Millennials: Pay Attention
Are you thinking about quitting your job for the wrong reason(s)?
This is your 1st or 2nd REAL job, so you don’t have a lot of experience in your chosen field, and haven’t had enough experience to determine what workplace cultures are out there.
How can you know if your current (and not exactly what you thought you wanted or expected) workplace is really as “bad” as you think?
What do you have for comparison?
Have social media and your peers led you to believe that work & workplaces are “cool,” provide awesome collaboration, regular positive feedback, and the chance to pursue all of your great ideas you suggested?
With my over 50+ years in staffing I can attest: the above is a fantasy!
Let us, with our experience, help you determine a good job & workplace—versus what is NOT.
Can you answer “yes” to the following?
- Are you being trained to do real work vs. busy work that has little to do with the job you THOUGHT you’d be doing?
- Are you being given projects that will help you develop real-world skills in your chosen field—and will help you build towards a career path?
- Is your employer paying you the prevailing wage and offering a competitive benefits package?
- Does your boss take the time to mentor & develop you—and offers feedback, answers your questions, and gives you their time when you ask?
- Are you treated respectfully and included by your boss and other staff?
- Are there reasonable rules, structures, and protocols in your workplace to help you build an understanding of commitment—and expectations?
- Are you offered learning materials, seminars, & trainings to help you learn and grow?
Keep the above in mind as you read the following, which might indicate a more “negative” environment:
- You’re assigned everyone else’s “junk” work, and little or nothing related to your career path and development.
- Staff members share their negativity about the workplace, boss, other employees, and want you to join the “negative” team.
- Staff members don’t trust each other and are unwilling to share ideas or collaborate.
- Your boss/manager, or other staff members, “show you how to do stuff when it’s needed” but don’t actually “train” you.
- Your manager consistently puts you off when you ask questions or for projects, and is unwilling to spend any time with you.
- You discover the pay and benefits that were promised are not what you discovered—and you have no PTO available until you have been employed for a year.
- You are not a manager-level employee, yet are a salaried employee, so you don’t get paid for overtime—or are asked to work “off the clock.”
Listen—no workplace is perfect. Not every organization is set up to offer maximum flexible hours, the ability to work from home, have free meals, etc. Yes, some flexibility is necessary in life—emergencies, pre-planned vacations, important doctor appointments, and other “stuff” that pops up. However, be reasonable with your expectations.
If the majority of the time, you’d answer “yes” to the earlier questions: Understand that some perks (or needs) like more collaboration or frequent feedback—are not your company’s culture—but you’re learning and growing your skills. Give it a year—then revisit.
However, if your workplace sounds like the negative statements above, then you likely will not have any benefit in staying—except to not “ruin” your resume. We can help you overcome the “resume” issues. We can be your career coaches!
I hope this helps.
Questions? Call us!