The television show Hoarders intrigues me. While I feel best after unloading extra clothing, toys, paperwork and more, people who suffer from Hoarding hang on items even if useless, broken, or has no value. I watched an episode where a woman even kept what should be flushed down the toilet.
People leave jobs after about 2.5 years. I believe many leave too soon. However, in the next couple of posts, I’ll focus on when it’s time (or past time) to move on. Jobs shouldn’t negatively affect other aspects of your life. Think of Hoarders; severe hoarders can’t move around their homes, may not have access to heat, air conditioning, electricity, water and more, can’t cook, may sleep in a corner somewhere, rodents run rampant, some lose their children, friends, their homes are condemned, and they spend all their money and more. In the pursuit of everything, they end up with nothing.
If you are surrounded with negative influences, are expected to do anything that violates your integrity or values, your company doesn’t treat customers well (and you can’t fix it), if the stress is harming relationships with family and friends, and/or your health is suffering, stop and think. Would I be better somewhere else? Am I lowering my standards by working here? Are the people around me good folks or are they rats?
Sometimes, people are at organizations for so long that they don’t realize it’s been sliding, co-workers are bad influences, or their position is at the core of issues, especially if they are paid well, have good benefits, work nice hours, live close by, etc. Because there absolutely will be changes and they may not all be great—lower income, a longer commute, a start at the bottom, and more. I once had a client who worked from home and made six figures. But his company produced horrid products, cost too much, and the corporate heads were engaged in sketchy behavior. It was having a negative effect on his health and relationships. Without having another job, he left. A month later, he got a great new job, took a $40k income hit and had to commute 20 miles to work. But his health and relationships greatly improved, and he was so fulfilled. Just think of Hoarders. They may think broken containers, 10 year old newspapers, 50 chairs, 600 shirts, expired food, and even poop helps them feel whole, safe, and are needed for survival. But in actuality, clearing out physical items may actually help their health, relationships, and eliminate a dangerous environment.
Good luck job searching,
Beth Husom, GCDF