How To Survive A Job Change Nightmare So Don’t Quit Within A Year
By Donovan Grant
It’s is your worst career nightmare! A super new job change that turns out to be not what you signed up for. The nice job title and great salary were perfect, however the job itself was not so.
No doubt about it, many corporate firms face a challenge recruiting the right talent. It’s also a big challenge for corporate employees to join the right firm. Even though the interview process gives you enough chance to connect, ask questions and figure out if the company would be the right fit for you, there’s nothing like experiencing the real thing.
What did you miss?
Remarkably, the departmental managers who seemed so smart and well drilled at the interviews can turn out to be far less efficient at doing their job. And then there’s a bunch of departments with conflicting priorities competing with each other. Or even worse the serious lack of clarity about the business processes.
The first 90 days in a company like this can feel like a very long time. And you may even wonder how did you end up in such a mess!
Sometimes these situations can lead to stress. If you’ve been a corporate employee for years like me, you’ll have seen colleagues suffering work related stress. It’s easy to get caught up due to tight deadlines, too much responsibility or a lack of managerial support. Some people try and tough it out, men and women. NO wonder they call us corporate soldiers!
But when you walk into a new job and this is what you experience after the initial ‘honeymoon period’, it can become your worst nightmare.
What perspective are you taking?
But here’s the thing: what if the problem is with you and not with the new company?
What! Yes, that’s right, what if the problem is you? Think about it, what if you are measuring your new company against your old one. It could be like comparing apples to pears. Maybe in your old company you had fancy offices, pleasant tasting coffee and a friendly buzzing environment; and the new office looks tired, the coffee stinks and the people seem more at conflict than connected.
Fair enough, but what if the problem is you?
Now, this may sound challenging to you, but how about it? Maybe, this is actually your time in life to grow to the next level. But, you are holding yourself back rather than releasing yourself from the past…
You are not alone
I remember a while back, a colleague, Pam and I changed jobs about a month apart. I’d gone in as a Senior Business Analyst and she’d joined as a Project Manager. There we were eager, excited and raring to help deliver projects, yet it seemed that the other departments were not quite as fired up as we were. It seemed as though ‘delivery focused’ meant something different in this firm. Frustration couldn’t sum up the situation enough.
The stress of working in this different way got to Pam, in the end and she went off sick for a few weeks. When she returned, she handed in her resignation.
What went wrong?
The main reason why Pam and other employees like her quit is a leadership issue. Self-leadership.
When we get out of alignment with our core strengths, we get vulnerable and start reacting to situations rather than responding. Instead of enjoying the challenge, we endure the problem. Rather than growing and becoming more we stay where we are.
You and I have the power to handle all the self-leadership opportunities that come our way. We have the power to work in any environment and deliver our best stuff no matter the change in circumstances we face.
We always have a choice…
- To quit
- Or to face the challenge head on using your winning formula
What is your winning formula?
How would you handle this new job challenge if it came your way? The simple answer is to be the best you, you can be.
Here’s a simple 3-step formula to help you do this:
- Get clear on who you are personally, professionally and psychologically – who are you when you are at your absolute best? The way you think, the way you connect, the way you behave…
- Show up to work in a 10 out of 10 way – when you operate at your best, you feel better about going about the day to day routine things. You prioritise, you focus and you deliver results
- Utilise all the success habits and routines that you’ve used in the past to help yourself and others!
This formula simple and effective and probably something you already know. The problem is people don’t always do what they know. So here’s your battle cry “let’s make it happen!”
So, what's next?
Look- people like you and I change jobs every day. Some do it for money, some do it for status and some do it for more satisfaction in their life as a whole. Whatever the reason for change, you can succeed even in sub-optimal conditions. You have the power. You have the choice. You hold the key.
As the late Steven Covey stated, “there are two important circles in your life; the circle control and the circle of concern. The more you develop the circle of control, the less you have to worry about in the circle of concern.”
Be the self-leader you were born to be. And remember success starts on the inside.
Let’s make your next job change a success!
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Donovan Grant is a Master Coach who helps IT Professionals to be more powerful so they can have more productivity, progression and passion in life and career! For more training and development wisdom for IT Professionals by an IT Professional vistit www.donovangrant.com.