A question one of my Leadership Tip followers asked me was this: How do you know it’s time to move on from your current employer to another employer?
Giving my high-level response, I explained that it’s time to move on when you feel:
- It’s no longer fun.
- You are no longer appreciated.
- Your contribution is no longer appreciated.
- The sacrifice you make is no longer worth it.
- Your values are no longer in alignment with the organization’s values.
- The “squeeze” isn’t worth the juice you are getting (thank you HH).
(No doubt, you might know a few more signs of when to move on, so please send them my way).
Proactively recognize why people will “move on” and “move away” from you, then be certain the work environment you’re creating is one in which everyone wants to be part.
To start your assessment, ask these questions about the work environment you’ve created:
- What is one fresh idea to instill more fun into our organization? Name it, then do it.
- What are new ways I can show appreciation to my team members for their effort, their contribution, and/or their sacrifice? Name them, then do them.
- What is one additional action I can take that is certain to minimize turnover? Name it, then do it.
- What are examples of possible misalignment with values we need to guard against? Name them.
Employee turnover is both disruptive and costly. It can also be disappointing and demotivating to you and the rest of the team. Therefore, do what you can to avoid it and not be the cause of it.