The Pros and Cons of Changing Jobs
Changing jobs regularly can be seen as a good thing. It is a sign of ambitiousness and an indication that you want to improve your skills and experience. But it can be seen as a sign of an inability to commit to a role, of someone who struggles to settle in. If you are thinking about changing jobs, you may wish to think about how frequent moves reflect on you.
What are the Reasons We Change Jobs?
Many things make you want to be changing jobs – some of these are out of your power, so in an effort to retake control, you put yourself on the job market, and some people do it more often than others!
So, how often is too often? With social media seeming to constantly announce new roles for our friends and acquaintances, it might appear that nowadays, people job hop more often now than ever before.
So, is job dissatisfaction the prime motivation to begin applying for new jobs? Is it that straightforward? Well, yes and no. According to recent research by LinkedIn, the top reason people move is their concern about the lack of career advancement opportunities where they currently work. A whopping 45% of people claim this to be so. The other top reasons are dissatisfaction with the leadership qualities of senior management, the need for a more challenging environment, unhappiness with compensation and/or benefits and the lack of recognition for the effort being put in.
Of course, everyone is in a unique situation. But in general, this is what has been seen over the years, involving thousands of people, that lead to better or poorer career choices.
The Good Reasons
Career advancement. This is the main reason people change jobs. They either want a better opportunity for advancement that their company can’t provide, or a far more attractive opportunity comes along suddenly. Advancement opportunity can be over-sold in the candidate interview, and this can lead to resentment and frustration down the line.
The work environment. This obviously means different things to different people. It may mean looking for less stressful conditions due to deadlines or pressure. It could also mean more manageable hours, fewer weekends etc.
A greater challenge. This typically means greater mental or technical stimulation. People like to feel that they are learning new skills and empowering themselves. This can provide them with greater market value, or it can simply be more intellectually satisfying.
How well you are appreciated. This is often confused with poor remuneration. When one feels underpaid, it is usually a sign of under-appreciation. Someone can be making below market for the work they do but may receive other forms of appreciation that compensate for being underpaid. However, if one feels unappreciated, more money is only a temporary fix. Under-appreciation leads to lack of motivation and poor performance.
Job stability. When people perceive that they are losing career stability, they want more of it. When people are confident in their career choices, stability is less important. During a recession, stability is often the only consideration.
Your location. Commutes, work locations, safety, schools and even climate can affect one’s decision to look for a new job.
The Poor Reasons
Greater compensation. Remember, money alone is only a motivator for a very short time. If you are enticed away from your job, which you otherwise enjoy, for simply more money, you may become very unhappy with the decision very quickly.
Relationship with your immediate boss. This can be very difficult for people, but a bad relationship with your boss is usually not enough alone to leave a company. If everything else is positive, such as environment, challenge, career advancement, the relationship issues can usually be worked out or improved over time.
Relationship with co-workers. Do not make a decision to leave a good job, with many positive attributes, just because of someone you work with. Attempt to make the situation better, work things out, seek a compromise, or seek help from a human resource representative. But quit? No. This is often just what they want. Do not give it to them.
Boredom. 95% of the time if you are suffering from boredom, it is most probably your own fault. And changing jobs won’t fix it. It will only transfer to a new company. Honestly. If you are bored with your job, try to fix the problem where you are.
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