It can be difficult to know when sticking it out at your current job or making the move into a new position is best for you. There are different factors to consider when trying to make that determination.
Asking yourself these three questions can help you organize your thoughts and make that tough decision a little easier:
1. Do I Have the Tools I Need to Be Successful?
Training and support are essential when starting a new position. Regardless, if the job you are considering is with a new company, or is a promotion at your current company, it's important to feel like you are set up for success, feel comfortable in your duties, and have continuous support to ensure you are carrying out the role correctly.
When there is a lack of training and you feel forced to fend for yourself, it can be very discouraging and make you doubt your capabilities. If, after attempting to gain additional training, you still feel unsuccessful, it may be time to search for a company with a stronger training program.
Instead of needing to feel confident, look to feel positive about your decision.
2. How Do I Feel When I Think About My Job?
Everyone has days where work leaves us feeling run down. After all, it’s called “work” for a reason. But there is a distinction between having a day that drains you and working in an environment that is draining.
If you are sweating bullets before even setting foot in the office, that is usually a sign of a negative or uncomfortable environment, and it’s probably time to explore other options.
Working in a positive work culture adds to your productivity and creates a better work-life balance for your mental health. Companies that value their employees’ feedback and respect their ' personal lives are companies that truly care about their employees’ well-being.
3. Am I Supported by Leadership?
Consistently, poor leadership ranks as a top reason people leave their jobs. However, being in a position of management comes with added accountability. As such, it is sometimes easier to assign blame to an authority figure than take accountability for our role in any conflict.
When assessing the quality of your leadership, it’s important to place personal feelings aside and evaluate if it is a case of poor leadership or just a conflict in personalities.
Strong leaders are always looking to grow and improve their team, supporting them along the way. They provide constructive criticism, but also build their employees up by motivating and highlighting their strengths.
If you’re feeling a complete lack of respect as an employee or feel as though you are not being pushed to your full potential, this could be a sign of poor leadership.
Take Your Time
Your job and your employer impact your quality of life heavily, and it is important not to rush into any decision making; some factors take time to evaluate.
When evaluating two options, there will always be the question of, “What if?”, so feeling 100% confident is very rare. Instead of trying to feel confident, make sure you feel positive about your decision.
Even though you can’t see the future or account for all unknowns, if you can answer the question, “Will my career, mental health, or quality of life benefit by working elsewhere?” in the affirmative, then you can feel assured that you are making the best decision for you.