21st century has created many jobs that were not envisioned in earlier times.
However, our company cultures are still defined by practices and outcomes based in industrial revolution that happened in the 19th century.
As a result, millennials (and recently also Gen Zs) are finding it hard to continue and retire in a single job, unlike their parents.
And they got plenty options to spoil themselves: Remote, Online publishing (blogs / video channels), eCommerce, just to begin with. Changing jobs come more naturally to them than their ancestors.
But very often, they don’t allow themselves enough to do so.
Changing Employers Comes with Its Own Burdens:
For every career move, there are consequences. They affect you not only physically and economically, but psychologically and socially too. Every job change doesn’t necessarily trigger a fresh start. Rather, it comes with its own burdens, responsibilities and most importantly — need to adapt.
Yes, need to adapt is the biggest friction in changing a job. New company culture and newer colleagues come with newer practices to follow, not many of them can be fully comfortable for you.
As an employee of 21st century, we face this adaptability crisis more than anyone else in our ancestry.
Hence, if we must quit our present job and join a newer one, we better have enough reasons.
#1 - How Much Respect Do You Enjoy?
In previous generation, self-respect at job was an undervalued commodity. Workplace rules were designed to protect workers from physical injuries, but not from psychological ones.
We are more sensitive now, and how we think affect our ability to control the machines. Every business nowadays runs on computers and / or smartphones. If we screw up handling those machines, faults could very easily snowball into calamities.
The state of our mental health directly affects our employers’ profitability.
How much the employers would like to admit it is beyond the scope of this article.
But we must ensure that our respect (if not esteem) that we witnessed on day # 1 is preserved every day that we contribute.
Disrespect could come from boss, a colleague or even from yourself.
If you are honest enough, you could some day hate yourself for doing things below your potential.
Disrespect at job is #1 red flag: If the amount of incoming respect decreases by any measure, it is time to pack your belongings and search somewhere else.
#2 - How Much Time Can You Give To Your Family?
I wrote about importance of balancing work with family with respect to software jobs. However it applies to every job on earth:
Programmers - Achieve Your Work-Life Balance Without A Compromise
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It’s a no brainer, but nonetheless important. Especially in times when both parents are likely to have jobs, and children at home are mostly on their own.
There can be elders to take care at home, too.
Exceptional staying at office times could always be excused. However, frequency of those exceptions have greater impact on your family’s psychological balance.
In addition to the office hours, so many people nowadays have their favorite side projects — a Youtube channels, a travelog, a side eCommerce business and so on.
Tending to those businesses in addition to your office job directly impacts your family time, unless you have found a way to collaborate with family in each of those endeavors.
When it comes to time when all family members cannot have dinner together, or marriage partners no longer have a private moments for weeks, it is a red flag.
Changing your job (or even quitting one without another one) is psychologically lot safer than sacrificing your family.
It’s not recommended to wait for a verbal spat in family to fix things. It could result into lifelong regrets if you take longer to recognize the problem.
#3 - Do Your Capabilities / Ideas Extra-Ordinarily Surpass What You are Delivering?
This one is not a turn towards safety advice, but a call to pursue an elevation route.
I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.
I already wrote about need to escape 9–5 for full time entrepreneurship. It applies when 8+ hours and contributions from you make very little impact on things at large, and your experience has little value-addition to the organization.
The article is addressed to software employees, but it applies to every 21st century worker.
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Most of every great innovations we enjoy today are attributed to entrepreneurs who abandoned the safe, 9–5 routine and hustled for a goal that made life worthwhile for themselves. And later on, for us.
Do not jump simply by measuring your skills though. If it’s already part of your day job, deliver it once. Deliver it twice. Deliver it a hundred times. Do it while you are still holding it. Feel great about it, even if your bosses don’t.
If it’s something completely unrelated, try the meat as your side project. Then quit, and make it perfect.
By all means, before you quit, convince yourself first. Raise the money if it’s really needed, but self-belief is a must.
Changing jobs for a financial well-being is a route every employee takes in his / her life time. I wrote it here:
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It’s not a must take route, though.
However, there are times when calling it “Quit” is a must.
The moment you stop growing (read learning) is the moment of death.
If you saw it carefully, all the factors listed above are exactly the things that restrict you from being your better best.
It’s high time you quit your present job when such a thing is likely to happen. It could be your best decision in life so far.