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Are you thinking about quitting your job? Recruitment expert reveals the questions to ask yourself

To be has been called The Great Resignation: the trend of workers voluntarily quitting their jobs as working life returns to normal after the pandemic.

The trend, which has surprised economists, has already turned the US job market upside down with 4.3 million Americans, or 2.9 percent of the entire workforce, who left their jobs in August.

But how do you decide whether to join the crowd or time when it’s best to leave a role?

FEMAIL spoke with Tony Gregg, chief executive at Anthony Gregg Partnerships, a high-end recruitment search firm with senior and board positions in the UK and Europe.

He revealed the five questions to ask yourself before quitting your job — and how to make your current role work better for you.

FEMAIL spoke to Tony Gregg, chief executive at Anthony Gregg Partnerships, who revealed the five questions to ask yourself before quitting your job (Photo: stock image)

FEMAIL spoke to Tony Gregg, chief executive at Anthony Gregg Partnerships, who revealed the five questions to ask yourself before quitting your job (Photo: stock image)

1. Have your life goals changed?

Tony explained that if you’re considering retiring, you should take a step back and reassess where you think your career is.

He wondered if the past 18 months have changed your attitude to your work-life balance.

The recruiting expert said, “Maybe the pandemic has focused you on what’s important to you and your family?

“Maybe the chance to put the kids to bed every night is something you don’t want to miss anymore?”

He continued: ‘A job that involves traveling long distances and working long days in an office environment may no longer suit the kind of lifestyle you want to lead.

“If so, then moving to a job with a better work-life balance may be the right choice for you.”

2. Is your employer inflexible?

The recruitment expert said it was also worth wondering how flexible your employer had been during the Covid-19 crisis, and whether they could be flexible going forward.

He explains: ‘In addition, the question is how understanding is your employer about your wish to work more flexibly?’

Tony suggested that you re-evaluate your work schedule since the pandemic, explaining: ‘Don’t just assume that just because you were supposed to be in the office five days a week before the pandemic, you still are today.

“Many employers offer more flexibility towards working from home, with a balance of three days in the office and two days working from home becoming more common.

‘If such an arrangement suits you, don’t hesitate to ask.

“If your employer refuses and insists on being in the office five days a week, then maybe it’s time to look for a more flexible employer.”

However, Tony said it “cuts both ways” and those who wanted to be more in the office could look for a workspace that would allow them to ditch remote working.

He explained, “If you’re the kind of person who likes to work in an office environment, but whose employer works 100 percent remotely, that might as well be your cue to start looking for a new position.”

Meanwhile, Tony said it can be worth making concessions if you feel comfortable at work.

He explained, “Finally, be prepared to meet with your employer in the middle. Being in the office is important for building team unity and culture.

‘It also makes you visible to senior management, which in turn can lead to new career development opportunities.

‘Before you hand in your notice of termination, try to find a balance with your employer that works for both of you.’

3. Are you no longer challenged in your role?

The recruitment expert also suggested looking at career progression opportunities: ‘A classic sign that it’s time for change is when a position no longer challenges you.

“If you work eight-hour days, but can do the work in three, it may be satisfying in the short term, but it’s not good for your career in the long run.

‘We only develop as human beings if we can stretch our limits.

4. Are your career opportunities blocked?

Tony revealed that if you’re considering leaving your company because you’re feeling blocked in your career, now could be the perfect time to quit.

He said, “You may have a role that you are mostly happy with, but find that opportunities to progress within the organization are blocked.

“There may be roles higher up in the hierarchy that you think would be a good fit, but the current incumbents are showing no signs of movement.

‘If so, it might be time for an organizational change.

“But before you do that, make sure you have all the information you need to make that decision.”

He advised not to be afraid to be open to other seniors at work, adding: ‘Discuss your feelings with managers you trust and make sure your perception of the situation matches reality.

‘You may soon discover a position that suits you perfectly.

“You may even notice that your employer is creating a new role to retain a valued employee.”

‘If you notice that you are walking through the corridor in a role, then you stand still professionally.’

But if you’re “going down the aisle,” Tony said don’t make any hasty decisions.

He explained: ‘If you find yourself in this position, do not submit your resignation immediately.

“Use your free time to think about what you want to achieve next in your career.

‘Find the recruiters who can help you with that, develop your network of contacts and apply for new positions.

“Only when you have a clear plan for what’s to come should you take the plunge.”

5. Is your current job helping you achieve your career aspirations?

When making a decision about your job, Tony revealed that it’s important to look ahead at where you want your career to go.

He explained: ‘If the answer to this question is no, it’s probably time for a move.

“Even if you’re happy in your current role, it’s essential to consider whether it will help you achieve your long-term goals.

“I always advise people to think about where they want to be in ten years’ time and then work backwards to map out what needs to be done to get there.”

And instead of sticking to one company, he advised not to be afraid to try out different organizations and roles.

He explains: ‘It is never wrong to gain experience at different organizations.

‘Perhaps in the future you will even return to your current employer in a much higher position because of the experiences you have gained elsewhere.

‘If you are considering a career switch, one last piece of advice is: take your time. Before submitting your cancellation, make sure you have a plan in place.

“We wouldn’t pack the car, dog and kids and decide where to go on vacation. But this is exactly what many of us do with our careers.”

Tony suggested setting aside time during your week to think about where you would like to take your career.

He said: ‘It’s not always easy to create time to think about your future career, but if you can devote a few hours a week to your professional and personal development, you’ll be in a strong position to create clear, effective make decisions.

“And once you’ve decided to take on a new role, never go back on your decision.

“Employers often make attractive-looking counter offers, but once you’ve indicated that you intend to leave, trust in the relationship has been broken.

“The vast majority of people who make a U-turn leave the company within a year because that bond is beyond repair.”

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