I have two close friends who are unhappy in their jobs right now, and they’re both talking about leaving imminently in that ‘get out quick, just quit and run’ kinda way. Which I totally get as it can be tough dragging yourself into work every day to deal with a situation that seems untenable. But before you throw up the white flag there’s one thing you absolutely must do…
Having worked in HR and recruitment roles for most of my corporate career before setting up Outshine, I’ve met, interviewed and coached a lot of people who were unhappy in their jobs.
During that time I’ve seen a familiar pattern play out: employee becomes disengaged at work, they hope the situation will change but it doesn’t, so they start looking for a new job, and when they finally quit their resignation comes as a complete shock to their boss.
What’s wrong with that scenario? It’s the last bit. When you resign it shouldn’t be a shock to anyone. And that’s because, if you want to manage your career in the best way possible, it’s imperative that you open up the lines of communication with your manager when things aren’t going to plan so that BOTH parties have a chance to turn the situation around.
It’s horrible to feel trapped in a job, and even worse to feel that the only resolution is to quit, but if you haven’t talked to your boss about what’s wrong or haven’t tackled the issue head-on, then you really haven’t given it your best shot.
Sure, what I’m talking about here can be a tough conversation. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea and it’s a situation that can be nerve wracking and stressful. But a job search isn’t a walk in the park either. So before you quit and run, ask for a meeting and give your boss the opportunity to help resolve whatever it is that’s pushing you out the door.
And if you need help preparing for that conversation, get in touch – I can help you make it much less stressful.
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