Keeping Your Job
Here are ten quick reasons to think about on why you should stay in your current job rather than looking for pastures new.
In this economy, many workers are still nervous about their jobs. If you can't log in to your work email account, you're more likely to think that you’ve been laid off than there's some sort of glitch. Relax! Instead of looking for red flags, watch for these 10 signs that could actually tell you you’re fine where you are.
- You're happy. We're not talking mere complacency here, but genuine happiness. If you're happy, you're going to be more productive, and that will impact the company's (and your own) bottom line.
- You're learning. You can race up the corporate ladder with agility, but if you don’t learn anything on the way, you won’t enjoy a lengthy stay. Anything you learn is another bullet point on your CV.
- The company is hiring. This is not the hiring we saw in the 90's but rather the new and improved smart hiring that will help your company get to the next level. You want to see your employer putting new employees into positions that directly support the company's goals.
- The company listens to its workers. Employees are often a company’s most valuable asset. If processes don't work and morale is low, the employees are the ones to know. But remember: Decisions are based on the bigger picture, which may include some facts every employee cannot be privy to.
- The company has a plan. Does your employer have a mission and clear goals? Is there a plan for reaching those goals? Clarity is important for every worker, and it’s even more important for the larger business.
- The company fixes it's problems. Everyone makes mistakes, true virtue lies in how they’re corrected. If your company actively tries to mend itself, then you know it’s getting ready for the long haul.
- The company promotes from within. Does your company reward its workers and promote accordingly? This shows the company is willing to invest in you, and your investment in the company could have a payoff.
- The company is open about its financial situation. If your company shares only its successes, beware. But if your employer shares information on profits and loss, it's inviting you to be a partner and is empowering you with the information you need to help.
- Your accomplishments and contributions are noticed and valued. Do you get credit for the work you do? No one should be taken for granted. If your employer notes your accomplishments, you're more likely to move up or be able to take on more challenging projects.
- You look forward to Monday. Everyone enjoys a day off, but do you look forward to returning to work? Whether it’s your job, your colleagues or the office culture, if there’s something that stops you from dreading Mondays, you’ve struck career gold.
But why not look to improve your situation? If you realise your current employer and position are not right for you, you need to take some action.
Start with these four steps:
- What's wrong? Are you unhappy with your current job, or are you concerned for your company's future? You need to determine the current problem before you can find a solution.
- Assessments. Introspection can only lead to more clarity where your career is concerned. Look into taking career assessments to discover where your interests and aptitudes meet, and determine what type of workplace culture would be best for you.
- Update your CV. Even if you're completely content in your current position, you should always keep your CV updated. You never know what might happen next, even in a thriving company.
- Network. Talking to people is one of the best ways to learn about job openings or even a field of work that you had never considered for yourself. You need to put yourself out there and take some risks to find the job that’s right for you.
And finally, submit your CV to us and we will offer advice and guidance to help you unlock your potential and find your ideal position.
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