Should You Stay or Should You Go?

It is inevitable.  You get the perfect job (or hire the perfect candidate) and now things are great! You like going to work, you feel fulfilled and appreciated, and you are earning a decent wage.  And then something changes, maybe the recession has hit and you are coping with a shrinking workforce due to layoffs.  Whatever the reason, your happy job, just became a struggle.  Whether this is due to conflicts with your supervisor, scope creep, budget failures, or another reason, it is important to know when it is right for you to find a new situation and when you should stay and work through the challenging time.

Now we all have had our ups and downs on the job, but when does it become too much to handle?  For those that know me well, they know that it is not in my nature to give up or walk away from a challenge, so I tend to persevere, but that does not mean that is always the right answer.  I don’t like hiring and training new employees, or being the new employee, but if someone is really that miserable being on my team, we will all be better off if changes are made.

This is an extremely personal decision, and only you can decide what is best for you and your family.  Ask yourself a few questions and try to understand the root of the feeling, but ultimately, you have to make the choice that is best for you.  Are you a valued team member? Are you willing to work on any of the problems?  Can you leave work at work or is it impacting your home life in a negative way? Are you past the point of logic and are too emotional to think rationally about work?

At the end of the day, life is too short to spend your time being miserable.  If your situation is that bad, it may be time to move on.  But also consider what made you happy about this job initially and seek that out in your next opportunity.

Whether you decide to stay and try to improve your work situation or depart and find a better situation, use these challenging times as a way to learn and grow as an employee.  Consider what might have improved the situation, what could have been done to prevent the conflict, and how you will make your next opportunity into a great one.  Use this as a learning and growing experience; do not make a hasty decision.  Then decide, should you stay or should you go?

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