Get Me Outta Here, Percy! 7 Reasons It’s Time To Change Jobs

2015-07-18 10:18:51, Author: MyJobRating

Get Me Outta Here, Percy! 7 Reasons It’s Time To Change Jobs

It starts the minute you wake up in the morning: tension headache, sour stomach, high blood pressure, and depression. All from the thought of spending one more day at your job. When your job does this to you, it’s time to make a change. The average time a worker stays at a job is 4.6 years, way down from the time your Dad or Granddad stayed at the same job. There are reasons for a mobile workforce these days, and there were reasons for a mobile workforce in your Dad and Granddad’s days too; the difference is, now a worker won’t stay on a job he or she hates when the opportunity for them to change is out there.

1. Loyalty

Loyalty to job

Loyalty to a company was right up near the top of reasons workers stayed on the job. The company took care of them, so they stayed with the company and did their best for them. Loyalty went out the window starting in the late 1970s, when companies started massive layoffs in order to stay competitive with the world markets, and even moved their plants out of the US, to take advantage of lower labor costs, lower taxes, and more relaxed regulations. These days, the only loyalty a worker feels is to him or herself, and when the job becomes a burden, they look elsewhere and move on.

2. Job Satisfaction

Job Satisfaction

Most of us enjoy our work when we first start a job; if we didn’t, we wouldn’t be there in the first place. Jobs change, however; the management changes, or the nature of the job changes, or the mix of your coworkers changes, and all of a sudden, the job you loved is now the job you hate. When the job becomes a negative, for whatever reason, time to look for new opportunities in other places.

3. Management


It’s an axiom that everyone hates their boss. The corollary is the boss hates his subordinates. When either of these situations exists, the daily job becomes the daily nightmare. If your boss is fine with you but you can’t stand the sight of him or her, you need to move on; when you hate being where you are, it affects your work and your relations with everyone else in the job place. If your boss hates you,he or she isgoing to do everything inhis or herpower to make you quit, or they’re going to find a reason to fire you that won’t give you a lawsuit opportunity. Either way, it’s time to cut your losses and get out.

4. Compensation


It’s also an axiom that everyone hired after you is hired at a higher rate of pay than you were when you first started at a job. If your employer appreciates your work and is fair-minded, you’ll get as fair a raise as they can get for you. However, Human Resources generally controls the purse strings, and your boss is going to have to write the great American novel about why you deserve more than the standard two or three percent raise everybody else is getting. In order to be paid what you’re worth, you’re going to have to change jobs and become one of those new people hired in at a higher salary.

5. You’re Not the Same Person Anymore

You’re Not the Same Person Anymore

As we mature, our interests change. As our interests change, we become jaded with the job that pays our bills and want to do something else with our lives. So, we go back to school, be it college or a trade school, and learn to do something else – something we can be passionate about. Career changes often throw us back at the bottom of the salary heap, but we generally count it as part of doing something we really want to do, instead of sticking with what we used to do.

6. Your Industry is not the same

Your Industry is not the same

If you work in technology, chances are the technology you started out in has evolved into an entirely different technology now. In order to keep up with it, you’re going to have to evolve as well, and this will necessitate a job change. There are a few enlightened employers out there who understand it takes more than just being tech savvy to do a good job, but they are few and far between; most likely your employer will keep you working on the aging technology while they bring in a younger workforce already trained on the new stuff. Better train yourself and find a new job before you’re eighty-sixed with no skills.

7. Relocation

Job relocation

Chances are you were single when you got out of college and started working. As time goes by, you find the one person you want to spend your life with and get married. In today’s society, you both work, at least until the kids start coming; the possibility of having to relocate because of a spouse’s career are actually pretty high in today’s marketplace. So, you need to keep your family commitments and move when a spouse needs to, and you need a job in your new location. So, the proactive employee starts looking before the move, so they can both settle into new careers as well as a new home.

There are myriads of reasons to change a job in today’s world; it was actually a much simpler place and time when you started a job and kept it for life. Unfortunately, life is far more complicated now, and today’s worker needs to keep up with the times. Getting a gold watch and retiring from the same company you came on board with is a dim memory – staying involved with your career and moving when you need to is now the norm.

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