You’ve been in your role for a while – You think you’re ready to move on. You’ve enjoyed the role, but lately the challenge is gone. Is it time to leave or is there something more you can do to reignite the fire?
Reflect on your role
We’re often so busy ‘doing’, that we don’t often take the time to reflect on our role. Whether you decide to stay or go, it’s worth taking the time to consider where you’re at - What’s going well, where are your roadblocks? What do you think you’ve really nailed, and what skills would you like to learn or utilize more? What do you love most about your role and what would you like to change? Thinking about these things will help you clarify the issues and remind you of why you took the role in the first place. You will also be clearer on what you are looking for going forward and whether your current role could be adapted to give you more of what you want.
Keep a Growth Mindset
Remember that roles are not static – they continually evolve. This means you can continue to cultivate and develop your talents. Learning requires a growth mindset. Focus on what more you can learn in your role and think about how you can tap into others to learn new skills. Challenge yourself to access opportunities that will help you continue to grow, even if that means taking a different focus in the future. While it’s important that your employer makes opportunities available, the extent to which you grow depends largely on you.
Connect with Your Manager
Deny the temptation to disengage and ‘just put in time’. Instead, connect with your manager and share with them how you are feeling and what’s important to you. Managers are busy too, so be proactive about talking to her. Taking the initiative, will be seen as a real positive.
Prepare before you meet with your manager. Set out the reasons for the meeting and explain what you would like to achieve. During the conversation, invite honest feedback and listen carefully to what your manager has to say. Remember to keep an expectation that you will continue to have a connection with your Manager, even if you decide to leave your current employer.
Invest in building relationships
Whatever your ultimate decision, make sure that you put relationship building first. Your manager and co-workers are not all good or all bad. There are things that you can learn from them and things they can learn from you. Remaining connected is probably the most important thing you can do to advance your career. In our networked society it is likely that you will cross paths with your current manager and co-workers in the future. Placing a priority on investing in relationships will also pave the way for your future career.
Ultimately, the decision to stay or leave is yours. Make sure that you consider all the angles before you throw in the towel. With a little effort, you may be able to get your employer to make some important changes to your role. Remember though, that real change often happens much closer to home. Ask yourself, what you can do to create the experience at work that you are after!