Your work relationship can be just like your love relationship. There’s the initial honeymoon stage, the comfortable stage (doing your laundry together) and what many refer to as the seven year itch. That’s the point where you start to wonder hmm…is it time to stay or go?
Many of us can experience this same relationship cycle with our employer. A new hire will be thrilled with their new job, boss, benefits and pay – but as they get comfortable, things may become mundane and some may need a challenge beyond their day-to-day tasks. Later down the road, the employee may even wonder if it is time to move on to a new job.
CareerBliss polled employees to find out why they broke up with their last employer. 43% of those polled stated that they broke it off with their last company because they had a bad boss. Following behind this were 25% of the people who decided to leave their employer for a bigger paycheck.*
So how do you know when it’s time to say “It’s Over!”
1. Evaluate your circumstances: What is the driving factor behind your break-up? Is it over pay, title or the work that you do? Some of these things can often be resolved by speaking with your supervisor to see if there is a way to mend a broken heart and move forward in the relationship. It may mean a bonus, or a raise.
2. Are you committed to making it work? Commitment is the key factor in any relationship. Ask yourself if you are committed to making your work relationship work. If so, a simple conversation with your manager could help repair any problems at work.
3. It’s over: If you answered no to the above question, most likely it’s time to say goodbye to your employer. The phrase – there are plenty fish in the sea – also applies to jobs. Know what you want and what you don’t want so you don’t end up in a similar relationship. A good way to start is to take the BlissFinder assessment on Careerbliss.com to evaluate what drives your happiness.
In the end, finding your match in love, life and work will take time, patience, communication and understanding. At CareerBliss we believe there is a job for everyone! Have you found your labor of love?* Source: CareerBliss Poll – February 4th, 2011