• Dr. Sharon Livingston

When You’re Living in a Horror Movie, You Make Poor Decisions: Part 3

The Devil You Know - Scary Reasons to Stay with Your Job

It’s almost Halloween. So here’s a little Trick or Treat for you.

Are you apprehensive about opening your door to a costumed character who may terrify you?

Sometimes clichés are just my cup of tea and right on the money. In this case, they often fit well with the experience of changing jobs. While something new may look good at first glance, the grass isn't always greener. In fact, you could be jumping out of the pan and into the fire. The job itself, the corporate culture and the people you’ll be working with may not be what they seem.

When you move, you will have to start all over again learning the ropes and "fitting in." You’ll have to find and establish your place. Who are those that you can trust, who are the movers and shakers, the decision makers and influencers, but most of all you also need to accept the disappointments and constructive criticism just as well in the new company as the one you’re working with now. Now that's not something most people think about when changing jobs. We tend to just see the glitter.

You’re probably thinking of leaving your current situation for a number of bedeviling reasons.

You believe there’s no room for advancement or learning

You’re not making enough money

The corporate climate is uncomfortable, even toxic

You don’t feel as though your efforts are recognized or appreciated

You have no friends or support there

The blush is off the rose – your job is no longer as exciting, novel, or interesting as it first was.

Some of these are probably so. Others may be rationalizations for leaving rather than working on finding a solution for the present situation.

It’s important to weigh the pros and cons. Think about what you like to do, what inspires you, what you get to do on a regular basis. Is there a way you could be doing more of them?

What do you dislike? How often do you have to do it? Is there a way you could delegate or do less of them?

What about the environment? Is this a place where you can take root and grow? Would some other workplace be more suitable? Realistically, how so? Do you enjoy steep learning curves? Because switching jobs or careers always entails changes, some major with lots of effort.

Perhaps, if we spent more time tending to our grass than looking over the fence, it would be just as green as that on the other side. Or even greener and more fertile.

Sometimes, the devil is in the details. What if you could change some things in your current position? What might those be? How might you go about it? What steps could you take to analyze your situation and reconsider your path. Should you stay or should you go?

What are your work goals? Need help assessing where you are against your career goals and creating a step by step plan to get there?

Happy to help. Please contact me with any questions or thoughts. I promise to get back to you.


To your success.

Doc Sharon