Should I Stay or Should I Go?

July 15, 2021
Conflict Management
Engagement & Retention
Read time: 3 mins

Quit? Yes or no

People thinking of getting a new job should ask themselves this question: Are you running away from your job or running towards one?

It has been reported that 41 percent of people are considering a job change. That is a beefy number. So, why all the job jumping? The reasons are many. Burnout, stress, disengagement, a crummy manager ... But will finding a new job fix the problem? Just because you can get new employment doesn’t always mean you should.

Some may feel their issues with their work or employer will only be fixed by leaving and starting fresh someplace else. Instead, maybe it’s a chance to redesign your current role while getting rid of the problem. Check out these job glitches that can sometimes be fixed without hitting the road. 

  • You are bored. Not that every day leads to a brilliant adventure at work. But being underwhelmed regularly will make most people long for change. Before talking with your manager about it, think of some duties you would be interested in adding to your job that would help the company and productively fill your time.
  • You are broke. Many people could use some more cash in their pockets but asking for more money can be a touchy subject. Now is the time to remember that employers are losing employees at record numbers. They most likely don’t want to lose you too. Find out what you could be making elsewhere and have the conversation about what you are worth. If you’re good at what you do, your employer may be interested in upping your pay versus having to fill your empty role.
  • You are unhappy. This one can go either way - it depends on the root of your unhappiness. If it stems from the incessant chit-chatter you sit by all day at work, or you aren’t an early morning person, but you need to be in the office at 7:30 am, you may be in luck. These situations can possibly be remedied with talks about a relocated office or a more flexible schedule. If you legit don’t like your job, the actual nuts and bolts of it, it’s probably time to find something else.
  • You are overwhelmed. Burnout is a top reason people jump ship. Everyone has their breaking point, and once you’re there, it can be almost impossible to keep it together. Before you snap, have a heart-to-heart with your manager. Be honest and say that you know where things are headed if your workload doesn’t change. A good manager will appreciate your honesty and will find ways to take some things off your plate. 

Leaving a job to fix a problem doesn’t always solve things. Take a step back and think about if you can make it better without packing it up.