Monday, August 25, 2008

Farewell My Friend

This morning I received an shocking email from Pak E, saying goodbye to everyone in the office. He is leaving to other company. All I can say is farewell to you too Pak, hopefully we still in contact. May God bless you & your family too.

Without considering any particular reason why Pak E decided to leave, do you ever think to leave behind your recent job? I do!!!

I am boring now...I should leave this job A.S.A.P.
Should I make a table containing positive impat & negatif impact of my future decision, and afterwards trying to make decision base on that tabel? By doing this I hope I will have a right decision. Is this the right time for me to leave? 

Here are some tips to decide:

When is it time to move on? ............taken from

A friend of mine is contemplating whether she should start looking for a different job. She wonders if now is the right time to move on? She is second guessing herself about whether her uneasiness is real, valid, or perhaps premature.

This is a tough decision, particularly if you have a family to support and a need for security. But here's the thing:

1. We all have bad days and maybe even a day week. Perhaps a bad month. But when you are feeling uninspired and unengaged for a period of time, your mind and heart have already decided. It is just up to you to recognize this and act on it.

2. Acting on your need for a change might mean taking another job within your current company or seeking a position with another company. In my friend's case, she has nowhere to go internally, so she will begin her search for a job with another company.

3. It is important to differentiate the need to move on from a false view that the grass is greener somewhere else.

Need to move on:
You do not feel like you are growing.
You do not see that this will change in the near future.
You do not feel that you work is challenging.
You have interests that cannot be explored with your current work.
You want to make a career change.

Grass is greener:
If you leave, you would seek the same job at a different company.
Your complaints and frustrations are pretty common. You have felt the same way at other companies.
You are drawn to an idealistic picture of a different company. If your desire to move is more about the company than the work, I would urge caution.
You have been in your position less than two years.

My friend has been at her job several years, she is no longer learning or growing, and there are no major projects or initiatives that excite her coming down the pike. It is time for her to move on.

If you have a an OK (albeit unfulfilling) job and you have determined that it is time to move on, you owe it to yourself to be picky and completely honest. When we NEED a particular job we might fail to scrutinize the company and the position. We focus on getting an offer and are thrilled to accept it. But when you are proactively moving on, you need to ensure that you are looking out for your interests and needs.
What are you really looking for? What kind of work flips your trigger? Do you want to manage programs or people or both?
What kind of organization would you most enjoy? Do you like big and competitive companies or smaller and more laid back companies?
What kind of boss best suits your style?

Ask yourself the questions that will help you narrow your search. Clarify in your mind why it is time for you to move on and be at peace with your decision.

One more thing. We have all heard of short-timers, right? That's what happens when we give notice or are actively looking for a job. Our brain suffers from premature disengagement. Our heads are only half in the game. You can't help it, you will experience some short-timers. A technique I have used that has helped has been to resolve to leave my job in the best and most classy way possible. Get focused on tieing up loose ends and leaving the department in better shape than when you inherited it. This is stuff you should be doing anyway.

At one job, I told my manager, the VP of HR, that I was going to begin looking for another job so that he could begin looking for my replacement. I knew that it would take longer than two weeks to find someone and wanted to help the company train the new person. I know this approach carries risk, but I had a very open relationship and it ended up working out beautifully. I was upfront about the interviews I was taking and kept him abreast of my job search the whole way. What a relief it was not to have to sneak around and request vacation days to interview! I don't recommend that for everyone, it is just a thought. The added bonus to this approach is that once I decided it was time to move on, sharing this with my then manager cemented the decision - no going back! This is good, because we often compromise and settle for what's comfortable and safe (ironically, it is often less comfortable and more risky to stay).

How do you know when it is time to move on?

I have been working for myself, part-time or full-time, for some time now and have thought about whether I would ever want another full-time position. The answer is, it depends. I have resolved to ONLY consider positions that are amazing and that would seriously flip my trigger. It is not so much about money (but money is good), as it is about challenge. I am so at peace with this decision, too. There might be a few ups and downs and maybe even some lean times every now and then. I would much rather endure this than consider a job that does not thrill me.

Signs that it May Be Time to Leave Your Job
By uncgrad, published Dec 28, 2006....taken from

At my last job, several things continually happened that led me to decide it was time to quit. One or more of these things probably happen quite frequently in the workplace. But if you find that a large number of these red flags happen it may be time for you to move on, too. Don't be hasty - at least voice your concerns. But if things continue despite your persistent efforts to have situations corrected, the situations are never going to get better and will most likely worsen in some ways.

1. Your workload doubles and your pay remains the same. This is a common gripe, but if you were slightly underpaid to begin with, is it worth it? If your extra work includes tasks that should be done by your supervisor/manager, you are definitely underpaid.

2. You find yourself continually working overtime with no days off for weeks at a time. Regardless of whether you get overtime pay, the stress caused by this may not be worth it. If you're losing sleep and/or weight, and generally feel like crap all the time, you need at least 1 day off a week.

3. Other departments that work closely with yours make major mistakes quite often that consequently make your job a living hell. Especially if these mistakes cause you and others in your department to miss deadlines for projects, or if the instructions for your project or task are given to you incorrectly, your job won't be enjoyable. You'll know it wasn't your fault that something was late or done completely wrong, because it's the other department's job to give you correct info and instructions, but this knowledge won't necessarily lessen your stress.

