We all have ups and downs in our workplaces and sometimes the downs are far more frequent than the ups. If you are thinking that it is time to take that leap of faith and start to look for a new role, (don’t worry, you’re not the only one, our annual workforce survey data shows that 42% of people are considering leaving their current workplace), there are some things that you will want to consider first.
We recommend starting the process by asking yourself three questions:
Do I enjoy what I do? – simple, if the answer is no, then it is probably time to move on.
Do I get along with my team? – the people you work with can make or break the time you spend at work. You’re never going to be best friends with everyone you work with but if you feel isolated or don’t get along with many of them, it can massively impact your mental health and your drive to get things done at work.
Have I tried to address my concerns with my manager? - This is a crucial step because it encourages you to consider whether you've taken proactive steps to improve your current work situation before making the decision to quit. Remember, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
Adrian Perini, Delivery Manager here at Kinexus, advises that if you're considering leaving your current job try to solve whatever the issue or problem is with your current employer before looking elsewhere. “Often the problems people have with their current job or employer are resolvable through open and honest communication” he says. Having these conversations can also open the opportunity for you to change your role within the organisation to be better aligned.
If you are unable to solve the problem through conversations with your manager and the management team, then it is probably time to start to look for a new role elsewhere. Finding a new job is not easy. Being selective about the type of organisation and role you want is critical to your enjoyment of the work in the long-term. Adrian suggests focusing on what motivated you to move from your last job and use that to search for the ideal workplace and role.
We recommend creating your ‘dream list’ of what you want from your next employer. Consider things like:
Culture – organisational culture is so important for employees. It keeps us motivated and brings us together. For example, if you’re a big socialiser you probably want to find a company that has a social club.
Location – are you prepared to commute far to work or even move cities/states?
Salary – there’s no denying that salary is important, especially with the current cost of living crisis that we are all facing. It is good to think about your salary expectations before you start to apply for roles.
Your career goals – where do you see yourself in five years? It is important to consider growth and development opportunities.
Work-life balance – the work hours, flexibility, and any potential overtime requirements. Is the work-life balance suitable for your needs?
That’s not to say your dream list can’t be flexible but it will help guide you in your job search.
The average person spends 90,000 hours at work in their lifetime, so finding a workplace and career that makes you feel fulfilled and aligns with your values is incredibly important. If you are beginning your job search journey, contact us today.
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