If you’re reading this blog chances are you’re thinking about making a career move. But before you do, seriously consider whether it’s worth it. There are so many things that go into making a job good or bad, many of which don’t have much to do with the actual job duties. Don’t be blinded by the shininess of that new job offer; do your homework and make sure you know what you’re getting into.
Consider the following to help evaluate your current vs. potential new job:
|Ever worked for a great boss who has a bad boss? Very limiting and it isn’t just work that flows down-hill, you can feel the oppression.|
|Ever worked on a team with no trust? It’s destructive and isolating.|
|Ever worked for a company where you are a gear in a piece of massive machinery? It is stagnating and you constantly struggle to find your ‘territory’ so that you can be creative.|
|Ever worked for a company that is so locked into processes that they can’t see the forest through the trees? It moves at a sluggard’s pace and moves people one step at a time in their career and expects everyone to “pay their dues”.|
If you aren’t experiencing these things with your current employer, you’re probably in a pretty good place. Of course there are countless other reasons for leaving a company, but I’ve listed what I think can lead to some of the worst working conditions and are usually impossible to change. Ask anyone that has worked in such a place and they will tell you other things (like benefits and even pay) don’t compensate for the pain. If you don’t know much about the management at the new company, how it’s run, or the dynamics of your workgroup, it’s time to start investigating. Use your connections to see what it’s really like. And social media and countless ratings sites have made it easier than ever to get the scoop.
If you can’t find a contact or friend of a friend to get this information, ask to meet with some of the team members prior to making your decision. Don’t just listen to their comments; observe their energy level and the dynamics between team members; ask them how often they have to change personal plans or how many hours they work, including time at home; ask if their boss or management frequently communicates outside of work hours; find out what they do to celebrate individual or team accomplishments – if there is a long pause, beware.
Bottom line, the grass isn’t always greener and you want to feel confident you’re not getting into something you will regret within six months. If you’re looking at coming to Allyis, don’t just take my word for it: Search for our employees, past and present, on LinkedIn. Once you’re satisfied that you know what you’re getting into, apply!