Staying in a role that you hate will have a long-term impact.
When I overstayed in my corporate role at ANZ, I would walk to work each day just hating on everything – from the office layout, the state of the toilets, my boss’s messy desk, my messy desk, and the actual work too. I was mentally living in negativity city and it really made me feel really sick – I got a weird contact lens related eye infection, I had a breast cancer scare, I never seemed to be able to catch the bus on time, I was in a perpetual argument with my then husband. It was just a vicious cycle of ‘everything sux’ (and not in a good funny Kylie Mole* kinda way.) But I realise now is the one thing that was missing was taking action. I was so scared about meeting mortgage commitments and getting renovations done, I just couldn’t value my own happiness. And it wasn’t worth it. If I had just started researching, writing down my thoughts, practicing gratitude and expanding my horizon, my life could have been so much easier (and happier). This is what I do now when I am in grumpy town and I can not recommend the power of taking action more.
Ask yourself, what will happen if you stay in this situation for the next 3 years? What impact will that have on how you see yourself, your company and your career?
Start to analyse WHY you are staying. If there is something happening right now that means you have to stay, set a deadline for yourself to start looking for a new job so you know this period of your life will have an end point.
If there’s nothing holding you back other than YOU MAKING THAT DECISION, then its time to take action today!
Yes as in, right now!
You will immediately feel better. The momentum you build will take the pressure off what is happening at work day to day. Now, the actions you take today don’t have to be scary. They can take the form of lots of tiny tiny steps, such as:
- researching your next job,
- actively questioning what you want,
- writing down your feelings,
- writing down your decisions,
- asking for the support you need to make the move.
If financial commitments are making you feel trapped, work out what your minimum salary level needs to be.
I always advise that if you’re moving from one permanent role to the next you should be asking for at least a 20% pay rise to make it worthwhile.
Because all the goodwill you have stored up in your current job is worth something. Whether its extra flexibility, no one questioning you if you come in a little late or take a sick day, that build-up of trust and support is worth something. Make sure you factor this in. That said, if you have to move FAST because you need a life-raft job to get out of a really bad situation, then I recommend finding something that pays at least as much as your current salary.
Don’t let yourself go backwards financially. Going backwards can take longer to recover from than you think, and its just not worth it. There’s a reason you get paid good money in your current role so don’t back down on your salary because your current role has worn you down. It took me 5 years to get back to where I was when I was at ANZ – 5 years!!!! That impacted my savings, super and wardrobe!! Choose joy and money and don’t accept that you can’t have both because you can! (I do now and its awesome, so it is possible.)
Now, I’d love to hear from you by commenting on this post here.
What is one thing you can do today to get out of that crappy job?
And, if you’re currently in a job you love (BIG YAY!!!) – what is one thing you are grateful for in your current role?
* For those of you unfamiliar with the pure pleasure of Kylie Mole see this clip.