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Planning To 'Wait It Out' In Your Job?



As you may know, I am a professional Career Coach. I help professionals find meaningful employment for a living. But coaching during a pandemic has been a huge learning experience for me. Apart from the fact that I’ve transitioned completely online, I’ve also been listening to the stories of dissatisfied professionals from all over North America, and paying close attention to some common themes.

One theme in particular that I’d like to focus on is this:

Workplace stressors that existed before the pandemic have now intensified because of the pandemic.

What does that look like in real life? Here are some common examples:

  • Conflict and communication problems with your boss and team have gotten worse since going online

  • You are expected to accomplish more in your job without getting a pay increase

  • You feel unsupported, unappreciated, and out of touch with your team of coworkers

  • You feel stressed out and burnt out, with little motivation to spare

And the list goes on…


Yet, in response to these stressors, many of the professionals I’ve talked to are sitting tight instead of leaving their jobs. For them, job security and financial stability are paramount, so they intend to ‘wait it out’ until the pandemic job market gets better.


THE RISKS OF WAITING THINGS OUT


If this scenario describes you, then I applaud you for holding on this long. It has been a tough year and you need to decide for yourself when it feels safe to leave your job.


However, I also want to highlight the risks involved in waiting things out, if that’s what you intend to do.


In my experience, most people who want to leave their jobs do not plan an exit strategy well in advance. They do not make preparations beforehand. As a result, all the stress of preparing for a job search gets piled on top of the stress of executing a job search! And that just makes their burnout worse.


So is there a better alternative to ‘waiting it out’? Yes, there is.


PLAN YOUR EXIT STRATEGY


What’s needed is a transition plan so that when the time comes to exit your current job, you will be able to hit the ground running, instead of just hitting the ground! (sorry for the painful metaphor :) Anyway, what might this solution look like for you? Among other things, being job search ready means: