Think before quitting

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It is almost becoming fashionable to change jobs every two to three years. However, there is an inherent danger in continuously changing jobs during the course of your career.

Every employer is increasingly looking out for stability, reliability and consistency, so hiring employees who are always on the move, is becoming unattractive. This explains why questions such as the following are now more common during interviews:

  • Why do you want to leave your current job?
  • What are your career goals?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?

Employees are quitting their jobs for a number of reasons, including low pay, poor working environment, lack of career progress, high level of demands at work, taking career breaks, poor working relationship and family considerations.

These reasons and many others, although justified, do not imply you should change your job. Changing a job has far-reaching consequences than it might seem on the surface, so you have got to take your time in order to make the right decision for your career.

Each workplace has its own challenges, so changing jobs does not guarantee a better quality of work life. It is more important to begin working towards negotiating with your employer in order to ensure that the working conditions improve, to become more favorable to you.

It is also possible that your own behaviour is partly to blame so you need to make a self reflection as well. Otherwise, you might end up with the same challenges in your new workplace, should you chose to move. Reasons why you should think twice before quitting your current job:

  • Being shunned by employers who need stability
  • Losing valuable networks
  • Getting bad reference
  • Stalling your career progress
  • Reducing your credibility
  • Missing out on what you have created
  • Things might change

There are, of course, conditions that may force you to leave your current job and this should be done after a careful thought. The reasons that might force you to leave could be a better offer, illness, education and change in career plan, among others.

It is also good to seek advice from your trusted colleagues and family. You need not change your job just because you are annoyed with your supervisor over a one-off incident or there is an opportunity to make more money.

Job satisfaction is much more than money since the new salary will soon become an old one and its value will not bring the same level of satisfaction anymore.

Financial discipline is always important, irrespective of your level of earnings, probably that is what you need at this time. Staying in your job for a longer time has a double benefit to you and your employer.

By Douglas Opio
The writer is the executive director,
Federation of Uganda Employers

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