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If you plan to quit your job because of conflicts you are facing at work today, remember that these problems will reappear in the next job if you don’t take the time to at least examine what’s wrong at your current role. Leaving your current role without resolving this conflict is bound to create the same issues in your next role. So, resolve these conflicts before you leave.
When I worked at NBC, a TV company in New York City, I was extremely frustrated with my boss. I thought she hated me as she gave me meaningless work and made me work on trivial matters. I was so frustrated; I started sending out my resume to other media organisations. I even went for interviews. But I had a great mentor at NBC who advised me to have a frank discussion with my boss.
I began an open, non-confrontational dialogue with her. Things improved vastly as she had made some wrong assumptions about me. I was not only to stop a problem that persisted for a couple of months, but I ended up doing some impressive work at NBC and winning a number of awards in the process. I ended up staying and it did my career a world of good.
Staying in your role may have some practical benefits too. For example; seniority has its merits: it’s harder for an employer to let go of someone trained with deep job knowledge. That’s not to say you should stay at all costs.
I do believe that movement is good especially if it enables you to grow and be outside your comfort zone. But quit for the right reasons. Remember, most people who succeed in the face of seemingly impossible conditions are people who simply don’t know how to quit.
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.