POSSIBLE REASONS FOR LEAVING A CURRENT JOB
Your alarm clock goes off and jerks you out of your deep slumber. You look and finally realize it is only 5:00AM. You reach over and give the clock a slap on the top, hoping you were accurate enough to not screw up the snooze alarm. In less than a minute you drift away and are back in the arms of that lovely dream girl, right where you left off.
Ten more minutes go by and the screaming clang of the alarm shocks you back into reality once again. You slap the clock one more time only now you know you had better be careful because it is after 5:00 AM and you have to be to work by 6:00 AM. You lay there for a few more minutes, eyes closed, mind drifting, body walking to the bathroom, in your thoughts that is.
Once again the screeching of the alarm clock startles you. This time you sit up on the edge of the bed and stare at the face of the clock in disbelief. 5:20AM? How did that happen? You jump up, run through the shower, shake a toothbrush around in your mouth for a minute, rake a comb through your long disheveled hair and slap on the same clothes you had on yesterday. Let’s roll, time to get going!
Off to work you go. You know what the day will bring. You’ll punch in, on time, run to the john to finish getting squared away, and finally end up at your workstation. This will be the same place you have stood for the last three years. You will do the same thing today that you have done for the past three years. Your mind will drift and even leave your body but you will stand there and do what you are being paid to do. You have a job!
At the end of the day you will pull yourself away from the hypnotic stance you have been in for eight hours, head for the time clock and free yourself from your grind. You do this five days a week and finally pick up what you have been waiting for all week, your paycheck. Meager as you may think it to be, it is yours and it is money.
Not a very pretty scene but not one to make you quit your job either. Even in today’s questionable economy one could still find reason to leave their current position and seek another. When the economy fluctuates as much as it has recently though, we all must be cautious about leaving anything behind, unless we already have something else to go to.
There are several reasons that could cause someone to look elsewhere even if they already have a decent paying job;
5) SCREAMING BOSS: Do you have one of those bosses today who just doesn’t seem to be able to say anything without screaming it. There are many supervisors and managers who simply do not have any bedside manner; they just cannot deal with people. You wonder how they got to where they are. If your boss is one of those who seems to never appreciate any extra effort on your part then he, or she, may be a very good reason for you to seek employment elsewhere.
4) CLOSER TO HOME: The distance you have to drive to work is very important, especially today. With gas prices hitting and surpassing $3 a gallon and teasing the $4 a gallon mark, you would do well to work just as close to home as possible. I am in a position where I don’t really like my boss and I believe I am underpaid; yet I am only 5 miles from work. The alternative could be as much as 60 or 70 miles, one way. Simply do the math. Fifty miles one way to work equals 500 miles in a normal five-day workweek. At 20 miles per gallon that comes to 25 gallons of gas a week. At $3 a gallon that means $75 a week, on gas alone. Ten miles one way to work equals 100 miles a week, five gallons and $20 a week on gas. That is a difference of $80 a week. That is the same as a $2 an hour increase in pay. That should be worth changing jobs to get one closer to home.
3) PROMOTION: If a new job would move you up the ladder, even if the pay doesn’t move a whole lot, it could be worth it. Many times a company provides different benefits for different positions and sometimes even bonuses. Ultimately, your new position could lead to an increase in pay as well. If you think you are able to handle the new responsibilities and possibly authority, I would say go for it. A promotion would be a good reason to leave a current job in an unstable economy.
2) BETTER BENEFITS: If you know for a fact that the benefits are much better at a new job then you would be doing yourself a favor to take a closer look. Our government estimates that the average cost of benefits for an average company is 43% of the annual wage of that employee. To enjoy a better match on a 401K, for instance, could mean tens of thousands of dollars over the life of that plan. Three more paid holidays will convert directly into three days of extra wages every year. Better insurance with a lower co-pay and a smaller deductible could mean a big difference, if you encounter any significant health issues at all. Benefits are a primary factor when deciding to change jobs.
1) MORE PAY: The points we have talked about so far are indeed, major factors to consider, if thinking about a new job. Still, the number one consideration has to be your payday. It may sound materialistic but a major increase in your annual wage can mean a lot when it comes to comfort and peace of mind. Of course all the other factors must be considered as well. It does no good to get a $75 per week increase if you have to drive enough extra miles to get to the new job that the price of gas will absorb your entire increase. Everything must be considered simultaneously; peace of mind, miles to work, promotion, benefits, wages, the whole package.
The most important consideration must be stability of the new job, compared to your current one. It is better to have a job that you don’t necessarily love than it is to not have a job of any kind. Think very thoroughly about any move before you do it. Who knows what is in store for our up and down economy today.