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Things to think about before you quit your job

By Faeza
15 July 2016

Businessman with head in hands

Think carefully because it’s hard to find a new job these days

CREATING

a work environment where employees are respected and valued is very important for a company to retain staff. Some companies go as far as offering staff shares that are only paid out after a certain period of time. However, this doesn't guarantee that the employee will stay with the company.

THE DANGER OF BEING DISSATISFIED WITH YOUR JOB

Palesa Khambi, a Johannesburgbased marketing executive, says she's had a few experiences in the decade that she has been an employee. She says she left her previous jobs when work became difficult and stopped her from seeing the value she was adding to the companies. She says the danger of being dissatisfied with your job is that you stop being innovative, and eventually end up leaving.

WHY EMPLOYEES LEAVE THEIR JOBS

We all enter the job market with certain expectations, and if those expectations are not met, some employees may decide to leave. Sharon Keune, a senior recruiter at Vivid Staffing Solutions, says some employees leave their jobs because of pay and benefits packages. Other reasons include:

Unpleasant work environment

Unresolved conflict in the company with either a boss or colleagues can create an unpleasant work environment.

Lack of training

If an employee is ambitious and there are no growth opportunities in the company she works for,she will seek out opportunities elsewhere where she can grow.

No rewards for hard work

Managers should offer praise where it is due. Overlooking employees’ achievements will make them feel undervalued.

Fear of victimisation

Employees want to work in a company where they feel comfortable raising concerns without fear of victimisation.

Lack of good leadership

Employees want to be led by people with good managerial and leadership skills.

WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU LEAVE

¦ Ensure that the new company offering you employment is financially stable. There are cases where candidates leave their jobs to join the new employer, only to be retrenched three months later.

¦ Ensure that you have signed your new letter of appointment before leaving your current employer.

¦ Ensure that you’re resigning for the right reasons.

¦ Have a six-month financial cushion because these days finding an alternative job is hard.

BE PRACTICAL AND PLAN

It is not advisable to leave your employment without having another job to go to. If you’re unhappy just hang in there until an opportunity comes your way. “I have about 300 CVs of people who resigned and six months to a year later they are still unemployed,” says Sharon.

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