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Leave fear behind, explore your potential

Beginnings and endings are a part of every journey, even the professional one, and ever so often one arrives at a crossroads of a job ending and another to begin.

But how do you ever know when it is time to resign? It is difficult to put an end to work that has become routine and somewhere an intrinsic part of your life.

But movement, growth, evolution is necessary and quitting for lack of these is valid and even imperative. When then does one decide to finally quit a job?

Stagnation:The human mind is tuned for growth and when this does not occur, one feels discontent, unsatisfied, mundane and bored.

Stagnation, no room for growth or learning, no scope for improvement in the current set up are the most valid reasons to resign.

When you feel like you aren’t going anywhere and there is no opportunity or scope to do so at your current job despite talks with management, it is time to look for something new and exciting.

Stagnation takes many forms. Initially you may have learnt and grown at your job, however, now there is scope as the company and that particular job profile ends there and nothing else interests you.

To work for a larger company, an overseas opportunity or even a new role may be the reason for you to resign now. You’ve simply outgrown your job and need to move onto bigger challenges.

Stress: If you’re constantly loosing your cool and calmness evades you, if anxiety attacks are increasing, anger or mood swings rising, and nothing seems in control you may have to consider leaving the job.

Stress can and should be tackled in the first instant. However if the general stress level in the work atmosphere is high and is accepted as such, then trouble is brewing. If the management consistently enjoys unreal deadlines, high pressure and no time for repose and relaxation, you will have to consider your options. Would you like to live a life of high stress with all its perils or look for calm and better work environment?

Tackle stress, but if the management is not helping, you can not cope and it’s getting to you, walk away. Choose well being over stress for stress results in serious health problems over time. Leave if you’re unhappy and look for employers that value an employee’s well being.

No value: One would not like to work when they feel robotic, invisible and of little value to their company. Workers need to feel they are of value and importance, and when this doesn’t happen, the work is an unpleasant drudgery.

If your contributions are overlooked, no accolade or praise awarded, when reviews are purely technical and your personal special contribution is not noted, when you are not getting any return for your personal effort and zeal and no one takes heed, walk away.

There are many firms that are thriving on personal employee attention and development. This is where you should be headed.

Greener pastures: A positive reason to change, the lure of a better opportunity is often hard to resist. However, one needs to be careful as to what a better opportunity really is.

A monetary raise may not be a worthwhile reason to change jobs as we all know there are many layers of employment laws and benefits as well as employee relations and other factors you need to consider.

Leave if you’re dissatisfied and unhappy or leave if you truly see opportunity for growth and happiness.

Hence weigh your options well. Study the new work environment. Change that promises of new ventures and greater horizons is worthwhile.

Hence first check if this greater opportunity is not already available at your current job.

If not, and if the new offer truly excites you and promises higher heights of growth and success, you know what to do.

To leave behind what is known and hence comfortable is never easy. But fear should not stop you from exploring your potential and acquiring greater contentment. Stress, stagnation, lack of value or a better opportunity are all valid reasons to end a job and begin a new one.

UZMA HYDER

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