When is it time to move on?


Making a decision to quit your job can be a difficult one, especially if you have been in your current job for a certain amount of time. There may be an emotional attachment to colleagues, the work environment and the role itself. While job loyalty is looked upon positively, don’t let it hinder your career advancement prospects.

Take a look at this checklist to ascertain whether it’s time for you to start moving on:


There are no career prospects

The number one reason why professionals tell us they consider moving to a new role is a lack of career progression. If you've held the same position since you started or haven't been promoted recently, it may be because there is a lack of career planning for you as an employee. Bosses value diligence and good work performance but these are not always rewarded with the opportunity to progress in your career.

Action Plan: Before you make the leap, talk to your supervisor to see whether there are any opportunities for you to be promoted in the future. If no career advancement plans are put in place and nothing changes, it’s a clear sign that you should find another organisation that values you.

You can't muster any passion

There is a difference between feeling no passion for your work on a cold and dreary Monday and finding it hard to be enthusiastic about your job on a regular basis. When every workday blends into another and you spend your time daydreaming about what you will do the moment you leave the office, something is clearly wrong.

Action Plan: Write down five things you like about your job and five things you don’t like. See if you can take on more responsibility in the areas where you enjoy your work or if you can take some training to help you in the areas you find challenging. If you can’t find five things you enjoy about your job, it could be time to leave!

If your boss is unable to motivate, inspire and lead you and your colleagues, it creates a negative work environment and you’re likely to find yourself without direction.

Poor leadership

As a conscientious professional, you can only go so far with mediocre leadership. If your boss is unable to motivate, inspire and lead you and your colleagues, it creates a negative work environment and you’re likely to find yourself without direction. Large-scale projects may become a nightmare without strong leadership to guide teams and ensure the right work processes are in place.

Action Plan: Approach your boss and ask him or her if you can be given clearer direction about your work. Frame the conversation in a constructive way so that he or she doesn’t feel attacked but can work to improve your workplace experience.

Negative work environment

Every office comes with its own set of office politics. However, whether you've been successful in navigating them or not, a negative work environment can be very draining. 

Action Plan: Only you can decide whether you want to talk to your boss or your HR department about what you find difficult about the office politics or move somewhere else. If you decide to talk to your boss or HR department, provide specific examples of occasions when the atmosphere has affected your work.

Mismatch with your career goals

It may have seemed like the right opportunity at the time, but you may simply have outgrown the role you are in at the moment. Most professionals aspire toward bigger and better goals. If your current position is not conducive for attaining your career aspirations, a change is likely in order.

If you feel that you would like a change of environment or need to progress to the next step of your career, contact our specialist recruitment consultants at bangkok@robertwalters.com or call +66 (0) 2344 4800


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