4. People higher up than you instruct you to do things that go against company policy. This is definitely an ethical concern if you do not like breaking policy. It is an even bigger concern if your action would break policy. Even if a higher up instructed you to do so, you may initially be nailed for it because you completed the task.
There are a lot of other little things that can make a job less enjoyable, such as a manager having no idea what they are doing or a manager who does nothing while everyone works. These are things most people could learn to ignore. But these things individually won't necessarily warrant quitting. If everything mentioned above does occur, and nothing is ever changed despite your continued efforts, it may be time to reevaluate how important your job is to you.


12 Signs it is REALLY Time to Leave Your Job
by ...taken from

If you're not thrilled with your present job, you're not alone. In fact, you're in the majority. A survey in Quality Digest magazine of 5,000 U.S. households found that fewer than half of all Americans are satisfied with their jobs.

"The level of job satisfaction has been steadily on the decline since reaching nearly 59 percent in 1995," says Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board's Consumer Research Center. "As technology transforms the workplace--accelerating the pace of activities, increasing expectations and productivity demands, and blurring the lines between work and play--workers are steadily growing more unhappy with their jobs."

Juggling work, family and finances is a challenge we all face ... but when is enough, enough?

So how do you know when your level of unhappiness has reached the point of no return and you're better of leaving your job than sticking it out? While there's no tried-and-true formula to know for sure, if you notice any of the 12 signs below, it could be a very good indication that it's time to leave your job.

You're getting sick. Stress-related illness like migraines, insomnia, depression, anxiety or frequent infections or other illnesses are all signs that your job worries are taking a toll on your physical health. If your health is suffering physically, mentally or both, your job may not be worth it.

Your values aren't met. Maybe your company provides products you don't believe in or exaggerates their quality to customers. Or, your company's vision is out of sync with your own. Whatever the reason, if your ethics are being violated at work you'll have a hard time feeling fulfilled with your career.

You're not challenged. You'd like the chance to use your public relations/management/sales or (you fill in the blank) skills, but you're stuck doing busy work all day. A job that is not challenging you and allowing you to use the skills you've developed may be a hindrance in the long-term.

If you feel you're being marginalized by your boss, it may be time to look for other work options.

No room for advancement. If your company's workforce is stagnant, it means that your career won't be able to advance. An environment that offers no room for you to move up or take on more responsibility, no promotions and no rewards is not a good place to be in for long.

You feel belittled. Your manager is condescending and no one asks you your opinion. You don't get to sit in on important meetings and you feel your work doesn't make much of a difference. If this sounds like your job, it may be time to consider other options.

Your friends notice something's wrong. If the people close to you start noticing that you're "not the same person you used to be" or are often concerned that something is bothering you, it's a major sign that your work is making you unhappy--to the point that your mood and health are suffering (see #1 above).

The company is in trouble. It's important to work in a stable, reputable environment. A company that is constantly reorganizing, downsizing or changing leadership may not be a good long-term choice. The same goes for a company that provides no rules and procedures to protect employees (or provides them but they're not followed).

When you're so unhappy with your work that your health starts to suffer, it's probably time to find a new job.

Your relationship with your boss/coworkers has been damaged beyond repair. Many disagreements can be resolved, but if, for whatever reason, your relationship with your boss and/or coworkers has been irreparably damaged, it may be time to bail.

You dread going to work every day. This is a sign that your job is not meeting your needs--financially, ethically or motivationally--and life's too short to spend it being miserable.

Family circumstances. A change in your personal life (marriage, having children, etc.) may make it necessary to find a new job because of location, finances or a need to spend more time at home.

It's an emotionally abusive environment. A work environment that's violent, is led by abusive management, and offers no route to solve grievances is an emotionally abusive one. This type of atmosphere could lead to physical and mental suffering on your end.

A better opportunity comes along. There may come a point in your career when a new opportunity presents itself. At this point, make a list weighing the pros and cons of each position, and if the new job comes out on top, don't be afraid to make the switch.

You've Decided to Quit ... Now What?

If you think quitting your job is the right decision, going through this checklist (before making any real decisions) is a good idea:

Discuss your thoughts about quitting with your spouse and family (it will affect them too.)

Think about all your options. Can your current job situation be improved by talking to a manager? If not, have you researched other career options or companies that you'd like to explore?

Figure out if you can afford to quit financially. If not, try to line up a new job (even a temporary one) before you leave, or, at the very least, start sending your resume out to potential employers.

If necessary, reduce your living expenses to save money before (and after) you quit.

Whatever decision you make, try to stay positive about it. It will make it easier to find a new job or improve the one you're already in.


Juliana Dewi Kartikawati said...

My husband has just resigned from his former job to join another company. Ditawari gaji dan fasilitas lebih, So why not? TApi bukan karena itu saja sih, di perusahaan yang lama dia banyak lihat penyimpangan2 dan kebijakan yang bertentangan dengan hati nurani. Hijrah demi kebaikan dan masa depan yang lebih cerah. Happy blogging!!

Prihandoko said...

I love this :"Hijarah demi kebaikan dan masa depan yang lebih cerah"..Amin mbak!!! Sometimes, it's so easy for someone to decide while others can not. Or should it be assumed as an easy thing? So many motivator told me to do so...but still it's hard for me to decide. See..the nature of construction job is somewhere out there where you can not gather your family with,... while this job is the only thing I know..

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