The unknown is one of the scariest things to us as humans. We feel comfortable with the things that we know and risk is something we try to avoid unless absolutely necessary. There is, however, an opportunity cost in play here that one needs to consider when thinking about employment.
What follows will be five reasons why you should consider changing jobs. If you love your job, still consider, but if you love your job you are certainly in the minority.
So let’s take a look…
Obvious, right? If someone offers you more money, you should look into it. There are other things to consider though like new job duties, healthcare benefits, retirement, and location.
Money is a motivating factor but it isn’t the only one. If I had subpar benefits I would consider taking a job with less salary and better benefits if the math adds up.
I have friends who drive one hour each way to work. To me, that’s crazy. The average person works about 260 days per year, that’s 520 hours spent community or 21.6 days! Days! Can you imagine spending 21 days per year community to work?! I can’t.
Living closer to work puts less wear and tear on your car and saves you on fuel costs. If the only game in town is an hour away or if you have a company car then this reason probably doesn’t hold as much weight, but it is worth giving a think.
3. Your Boss Sucks
You can say it, everyone else in the office probably has similar feelings. I haven’t had a bad boss in nearly five years as of this writing but terrible leadership can result in more stress and a harder time at home due to the stress.
This is a situation where I would consider taking a little less money for less stress. Granted, you don’t know what the other side of the fence looks like, but you can meet an employer and get a good sense of their character.
4. Moving from Passion to Effort
Mark Cuban has a saying “follow your effort not your passion”, to the person who thinks this is an odd quote, on the surface I would agree. However, there are things people are passionate about that they suck at.
Take me for example, I love basketball. It’s my favorite game, but I am not good enough to pursue a career in the NBA, D-League, or probably the league at the local YMCA. For that reason, I don’t follow my passion, I follow my effort, which is business. Don’t get me wrong, I am passionate about business but where your passion meets your effort is probably where you’ll find the perfect fit.
5. Long-Term Planning
Some businesses aren’t set up to help you succeed in the long-term. Let’s say your current position tops out at $60,000 per year and there is no talk of raising that ceiling. You currently make $55,000; it would be in your best interest to start looking for other opportunities to break thru that $60,000 mark and press forward with your career.
You want to be in a position where you can accomplish your goals and you need enough vision to do that, which involves long-term financial planning and career growth. If you’re cool with capping at $60,000 and taking whatever ceiling increase comes down the line, that’s fine. Just always be aware of your long-term plan.
What others reasons are there to consider leaving? Send along your comments below and as always, thanks for your feedback.