To Get or Not to Get the F*** out of Dodge

To Get or Not to Get the F*** out of Dodge

Episode Show Notes

Thinking about leaving your job? We get it, we’ve all been there. Maybe you’re unhappy, stressed, or overworked. Maybe your job treats you phenomenally, you have great benefits, great work hours but, something’s missing. Choosing to stay at or leave your employment is never an easy decision. Here are a few tips on how to decide on your next steps and determine whether or not it’s time to “Get the F*** out of Dodge.”

In this episode we talk about:

When is time to Quit My Job?

If the thought of leaving your job has crossed your mind recently, it may be time to start evaluating whether or not it’s time to leave. Start with creating a Pros and Cons lists that outlines some of the below considerations.

Practical Factors to Consider when Thinking About Leaving Your Job

  • Insurance and Health Benefits: What are your needs regarding insurance and other health benefits?
  • Wages: What are your current expenses and what is your bottom line for a wage?
  • Work Schedule: What work schedule is most beneficial for you (and your family?)
  • Opportunity for promotion: Is this a career opportunity? Do you have opportunity to promote?
  • Additional fringe benefits: Are extra benefits such as HSA/FSA accounts, gym memberships, or childcare important to you? Are they necessary?
  • Opportunity for personal and professional development: Is there opportunity for you to grow personally and professionally through creative opportunities or training?

Secondary Factors to Consider when Thinking About Leaving Your Job

  • Job Satisfaction: How fulfilling is your work on a personal level?
  • Work Culture: Do you enjoy walking into work every day? Do you align with the company values, do they express these values in their actions? Do you feel acknowledged and appreciated?
  • Commute Time: Is the commute time reasonable, if it feels excessive is it worth the tradeoff?
  • Ability to maintain healthy work/life boundaries: Does your current position allow you and/or support you in having a life outside of work? Has your physical health declined as a result of ongoing work-related stress?
  • Are your job responsibilities negatively impacting your personal or family relationships?
  • How positive are your work relationships? If they are positive, can you still maintain these relationships if you leave your job? Do you value the relationship with your peers, team, and/or management?

Internal Factors to Consider when Thinking About Leaving Your Job

  • Your sense of security and stability
  • Your “loyalty” to a company. What does that mean to you?
  • If I quit, am I failure? Or unreliable?
  • How good are you with change? Is your fear of change keeping you somewhere you don’t want to be?
  • Do you have passion that is not being fed through your current position?
  • If you are considering self-employment or entrepreneurship, is fear or self-doubt keeping you from trying?
  • Who are you? Has your profession now become your identity?
  • Do you have people-pleasing tendencies and worry you will disappoint your team or management if you leave?
  • Is there a pride factor that’s keeping you from leaving?

Signs it May be Time to Quit your Job?

  • You feel underappreciated.
  • You dread going to work.
  • You enjoy being at work, but find yourself daydreaming about the “what-if’s”
    • What if I had more time to (fill in the blank with your hobby/passion)
    • What if I saved enough money to cover the start-up costs of my own business?
    • What if I found a source of income that allowed me to be with my family more?
    • What if I had a job where I made my own schedule?
  • You feel unmotivated.
  • You feel stuck, like being in your current job is not a choice.
  • You feel exhausted.
  • Your physical health and sleep are steadily declining.
  • Your spouse/partner are worried about you.

Other Ways to Help You Decide if It’s time to quit your Job

  • Create a pros and cons list.
  • Talk to friends, family, or trusted peers to get an outside perspective.
  • Evaluate your current needs (practical, secondary, and internal) and ask if this job is meeting those needs.
  • Do some job searching and see if there are opportunities that catch your attention.
  • Utilize your network and connections to help you explore other opportunities.

Therapists Uncut Challenge:

Take time to evaluate where you stand in your job by creating a Pros and Cons list to help you assess what’s working and what’s not working for you.

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