt Recruitment