Most of the articles we’ve shared here have been management-centric, but regardless of position, everyone is ultimately managed by someone else. And in most every position there comes a time when the writing is on the wall- it might be time to dust off the resume and head for greener pastures.
So when might it be time to leave? If you’re lucky, you don’t work for a boss as obviously evil and tyrannical as Mr. Burns from The Simpsons. So how can you tell if it’s time to set sail for somewhere else?
Management Solves Problems By ‘Putting A Hat On It.’
The tension throughout the office is intense. Co-workers constantly snap and snipe at each other. Whatever ‘code of conduct’ that upper management makes everyone sign is rarely followed or thought about. How does management try to solve this issue? By putting a hat on it! ‘Let’s wear crazy hats and do potlucks and ice breakers!’ This type of thinking shines a spotlight on the organization’s inability to do anything constructive to really tackle an issue and can be a good sign that it’s time to find something new.
Insincere Rewards and Recognition
Sure, it might be fun to get a nice reward for a job well done, but is it a sincere reward? Was it handed out with little fanfare by someone who makes it clear that this reward is something that corporate required be handed out to someone and so, ‘here you go.’? This can be a sure sign that the organization doesn’t really value your work and feels obligated to give you something because ‘that’s what everyone does.’ Thus the recognition backfires and shows you that it’s a good time to get out.