On some level, It’s on everyone’s mind right now: Resignation.
With so many people quitting their jobs— more than 4 million in the U.S., or 3% of the population — combined with the time we’ve had to meditate on life over the past twenty months, it’s natural to be thinking about where you are and what you want out of your career, now and in future.
I’ve recently been coaching leadership teams and individual executives on how to use this unique time as an opportunity to have powerful and honest dialogues with their organizations and team members around crafting the job and work culture they want. Everyone is feeling the ambiguity and still trying to get the work done; many are doing so under the most challenging of circumstances that add an entirely new and stressful layer of complexity.
Whatever your situation is, I want to empower you with the knowledge that there is a window of change currently open for many of you to get more of what you want – and what you need – to harness a more fulfilling career.
For those of you thinking of quitting, I would encourage you to pause and ask a few critical questions focused on “Why?”. You may or may not get a better arrangement elsewhere. Once you’re clear on what you’re missing, you might be able to get what you need by staying.
I recently spoke with NPR’s David Brancaccio on Marketplace Morning and shared some of my best tips on how to negotiate for what you want, and how to prepare for the conversation with your boss (note: for my CEO’s, you’ll find this helpful too, for conversations you want to be having with your key talent).
It all boils down to identifying the conditions you need to be your most productive and satisfied professional self. Take a listen and let me know what you think and if you have additional tips you believe our community could benefit from hearing.