There are situations where you need to know when to quit your job. The famous saying of quitters never win and winners never quit is great, but in reality, if you're stuck in a bad situation you're just plain stubborn if you try and stick at it.
There are three time you should move to a new workplace.
1. If you're no longer growing and learning.
2. If you know the company isn't ethical or don't agree with their work
And 3.... Well you'll need to watch below.
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Hey guys, Hayden Wilson here for Learn Share Grow live. This is Episode 24 and today I’m talking all about how you can learn when it’s time to call it quits. If you’re in a situation where you’re not sure if you’re enjoying your job and you are unhappy, I’m going to give you three crucial keys to ask yourself before you make that jump and before you quit because there are important elements and something to learn in every situation. So we want to make sure that we’re not jumping ship too early so I’m going through the strategies right now.
The first thing I want you to ask yourself before you move on is if you are still growing or learning. If you’re not growing or learning in your current role you need to ask yourself what am I actually achieving? Because if you’re just going in day in, day out, and just doing the same old thing, where is the progression, what can you actually achieve? I’m all for sticking around and hustling, and working hard but if you’re not learning and growing and developing as an employee, as a person, then it’s pretty much a wasted time. So I want you always think am I growing, am I learning?
The second thing that you need to know when you are deciding whether to move on or not, and you can call it quits, I’m giving you permission to call it quits, is if you know the company is bad or it doesn’t align with what you believe, if it’s unethical, if it’s doing or going in places that you don’t believe are where you want to go or what is right for other people – are they acting unscrupulously, are they doing things that you don’t necessarily agree with? If they’re doing these things, ripping off customers, having bad customer service, not treating their employees well, then by all means, it’s time to start looking for a new job.
The third thing that you would like to ask yourself is are you annoyed with, or do you not get along with the people. The connections that we make at work can either make or break us because we can form relationships with these people that can lead to many different avenues. But if you don’t like the people who you are working with or there are situations like, they might be bullying you, or you just don’t plain don’t get along with people who you are working with – of course, in all working environments there are people who you do and don’t get along with but if there’s definitely a gap between how well you’re being treated and how well you internally think that you should be treated, if the gap is too large, then it’s time to quit and find a new job.
So these are the three questions that you need to ask yourself. Am I growing, am I learning? Is the company performing tasks that I don’t personally agree with? How am I being treated by the other people, are they easy or hard to work with?
All these questions need to be thought of, but before you answer these questions and get up and immediately throw your key card and say ‘boss, no more, I’m sick of it’, you need to think of the pros and cons to finding a new job and what that’s going to allow you. Are you going to be stuck in this same position in three months time because you know, a lot of people get in this trap of not understanding where these certain elements go and what they want out of a job – they think that ‘if I get this job then I’ll be happy’, ‘if I’m able to do these things, then I’ll be happy’ so when you’re applying for a new role you need to understand these three things. So in the interview process, you need to be asking the interviewer, the manager, whoever is interviewing you, ‘what’s in it for me?’ You can be a bit selfish in these situations and see what learning progressions are there, where can I go once I join this company?
The second thing you want to do is do your research on that company before you sign up, before you even go into an interview – I want you to do this specific research. If you’re really big on customer service a little trick that you could use is to call that company as a mystery caller and see how they answer the phone, how do they treat you, is this an environment that you want to be a part of? It’s always good to get an inside view. Do your research on the company, look at what type of stuff they post on facebook, are they even on social media – is that the kind of company they are, or are they more old school – do you want to work for an old school company? These are the questions that you need to ask before quitting and then trying to find a new job only to find this fulfilled happiness trap that we can often fall into. The third thing is the people. Get an idea of what type of people work for this company. Exactly like I said before, when you call up, how do they greet you, how do they treat random strangers? Because if that’s how they treat random strangers, is that the same way that they will treat you as a colleague? So always look at the types of people, how do they dress, are you going to fit into that corporate culture.
These are the three questions you need to ask whilst you are in a job and also why you’re looking for a new job.
I hope this helps. If you have any questions, jump over to haydenwilson.com.au. Otherwise, I will see you all tomorrow. Ciao.