I’ve quit a few jobs over the years. I think I reasoned it all out pretty well when I did. I’ve never regretted my decision. But I know people who have drifted in their career, wandering from employer to employer looking for one that would “get them” and open up space for their talents to flourish.
You hear so much about managing your own career these days, and it’s a real thing. You should do your best to find a job that is the best possible fit for you.
But here’s the problem – employers are looking for people who fit their needs as much as you are looking for an employer who meets yours. Are you willing to see it as a partnership rather than a transaction?
What percentage of a positive outcome between employee and employer is due to the employee’s behavior and attitude, and how much is due to the employer’s culture and pursuit of being the “employer of choice.” I don’t have an answer – probably no one else does either. I would like to suggest that as the employee, you might do best to take 51% of the responsibility.
Here are some questions to ask if you’re unhappy in your job:
But you might be the problem. You might be passive-aggressive, or politically clumsy, or unable to form productive relationships with co-workers.
All of these are things you should be working on all the time, and of course, if you do, there’s the possibility your current job is actually a better job than the job you’re experiencing because of your behavior in that job.
Your current job, whether you like it or not, is a laboratory for you to work on yourself, and come up with better and better versions of yourself in the process. That better version of yourself might enjoy your current job a lot more than the current version.
There’s nothing immoral about leaving your job — sometimes it’s the right thing for you and for the organization. I just wonder sometimes if we all worked on ourselves first if we’d find more opportunities for workplace satisfaction and less reason to leave.