Aww….February, the time when people think about falling in love and being in love. The love I am talking about isn’t for that special someone who makes your heart skip a beat but your job. The amount of time we spend at work vs. being with family or enjoying leisure time is significant so it’s important to make sure you are doing something you love.
Weigh the Pros & Cons
When I am speaking with candidates I ask them to make a list of top priorities they are looking for. Is it job responsibilities, company, compensation, location??? Some want to work crazy hours and attain a wealth of money while others want to pursue their passions instead of the paycheck. When they really stop to think about it they can realize things are fine where they are or their priorities are out of whack and they need to re-evaluate their current job situation.
When you are in a “should I stay or should I go” situation you would be ill-advised to rush into the first opportunity you hear about. Take the time to really assess everything about a new role from company culture, personal growth opportunities, leadership, compensation etc. Then compare your findings to your list of priorities.
Also consider that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Don’t throw in the towel at a company where you have worked hard, established a reputation for yourself and fostered friendships as well as professional relationships. These are efforts you can’t quantify when making a decision about a potential move but deserve your attention.
I did it!
Love it or leave it was a decision I recently had to make for myself and to do so I literally took my own advice. Throughout the decision making process I realized I had to decide between quantifiable benefits of a move (growth, compensation, etc.) and the unquantifiable benefits (friendships, comfort, tenure) of my then current role. I weighed the pros and cons and ultimately made the decision to join the Oggi team and I am so happy I did and I love coming to work every day. But no matter what your calling is in life only you can make the decision about your next career move. You can ask family and friends for their opinion but in the end it is up to you. If you decide to stay, own it and commit to doing your best. If you decide to move on, embrace the new challenge and love every minute of it.