We are in the midst of the economy downturn and theoretically speaking, common sense tells us not to rock the boat and ride out the storm. That means to say ‘be glad that you still have a job and this is not the time to search for a new job.’ Both true and not true.
True that most people will not leave their job, not during these unstable times. There are way too many variables going against you and with the added poor economy, you are unlikely to get a good compensation anyway.
Untrue when things in the workplace gets too much and you hate your job so much that you rather be happy eating bread for all your meals than to see your boss’s face once more (that bad, huh?) If that is the case, there will never be a suitable time for you to leave the workplace.
But first, ask yourself these questions before you make the leap:
Is It Necessary?
As mentioned above, common sense tells us to remain as status quo when the times are tough. So balance your reasoning and keep emotions aside, ask yourself if you have reached the ending point of your patience in your job.
Is There Something Else You Could Have Done?
Maybe seek a transfer to another department, branch even location. Could you have talked to someone else senior in your company about your work problems? Perhaps you needed a boost or a challenge to motivate yourself, if that is so, further education or taking on a new project might be the answer.
Could You Command A Higher Pay?
The new position – could you be paid much better than you are now despite the economy loom? Especially if you suspect that your company have been shortchanging you all these years. Or perhaps you are moving to a lucrative industry that is untouched by the poor economy? Maybe you are moving to a higher role with more responsibilities? Whatever the case, this could be a swinging vote whether you should bear and stay or scoot off to unchartered waters.
Besides Pay, What Else is There?
What about the benefits? Additional three days annual leave will make a lot of difference to a new parent. Some companies offer comprehensive medical packages to yourself and your partner too, while others may have flexible working hours or allow you to work from home a day of a week. There are even attractive benefits like profit sharing and company stocks. It is not impossible, I’ve been offered in my pay package before.
Even at a new job, there are several factors that are enough to daunt a newbie. Whether it is passing the probation period, merging with the new culture or even a simple making new friends, can deter the most passionate hearts. However, the flip side of the coin is that it might just be the perfect work environment you have been searching for.
Ultimately, the decision is yours to make. Measure against your own financial situation and ask yourself if you can take the risk of leaping into something interesting, something you like during these downtimes. Or should you wait for an economic recovery before looking anywhere else? There is no right answer. Your choice to make.
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