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How to Not Overstay In Your Current Job

How to Not Overstay In Your Current Job

Your current job may be the best in the world, or so it seems to you. Nevertheless, after some time many jobs become redundant and too predictable. Without challenges, your intellectual growth stalls, which is not at all desirable. That said, it is important that you know when to move on before you get too comfortable in your current job. This post will talk about that.

Read the signs

Do you feel no motivation at all to go to work? Have you experienced a increasing frustration when sitting to do office work? Do you feel there is no value attached to what you do? These may be the first signs that you should start thinking about letting go of your current employment and moving on to a new one.

However, only employees who do self-introspection and continuous self-assessment are able to tell when their job stops aligning with their long-term goals. If these two are not aligned, it’s either time to talk to your manager, or simply make the switch.

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Employees who do not reflect on a regular basis in which direction their career is going are at risk of running out of steam, feeling tired and leaving very soon. These professionals do not even realize that they are unhappy about their work until either someone points it out to them or they face an unpleasant incident at work.

Even when they do recognize the futility of their stay at their current workplace, they find it hard to make the change. They will either simply gripe about the whole situation or pretend nothing is wrong at all. That is a grueling situation to be in.

 How to move on

Moving on in life is the hardest thing to do, whether it is in relationships or in jobs. In the professional arena particularly, it is tough to say goodbye to people you have known for a long time and an environment you have become comfortable in. So how do you go about achieving this tough objective?

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Start preparing for war

Preparation is the key to feeling confident and positive in life. The more prepared you are the better you will feel about yourself. Those who constantly upgrade themselves with the latest skills feel less threatened and insecure when it comes to changing jobs. They know that they are always at the top of their game and this boosts their confidence.

If you have made up your mind about finding a new job for yourself, do not waste a single moment.  From the time you make up your mind till the time you find a new job, every moment should be spent wisely towards the pursuit of this objective.

Prepare as if you have to fight a war, for once you start giving to interviews you will find yourself in a battlefield with recruiters shooting questions from all around. Read as much as you can, gain new skills, and find voluntary work to practice those skills. Attend industry seminars, network with professionals outside your company and spread the word to them that you are looking.

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Do not negotiate

Once your manager gets the hint that you are looking, he will try to negotiate with you. He/she might suddenly realize your importance to the company, to the team and to him/her as an individual.

If you are really fed up at your current office, even a pay raise cannot help you regain that enthusiasm for long. Therefore, if you start negotiating with the manager your terms needed to stay, most likely you will be setting up yourself for a trap—staying longer at a job you don’t love. It’s alright to be firm while rejecting negotiating. Your biggest responsibility is yourself, and everybody, even your manager knows it.

Make the jump but don’t burn bridges

All said and done, once you get selected for a job at a different company, it’s time to take a pause and revel in the success of your hard work. You had been waiting for this moment for a long time.

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As you finally leave the current job for a new one, it’s time to say goodbye to your current employer, manager and teammates on good terms. However, always remember to never burn bridges with your now former employer as this will not reflect well on you as a person or as an employee. The world is a small place and you never know where and under what circumstances you might bump into your former manager or boss.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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