Should I Leave My Job? Pt. 1

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Sometimes I was frustrated with my job. Low pay, long hours and a horrible boss that was pushing me to the brink of collapse. I started wondering if I should quit.

You also may be at a point in life where you are thinking, “Maybe I too should quit and move on.” But are you sure quitting is the best option? Sometimes, it may be better to stay on and grow. So how do we know when is the right time for us to quit a job or move on? Let’s read what Roshan Thiran advice.

Should I quit my job

Two-year rule

When you ask, “Should I quit my job” The first question back would be, “Have you served at least two years in this current role?” Ideally, it would be three years.

The two year rule is rationale on it taking at least six months before you understand the new culture, process and be able to make sense of the company. The it will take you at least another six months where to start identifying areas where you can improve and drive change.

It will take another six months before you start to execute, making changes and an impact. And you need another six months to see the results of your execution and to see if the changes you implemented worked and to rework it if necessary.

According to research by Anders Ericson, you will learn your job and be extremely competent after 10,000 hours. Based on 12 hour work day, you will hit 10,000 hours of work after you spend three years in a role.

So, if you want to maximise your learning, spend three years in a role. At a minimum, two years. If you have at least served that long, it’s fair to ask “Should I quit my job?” and consider quitting where there is a trigger for that thought.

But there are some exceptions to the rule. My old boss got a dream job he craved and quit our company and moved to this new company. Within three months, his dream job turned out to be a nightmare. Instead of slogging on for another two years, he immediately quit.

If you find yourself marginalised, or you dread the work, cut the loss and move on. Your job should bring  out your passion and should not be dreary and energy-sapping. But I never recommend leaving a job before two years unless you are extremely clear this role or company is not for you.

When you have feelings of restlessness and discontent you may believe that is a sign to move on and quit. But don’t bail at the first glimmer of dissatisfaction. Just as you should not quit you your marriage after spat with your husband and start dating again, likewise, it should be the same with your job.

Roshan Thiran is CEO of Leaderonomics, a social enterprise. He believes there is a time for everything, include quitting. Roshan laments the fact that most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They give up at the last minute of the game, one shot away from a winning goal.

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