Managers are the main reason a lot of people quit their job. Other reasons also come into play. While resigning seems a good option, finding a new job or shifting to a new career is a Herculean task. Before you call it quits, Dianne Gillespie insists that you analyze 3 factors of your old project management job.
Justifying Job Resignation
A University of Manchester study reveals that being unhappy with jobs affect health and prosperity more than staying jobless. Find out what upsets you in your current role. You would know what you want or not want from the new role. Following are the 3 factors to consider before quitting your old project management job:
Work Environment: If you have issues with your boss, talk to the HR and strive to find out a solution. Ask for a change in team or business unit, if need be. Some people leave because of the work culture. Long working hours or no scope for growth can also be problematic. When you go for interviews, ask value-added questions like the frequency at which employees work late or during weekends. Figure out if the existing employees are socializing during breaks or sitting behind their desk. Also, Glassdoor is a good platform to find out reviews of previous and current employees regarding your potential employers.
Task and Client Management: Difficult customers are quite common and handling them well is a project management job. To ease your job, find out the common issues and improve workflows and relationships wherever possible. If your peer is in a better position to handle these clients, convey that to the management frankly. If the customers are truly problematic, alert that too. When you seek a new role, join a company that has projects you are interested in.
Role: Maybe you are not cut out for a project management job. It needs a nice balance of soft and hard skills. Figure out the key areas you must improve your skills to be a good manager. Join forums, attend a workshop or seminar to get an objective viewpoint. While money, designation, and respect are benefits of your job, you can do better once you get the actual calling. Thankfully, a lot of your job skills are useful in other roles too like product management or recruitment.
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