Weighing up a resignation – Should I stay or should I go?

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If you’re considering resigning from your job, it’s important to make sure you’ve thought it through.

Perhaps you’re feeling underappreciated or want to take the next step in your career. Maybe you’re crunching numbers when what you really want to do is help people. Whatever the reason, it’s sensible to work towards a decision by weighing up the pros and cons.

Top three reasons to consider resigning

1. You’re unhappy at work.

We all have that ‘I don’t want to go to work feeling’ from time to time but if you’ve been feeling unhappy about work for a while, it’s time to take stock. When we’re unhappy, our physical and mental health can suffer as can our personal lives. It’s a good idea to reach out to friends, family, or a counsellor to talk through your feelings and be sure that work is the source of the problem. This will also ensure you’re well supported, whatever decision you make.

2. You’re no longer passionate about what you do.

If you’re in a job that no longer interests you, it might be time to move on.  We spend a large chunk of our lives working so it?s important to be doing something you enjoy. Many of us have days where we question our career choice but if it is a daily struggle then identifying what you would like to be doing is important. Make sure to consider your options carefully and if possible, meet with a career advisor to talk about your goals for the future.

3. You feel underpaid.

If you’re performing well at work and have put together a good case for an increase in salary, but your employer can’t currently accommodate, it’s a good idea to keep your eye out for new jobs. Before making any decisions, research similar jobs and find out what you can expect to be paid in the current marketplace. Be mindful that the grass isn’t always greener; whilst you may find a job that’s better compensated, consider it carefully alongside the positives of your existing job.

Top three reasons to stay put

1. You’re still quite new to the company.

If you’ve been in a job for less than two years, be mindful that your employer has invested in you and will be expecting you to stick around for a while. Whilst there are always unforeseen circumstances such as a move or unexpected career opportunity, job hopping can indicate to an employer, that you’re not dependable or loyal.

2. Financial security.

Being well compensated by your employer is a good reason to stay put. It may be that you’ve looked at other jobs, only to discover you’re better off where you are. Considering your personal financial commitments and factoring in the positives such as a short commute to work, can help you reframe your current situation and appreciate what you already have.

3. You like the people.

Working with people you like and respect, and feeling supported in the workplace, is a big factor in workplace happiness. A recent UK study found that people are ten times more likely to stay in a job for friendship than for money.  Really getting to know your colleagues, whether it’s via company events, or simply because you’ve been in the job for a while, fosters a sense of belonging and makes for a good work environment.

If you do decide to hand in your resignation, make sure that you’re professional and respectful, whatever the reason for leaving. And if you’ve decided to stay, it may be a good time to talk to your employer about what you’d like to achieve going forward.


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