Most workers cannot wait for the weekend; TGIF. The thought of returning to work on Monday is stomach-turning, finishing that report for Tuesday is vomit-inducing, and that Thursday morning meeting screams of head-pounding boredom.
However, the ultimate goal of any job seeker, or gainfully-employed worker for that matter, should be to actually enjoy doing what they do. This does not necessarily mean you have to have the high-paying dream job you’ve always wanted, but it may mean either adjusting your attitude to, at least, accept your current situation and make it as pleasant as possible…or take off.
Challenger experts estimate that 25 percent of all workers regret taking their new positions. One-fourth. And depending on the severity of the regret, the best way to handle job seeker remorse may be to leave the position – preferably early before it gets too complicated.
There is nothing to gain by staying in a position you regret taking, but there is a lot to lose. By trying to stick it out, it is likely that your performance will decline or your attitude will worsen, both of which could tarnish your reputation and damage future job prospects.
Here is advice on what to consider when trying to find a job:
Identify “Must Haves” – Before the job search begins, list the important aspects of the new position you expect to land. They should be divided into two categories: Must Have and Like to Have. Once an offer is made, it is critical to objectively evaluate whether the “Must Haves” are met and if any of the “Like to Haves” are fulfilled as well, the chances of having found your next successful career move has been validated.
Do not feel rushed – Some job seekers believe that they have to make a decision quickly or the offer will be rescinded. Companies also have a vested interest in making sure that the individual will be a good fit, so most will give candidates the time they need to consider the offer.
Talk to friends and family – They know you better than the people who interviewed you. Talk to them about all aspects of the position and the company and seek their honest opinion about the situation.
Do not compromise on “must haves” – Job seekers often decide that they are willing to make compromises on such things as salary and benefits and later find this untenable.
Be yourself – At any time in the interviewing process, if job seekers feel they cannot be themselves, they should immediately rule out the prospective employer. It will never get better, only worse.
The current economic conditions may make it difficult to leave that position, especially when the job seeker isn’t sure if he or she can land another job. In this situation, the best course may be to work with your employer or human resource department to make things as manageable as possible, without negatively impacting the bottom line.
Here is some advice on how to minimize job remorse:
Telecommute – Ask your employer or HR department if you can work from home one or two days a week. This may help restore your work-life balance, as well as cut costs on transportation.
Flex Time – Perhaps 9 to 5 are not your peak hours to work. See if you can come in earlier and leave earlier, or come in later. Maybe you work best from 6 to 3 or 10 to 6.
Have a life after work – Volunteering, joining a club or just hitting the gym with some friends may minimize the stress of an unhappy work situation. Be sure to make time for yourself, as this will help you keep an upbeat attitude at work.
Also, keep in mind some of the tips from our previous blog on gossiping to keep the workplace happy.