You’ve had it. You’re tired, burnt out, ready to quit.
But is that the right step?
You’re burnt out.
What if you’re just burnt out? If so, you’ll take your burn out with you to your next job, where your next employer will expect you to come aboard with full enthusiasm. Then, once new-job- excitement fades, you’ll be worse off than before.
If this fits you, take time away from your job. Give your head a chance to get back int the right space. You may even realize you like your current job—or you’ll given yourself the time you needed to be ready for a new challenge.
You’re not challenged.
Or is the problem you’re no longer challenged—and you can handle your job duties with one hand tied behind your back. You think ahead to five more years of handling the same duties and fear your mind turning to sludge.
If so, let your manager and the managers above know you’re ready for new responsibilities or
move to a new job—but take the time you need to find new challenges and an exciting career trajectory.
Ready for a mission?
Perhaps what’s happened with the pandemic and what’s happening in your country have shaken and stirred you—and you’re ready for a mission. Possibly you fell into a job after high school or college and while you’ve gotten to a good level of success, you no longer feel a job, any job, is enough. Now, you want to work in a job that offers purpose and in an organization that makes a difference in the world.
If so, look around. The nonprofits in your community need you.
What if it’s your leadership and the people around you?
Workplace culture, that intangible vibe that we often ignore, may be what makes you ready to leave. Every organization of three or more individuals has a culture, a prevalent type of behavior. In some it’s cooperative and collaborative. In others it’s competitive and guarded.
We pretend workplace culture doesn’t matter, but it does, especially when we work forty plus hours a week in an organization with the wrong culture. Think about what it means in real terms. An employee in one organization says, “I love working here. Everyone helps each other out.” At another organization you hear, “You’ve got to watch your back; it’s cutthroat here. And you can’t trust the managers.”
In Managing for Accountability, I wrote about what it’s like to work in an organization with an accountability culture, in which employees demonstrate they’re “all in.” Employees at all levels hold themselves responsible for their actions, behavior, performance, and the results they achieve. Coworkers can trust each other and their managers because when because when managers or employees say they’ll do something, they get it done. An accountability culture glues employees together and to their organization.
If that’s what you’re missing where you are, you have two choices—create it or find it elsewhere.
Something basic is missing
Recently, my inbox has filled up with blog readers commenting about employers or coworkers who don’t take safety or employee personal lives seriously. If your work environment is missing what you need—whether that’s safety protocols, the opportunity to work flexibly or remotely, or the chance to make enough money to secure your future, perhaps it is time to look elsewhere.
If so, start now, before your dissatisfaction leads your work performance to spiral downward.
Have you “had it”? Are you ready to quit? If so, what do you plan to do about it?
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