Magazine article Management Today

Wise Words: Think Once - Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Magazine article Management Today

Wise Words: Think Once - Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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Ah, September, when we return to our desks, energised by a summer break, only to think, 'Is this it?'

The contrast between a horizon-expanding holiday and a headache-inducing inbox can make the urge to jump ship overwhelming. But how do you know whether to stay or leave? Ask yourself the following:

Where and who do I want to be?

Where do you want to end up? Will you kick yourself if you haven't tried a particular role or industry? Knowing this can make it clear whether you're in the right place to start achieving those goals.

Am I challenged?

If your job's ceased to provide any mental stimulation, then rust-out - burn-out's boredom-based twin - may be just around the corner. In her book The Progress Principle, Professor Teresa Amabile explains that we need to feel we're making progress every day in order to feel truly happy at work. Stop the rust by identifying how you can make tangible progress now, perhaps by learning new skills, or setting daily goals.

Could small tweaks make a big difference?

We nearly all mistakenly believe that if we're feeling unhappy, only a seismic change will suffice. The myth is perpetuated by media stories of bankers-turned-artisan coffee-makers. Yet more often the reverse is true. Small changes can transform how you feel - whether it's working from home once a week or setting up a regular check-in meeting with your boss. Think hard about what matters to you on a daily basis. Don't underestimate your own ability to change your work landscape. …

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