Leaving a full time position is a big decision, some might say it could be a life changing decision. In our line of work we often see people who regret their decision to leave a position before they were truly ready to. It is hard to know when that time might be. Many things can play into the reasons why you may want to leave your position. No room for advancement, hostile work environment, no recognition or lack of teamwork, these are all valid reasons. Whatever your reasons, there are some questions you should ask yourself first. But before you ask these questions dig deep and admit to yourself, if no one else, why you are ready to leave your job. Knowing this is key in being able to decide whether or not the timing is right.
- Is the situation hostile, abusive or unbearable?
- Have I tried everything that I could to resolve the situation?
- Do I know what I want to do next?
- Is there a plan in place to make that move?
- Can I manage to live for three to six months without my current level of income?
- Can I survive without the health and dental benefits I currently have? (provided you are currently on a benefit plan)
- Have I discussed this plan with my support group, family and friends?
- If not, how can I earn what is needed?
If the answer to question one is “yes”. You might want to plan to leave soon rather than later, but have a plan of action. Some other things to consider would be whether or not there is a bonus payment coming soon or if you have some vacation you want to use prior to leaving. It is important to note that your vacation is earned based on your time at work. In most cases any amount owing will be paid out with a last pay cheque.
The most important aspect of this decision is not to make it in haste or anger. Far too many people become emotional (which can make the situation seem more severe in that moment) and leave without considering the repercussions. As difficult as the decision is, it is always best to have an exit strategy or plan in place.
Have you left a position in haste or anger and later regretted it? Tell us about your experiences!