As former managers, here are some things we learned that we want to pass on to you before you decide to walk away from your job.
- As much as possible, be aligned with the company values. Yes, performance is important but so is knowing the company values. Get in and stay in alignment.
- Don’t be detached from the team or manager, be and stay engaged.
- Some managers are afraid to address issues proactively. Be proactive and bring issues tactfully to your manager to get them resolved fast.
- Some managers are not very approachable. That’s life. Approach them anyway.
- If you know you’re not a fit for the position you are filling, face the facts. Talk to your manager. Get on with life somewhere else. The sooner, the better.
- You may never get asked about how satisfied you are as an employee. Many managers don’t care enough to know. Whether you’re a satisfied or dissatisfied employee, communicate your feelings with to your manager. If you’re not being asked if you’re satisfied, most likely they’re afraid to ask.
- Be clear about your departure plans. Make certain to keep communication open, so you don’t cause any trouble for you or your to be former employer. You never know when that relationship will be useful in your future.
- If you’re taught life lessons, let them sink in.
- If possible, before you leave, leave behind some notes for your successor so they can do their job more efficiently faster. They will appreciate you, remember you, and so will the manager.
- If you’re a senior or key employee and plan to leave, give your employer as much notice as possible. Even if it’s months in advance, be comfortable and open about your career plans so you won’t fear retribution from your manager or employer.
- Although teamwork and collaboration are key performance factors, never underestimate the value of being the single individual who makes the biggest difference in the company culture.
- Don’t burn bridges. It’s especially important if you’re early in your career to be graceful in your transition from one job to another. People talk. People know people. You may have to cross back over this bridge one day.
- Even if the job you have may not be your ideal job, have a passion for what you are doing. Passion and enthusiasm aren’t always easy to maintain. If your energy gets too low because you’re waiting for something better, you’ll forget. Practice keeping your energy up. Set reminders on your phone if you have to.
- Be a happy employee. Employers know that a happy employee is the best employees. If there is something you want that will make you happier, ask. You’ll most likely get it.
- If there is something in your life that you really, really want to do and your job is in the way, make it known and go do it. Employees come and go, and an employer should know that turnover is a fact of life.
Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined. ~ Johnny Carson
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Domenic Certa is the co-author of the soon to be #1 bestselling book, Manager Hacker and the founder of the Self-Achievement System, one of the internet’s best DIY personal and professional development systems, serving people across the globe. His book is currently being translated into 6 languages and will soon be available in more than 150 countries.
Domenic has managed hundreds of people and helped gross millions in revenue for clients like Apple, General Motors, AT&T, Vodafone Wireless, BMW, Heineken and HSBC Bank over the past 15 years. As a senior facilitator for the ISA Experience, Domenic has coached thousands of people in their personal and professional growth.
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