So you find yourself working for Bosszilla and are at the point where you end up dreading the start of each workday. With tons of suggestions floating around about making it through your day at the office with said boss, you will find some very executable and effective suggestions on how to cope. BUT as you will find, they work only in the short-term. Depending on the severity of your situation, perhaps it’s time to examine what are possibly the 3 biggest indicators of when you should leave a bad situation. They are:
- The long-term view.
If all things remain the same in your workplace, how long could you stick with the job? Consider the culture of your company: What seems to be tolerated or overlooked by management and/or support staff? If you see no signs of improvement (a new boss or departmental transfer) in a timeframe that is within reason for you, then it’s time to create your exit plan.
2. Obsessing over the situation.
– If you find yourself thinking and talking about your job and boss at an increasing rate – not in a good way;
– If you find thoughts of work-related injustices repeatedly racing around in your head or if you are constantly trying to strategize how to handle the next confrontation;
3. Impact on health.
This by far is the greatest indicator of whether you should continue to work for a person or company you find intolerable. No matter how you try to suppress your stress response to your work environment, your body will start sending subtle nudges that something needs to be addressed. Not feeling too great occasionally progresses to where you find yourself regularly in your doctor’s offices. It’s time to wake up and realize that if you hang on to your job while your health is going down the tubes, you will discover your old awesome, dynamic self gradually disappearing. Make plans for a new job while your health is screaming for attention.
If, after careful consideration, you decide to leave, develop your exit strategy. Your exit strategy will consist of putting a plan in place to help you find a job:
* Updating your resume,
* Honing your interview skills,
* Taking an additional course or two to make yourself more marketable.
On average the well-prepared job hunter takes about six months to land a new position. This would be the optimum time to research best job hunting practices to gain a competitive edge since you wouldn’t want to quit your current job without a new job in place.
While gearing up for your job search, embrace the positive emotions of knowing your bad situation will be coming to a rewarding end. Be mindful and appreciative of any and all gains you made in your current job. This will also help you keep your cool at work while implementing your strategy. Above all, focus on the new job opportunity that will be coming your way. Surprisingly, positive thinking goes far by clearing the path to allow good things to happen for you.
Most important, along with your new job road map, start spending time on as many self-care activities as possible to help you heal from the negative effects you experienced at your job. Get massages, pick up your favorite hobbies, reconnect with old friends. This is so important because the situations endured at the hands of Bosszilla can have lasting effects and you want to say bye-bye to all that stress while bringing your life back to a healthy balance.