Hate your job? Don’t quit just yet

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Let’s face it – we’ve all been unhappy at work at some point. However, quitting isn’t the best response. Besides, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side – it could get better where you water it and nurture it. 

Rather than planning your grand exit, consider having a conversation with your supervisor about the issues you’re having. When approached correctly, this can be a beneficial meeting of the minds that may improve your current situation. 

Below are five ways to ensure that conversation is productive: 

  1. Be humble
    Before you knock on your supervisors’ door, check your attitude and make sure you are approaching the conversation with a clear mind and humble attitude. It’s often not what we say, but how we say it, that will drive the tone of the conversation. My 12-year-old daughter is the perfect example of this. If she’s screaming at the top of her lungs, it doesn’t matter what she’s saying I’m already on the defense. Don’t be a 12-year-old. 
     
  2.  Don’t try to be right
    As with any discussion, being right is far less important than how you handle yourself. Instead of trying to “win” the argument, work toward a solution that works for both of you. This meeting of the minds could solve your problem, or it could allow you to leave your position with dignity knowing you did everything you could to rectify the situation. 
     
  3. Don’t be a whiner
    Don’t run to your manager every time you’re frustrated and vent. Venting sessions start out as a quick fix that feels good but can turn into unproductive b*$#h sessions. There is a time and a place for everything, but these conversations should be reserved for more serious issues that have repeatedly caused problems. Make sure that it’s something that has been bothering you for a while and isn’t a result of your current life circumstances outside of work. 
     
  4. Maintain open communication
    There’s a delicate balance between sharing too much and not sharing enough. However, your supervisor would want to know if you’re unhappy. Rather than keep it all in until you’re ready to quit, set up a regular time to discuss how things are going and create an open line of communication. A good manager will be interested in your happiness and how he or she can work to improve the company’s culture. 

Employees often think that their opinion doesn’t matter or the problems they are having are too big to overcome. But that isn’t always the case. How much better would the work environment be if you were able to stay and help fix these problems? 

At the end of the day, the company’s culture might not be right for you, but at least you know you tried. At the very least, this conversation will alert your employer so they aren’t blindsided when you leave. 

If you still feel like you aren’t being heard, we can help you find a company that appreciates you. Check out the latest listings on our job board or contact us to find out more about our staffing services. 
 

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About the Author

John Owens - President, Finance & operations

As Cohesion’s founder, John brings more than 20 years of industry experience to his role. With an exceptional ability to forge and maintain relationships, he focuses on strategy, leadership, and innovation.

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