Guest blogger Tracey C. Jones, M.B.A., is the President of Tremendous Leadership, a professional development firm that advises Fortune 500s, government agencies, and universities on issues of leadership, ethics, and employee engagement. Her clients include Liberty Mutual, The American Automobile Association (AAA), The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), United Way, the McCann School of Business, and others.
A Former Air Force Major and Gulf War Veteran, Tracey C. Jones spent 10 years in the corporate boardrooms of The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, where she had top-secret security clearance, Northrop Grumman, a global defense firm, and Applied Materials, a Fortune 500. She is a graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute, The Air Force Academy, and she holds an MBA in Global Management.
“Most of the time, the reasons people quit are bad ones,” says Career & Leadership Advisor, Tracey Jones, M.B.A. “The things people don’t like about their workplaces are usually fixable.”
A good rule of thumb? “Never leave a job until you’ve tried everything to make it better and seek clarity on what’s bothering you before you walk away,” says Jones, author of the new book A Message to Millennials: What your parents didn’t tell you and your employer wants you to know.
1. You don’t like your co-workers. I hate to break it to you but you’re never going to have a job where you get along with everyone in your office. If there’s one person in particular that you can’t stand, make adjustments in your location, schedule, or team projects to limit your interactions with that person.
2. You don’t get any credit. 63 percent of the employees surveyed believe their work isn’t being recognized. The reality is, it’s not your boss’ job to thank you for doing your work. Plus, who’s to say this won’t be a problem at your next job too? If you crave recognition, set up a meeting with your boss once a quarter to go over your work, but be careful because your mistakes will come up too.
3. Your hours are too long. Before you leave because of this, take stock of how you use your time both on and off the job. I guarantee that you can cut out waste in both areas.
4. You didn’t get the promotion. 56 percent of employees surveyed believe that they don’t have career advancement opportunities. While, if true, this is a good reason to quit, most people just don’t want to pay their dues. Instead of quitting, make sure your boss is aware of your career goals and set up a plan to reach the next rung.
5. You’re unhappy. I hear this so often, but when I ask ‘Why the misery?’ most people cannot point to any one thing. Instead of focusing on the overall feeling of being unsatisfied, pinpoint what exactly is making you unhappy and develop solutions to fix those specific things.
6. You don’t like your work. You’re not going to love 100 percent of your job 100 percent of the time. Take a closer inventory of how much time you spend on the things you don’t enjoy and try to reduce it. Talk to your boss about focusing more on the things you love.
7. Your boss is a bully. While an abusive boss can be a good reason to leave, a mean boss gives you an opportunity to work on your customer service skills. Imagine your boss as an angry customer and experiment with ways to mollify him or her. There is a lot to gain in a situation like this if you change your perspective a bit.