Is It Time to Move On From Your Job?

In a November 2023 Gallup Poll on employee engagement, trends in the US showed that only 33% of employees are actively engaged in their jobs.

Why does this matter? According to the study, employees who are engaged generally have a better overall well-being, less absences, and higher levels of productivity. On the flip side, it means that 67% of employees are doing work that doesn’t fulfill, inspire, or satisfy them. That number is pretty alarming.

Which category do you fall into? If it’s the latter, you may be thinking, “Is it time for me to move on and pursue something else?” This can be a hard question to consider if you’ve been with your Founder for a long time. A strong relationship between a Force Multiplier and their Founder is one that is built. Trust, knowledge, respect, appreciation, and so many other things are the foundation of these relationships—and that foundation is not cemented overnight. So, oftentimes, the decision to leave can be a difficult one. 

If you’re on the fence about your current role, here are some things to consider.

1. Do you get the Sunday Scaries?

As the weekend draws to a close, we can all feel a little sad about it—that’s normal! But, does the idea of a new work week leave you with a feeling of dread? State of panic? In a lousy mood, already looking for excuses not to go to work? If you answered “Yes” to these questions, you might want to do a deeper dive into why you are feeling this way.

Ask yourself:

  • How is your working relationship with your Founder and co-workers? Does your Founder still challenge you? Do they check in about the upcoming week and what needs to be done? 
  • What projects are you working on that inspire you and make you feel excited or accomplished?
  • Where is your mindset before you start work? Where is it when you leave?

Try answering these Accountability Questions daily for a few weeks and observe the patterns you see. Reflection is the key to evaluating what is working and what is not. Take the necessary time to see if you are still in the right place. Don’t be impulsive, but don’t be afraid to take the next steps if you feel like you have outgrown your current position. 

2. How do you feel about the work you’re doing?

When someone asks you about your job, do you get excited to talk about it? Are you proud of the work you and your Founder are accomplishing together? Is it meaningful to you? Is it meaningful to the company as a whole? Do you feel like you are being a true Force Multiplier or just keeping the status quo? 

If you are starting to feel like the work you are doing is a bit mundane, that your efforts and skills are not being appreciated like they once were, and that you are no longer being challenged, it may be time for a hard discussion. If you like your job but feel like you could bring more to the table, request a meeting. You have to advocate for yourself. Push yourself. 

If you are reading this and thinking “What’s the point? It won’t make a difference in my job duties anyway,” then it might be time to make a move, either within your current organization or out the door!

3. Where do you fall on the Goldilocks scale?

You might be scratching your head at this question, but it is the most basic, yet important, one to consider when evaluating your job. The goal is to find the “Goldilocks Zone” for your job. You can do that by asking yourself the following questions:

  • Is my job too easy? Are your current responsibilities too simple? Are you bored? Do you finish your work quickly and then busy yourself with things that aren’t productive? Do you feel like you have outgrown your current role but have nowhere to grow? 
  • Is my job too hard? Do you feel like you are constantly overwhelmed? Do your duties feel like “too much” for the level of compensation you are receiving? What is your work/life balance? Do you feel like you can take a task from beginning to end and feel confident in the end result? Are you still creating the space for your Founder to lead, create, and scale their business?
  • Is my job just right? What does this look like? I think it can look different for everyone, but I encourage you to consider these questions: Do you feel happy at work? Are you challenged in a good way—a way that helps you to be creative and strategic, while also getting the results your Founder needs? Does the work you put out fill you with pride and a sense of accomplishment? Do you see a path forward for you to grow and help your founder and the company grow? Do you feel valued?

In the end, only you can answer the question: “Is it time for me to move on?” I’d be lying if I said this answer will always come to you easily. In truth, it will usually be murky and complicated. My advice to you is just to fully commit to whatever you decide. If you stay, give it all you’ve got and create the position you want to have in your company. If you jump ship, be grateful for the experience you had and ready to conquer the next.

If I can leave you with one final piece of advice it’s this: if you decide to leave, do it on good terms. Relationships are everything in life and you never know what the future holds for you. Don’t burn bridges, even if you feel like a job burned you.

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