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4 Undeniable Signs It’s Time to Move On

April 1, 2019

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When you’re a student, no one tells you about those tough conversations you will have to manage later on as a new pro — whether it is asking for a promotion or salary increase or putting in your one-month’s notice.

Since I was young, I never saw giving up or quitting as an option. However, with time, I learned that trying and hoping things will improve isn’t always viable; sometimes, you just need to make a drastic change. How can you tell when the time has come?

Here are four undeniable signs that tell you it’s time to move on to the next opportunity:

1. Your spark is gone.

Remember your first day at work and how excited you were to start? You observed, asked questions and took note of everything around you. You had new ideas and you wanted to make changes, innovate, and make things bigger and better. You retained that energy throughout your first years in the job, but now you notice that your interest is starting to fade.

The office can be stressful at times, and there are some days where you may not be well rested, so it’s OK to have varying levels of motivation throughout the year. But if you find yourself doing things that you didn’t do before — like showing up to work late, not engaging in meetings or missing deadlines — then you may want to brainstorm ways to reignite that spark. Because when it’s completely gone, there’s not much left to do besides move on or burn out.

2. You no longer feel challenged.

As new pros, we want to expand our knowledge base. There are things you can do as a new pro to challenge yourself, such as learning a new skill, seeking a certification or taking on a difficult project. But supervisors also take on the responsibility to mentor their employees, help them grow and help them advance their careers.

When supervisors fail to support their employees, eager new pros will most likely feel disengaged and undervalued. That’s when you may want to think about other ways to challenge yourself. And if you’ve already tried everything, then perhaps it’s time to seek a more challenging opportunity somewhere else.

3. The culture has changed.

When you interviewed for your position, you asked questions about organizational culture to see if you’d be a good fit. You liked what you heard and could see yourself fitting in so you decided to take the job.

Now a few years in, there’s a new leader in your organization and you’ve noticed small changes in the culture of your company and team. After a year, you realize those changes added up to a major culture shift in your organization — one that you no longer identify with.

New leaders can bring positive culture change, but sometimes the change can impact you negatively. A shift in an organization’s culture is complex, so unless you’re committed to waiting it out, you may want to consider looking for a similar organization with a culture that resonates more with your goals.

4. You’ve given it your all, but you’re not seeing the results.

For millennials, recognition and personal attention are important. Unfortunately, it seems that organizations are missing the mark.

According to Aon Hewitt and O.C. Tanner, one in four organizations find their current recognition programs ineffective for millennial workers.

If you’re not feeling the love from your leadership, then try to present solutions to your supervisor that will help them understand how you prefer to be recognized. If after trying, you don’t see any improvements, then you may want to look at another position where your supervisor’s leadership style and ways to recognize great work align more with your preferences and expectations.
 

In the end, the change will pay off because you will feel more appreciated, valued and happier overall.

Andrea Gils

Andrea Gils, a native of Uruguay, is the marketing and communications manager at the University of Kentucky International Center. She was on the PRSA New Pros National Committee in 2016, currently serves on the PRSA National Diversity & Inclusion National Committee and is a Champion for PRSSA. Connect with her on LinkedIn: andreagils.

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