Do You Stay or Do You Go?
This is sometimes a conundrum. You see decisions being made at a higher level in your company that sit uncomfortably with you. Or you see behaviour by those in authority – that just would not be tolerated if staff at lower levels displayed the same behaviour. Sometimes if you dwell on some of these injustices it can be quite a burden on your own conscience.
But before you make a stand by doing something rash (such as leaving to ‘take a stand’), consider the following points.
There are often bigger things at play that you may not be aware of
Companies, especially large companies –are complex organisations. Whether we like it or not there are politics at play, and there is likely to be information that we are not privy to at the lower to middle levels that might be relevant to any decisions that a company may make. So while it is absolutely your right to have a view on a company decision, you may not have the complete context.
You leaving is not going to hurt the company
My late father left a job when he was in his early fifties, because he disagreed with the way management were running the organisation. He never found another fulltime job again, and died at the age of 59 with very little to his name. He was an educated, highly intelligent man whose skills and experience would have been of great benefit to any company. He applied for umpteen jobs. I remember a poignant discussion we had years later when he admitted “I would have not left that job, if I had known I would never find another role again.”
It is a heartbreaking statement that I struggle to recall without emotion. But the point is – leaving to make a stand because you disagree with something in your company, does not really hurt the company – but may hurt you. If you do wish to leave, make sure you have something else to go to first.
If you leave – the impact on the company will last about 1 day – no one is indispensable
Sometimes we like to think that our absence from our roles (if we go on vacation or leave) will be felt by the company. It will, maybe – for a day or so. But the vacuum will be filled, and very quickly. Your responsibilities will be absorbed by another or more than one person. Everyone is replaceable. No matter how good you are at your job. You leaving creates an opportunity for someone else, and someone else will step up.
Narrow your focus to what you can control
This is a cognitive shift that you can make in how you frame your views inside a company. When you are in the middle to lower levels of a large company, you know by experience that there are a myriad of policies and procedures that you need to comply with. Regardless of your personal views on company policy, what you can do is concentrate on the quality of your work, your contribution to your team, the benefits your skills bring to your team and vice versa.
In other words, focus on what you can do. You can operate inside the scope of your role in an ethical fashion and satisfy your conscience knowing that there are some things you can control, and some things you cannot. That’s the same with life in general.
You are going to find similar things in most companies – especially those in a highly competitive market
The grass is not always greener in another company. You are likely to find in any organisation things that might clash with your personal views. It is indeed a fortunate prospect to be able to align yourself with a company whose ethics mirror your own. But when that is not possible, don’t despair. Don’t be rash and most of all; let the emotion pass before you make any decisions about your future. It’s a tight job market and moving to another company is not always the solution.
DotPointz to remember when you are in a state of angst about management decisions;
There are bigger things at play in your company that you are likely not aware of – that affect management decisions
If you think leaving is going to make an impact or statement to the company – think again
You will be replaced – someone else will get the opportunity from the role you vacated
No one, absolutely no one in the work place is indispensable – so don’t think you will be missed
Try not to be focussed on things you can’t control (such as management decisions) – rather – focus on what you can control in your own role
Almost every company has their own competitive markets to operate in – and you are likely to bump up against similar experiences no matter where you go
Try not to be so quick to jump because you are unhappy with the decisions your managers are making. By all means make a rounded and well researched decision but realise that all things pass. If you focus on your particular role rather than the larger company politics, your enjoyment of the role can increase.
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