My client this morning was feeling some doubt and uncertainty because other folks in his situation are bailing out of their jobs. It made him wonder whether he’s just the last person to notice that there’s something bad going on.
Should he leave? It’s not at all clear.
I’ve been in this situation before, and it’s a tough call. But the place to start is by stepping back and having a bit of a deep think.
First, realize that others’ decisions may well have nothing to do with your own situation. Perhaps it was even quite random – three people made their independent decisions, and it just happened that they occurred in a short time span.
Or it could be more serious, yes. So it’s time to gather a bit of data. Find out what’s going on, what events happened, what might have changed, what the trend is.
Then come to you own conclusion, based on YOUR priorities and needs. Perhaps this will even provide an opportunity for advancement and growth, moving into those others’ roles.
Look for the best-case scenario. Three others have left. This will give an opportunity to hire some fresh people, maybe shake up some of the bad patterns that you’ve fallen into. You could make some new friends, and be seen as knowledgeable mentor relative to the new folks.
Then look at the worst-case scenario. Yes, those people left, and it may well put more pressure on you. Maybe there’s something going on behind the scenes that you’ll find worrisome. But life will continue on. Even if you happen to lose your job, that’s not the end of the world.
The purpose of exploring these two scenarios is to help you think through the range of possibilities, how you might react, and to realize that you have knowledge and resources which can help. Don’t get too emotionally attached to either, as most likely the outcome will be somewhere in between.
What action you choose to take will make a great difference toward either the best case or worst case. So think through it and take some action – even if the action is to wait things out and gather more information.
|Carl Dierschow is a Certified Small Fish Business Coach and author of the career management guide, Mondays Stink! 23 Secrets to Rediscover Delight and Fulfillment in Your Work. He is a career coach for those going through interesting transitions, and works with small business owners who need to create breakthroughs in achieving their business goals. Find out more at www.Dierschow.com and www.SmallFish.us.
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