Now that we’re slowly recovering from our Halloween candy coma, I figured it’s time to get real about the workforce for a second.
A lot of you reading this know that I just resigned from my position as an on-air talent with Townsquare Media. This was my choice. I made that choice because I knew that I wasn’t taking care of myself the way that I wanted to. I’ve known others to leave their job simply because they weren’t “happy” – but what does that mean?
Forbes explains, “In his book, The Truth About Employee Engagement, Patrick Lencioni boils it down to wanting to feel like who you are matters (you want people to know your name), that what you do has an impact (that you’re engaged in relevant work) and you’re making progress (that your work is having an impact and leading you and your organization forward).”
If you’re at a crossroads and considering making one yourself, here are a few things to consider before you leave your job.
- Am I getting credit for my work? Sure, we work for pay. However, we’re still human. It’s nice to know that the work we’re doing is appreciated. Consider whether or not it actually is.
- Is this a mutually beneficial relationship? No one should feel like a slave. Often times, the business world can be cutthroat and cruel, but is that the case where you work? Is your employment a one-sided relationship?
- Can I meet the demands presented to me? Do I want to? Things around the office can change. Your life can change. If your personal life, office culture or policies are changing, it’s fair to decide whether or not you want to be part of it.
- Am I living paycheck to paycheck? Am I comfortable with that? You have every right to decide if your compensation (based on your work experience and skill level) is right for your lifestyle within reason. No one likes living paycheck to paycheck unless you’re comfortable with it. If you are, great! If you’re not, it’s fair to weigh your options.
- Is anything that’s upsetting me about my job going to change? Noticing some red flags? Will they be changing at all in the future? If not, you’re allowed to decide whether or not you want to be part of that. It’s kind of like #3.
I’d never tell someone to leave their job just to do it. However, what breaks my heart is seeing someone feel imprisoned in a position that they no longer wish they had just because they need the money.
It’s just not worth sacrificing your health for.