Deadlocks do not only happen in personal life and love affairs. They also happen in professional life and bring you face to face with the scenario of resigning, sooner or later, from your job.
This desire for job change seems to be stronger in our time than ever. However, it remains a decision that should not be taken lightly. Even in resigning, timing plays a role.
The labor impasse seems to be a global phenomenon, increasing in intensity in recent years.
However, according to psychologists, it is not certain at this time whether this generalized urge for a career change is linked to the pandemic crisis. It is fueled by the psychological consequences of the pandemic and the disruption of the work routine, starting with teleworking.
In any case, giving up your job is not a decision you take lightly.
The right questions before you resign
The psychologists who spoke about the global job impasse that seems to be evolving also recorded the key questions one should ask oneself before resigning.
How did I get here, that is, to think of giving up?
Reflecting on the past is the best way to understand the causes that lead you to the exit door. Remember the reasons that made you accept the job then and the course you followed during this period, and what your evolution was until today.
How long have I been feeling this dead end?
It is also helpful to think about whether giving up is something you have been experiencing lately, perhaps due to fatigue and exhaustion, so a few days off would help you see things more clearly or a desire that lives on in your head for a long time and so it must be implemented soon.
Do I have to stay?
This is a question answered by self-preservation, also known as the survival instinct, and by the fear of the unknown. The right question is not whether you should stay, but the one that follows just below.
What do I really want to do in my job?
Good question, but it can be not easy to answer. It overcomes dissatisfaction with work and acquires an existential character for how you ultimately want to live to be happy. And here, you have to separate whether the negative emotions you feel at work can be associated with a bad family period you are experiencing or a love affair that is bothering you or frustration about your personal life.
What do my friends and family advise me to do?
It is known that those around you can see what concerns you more objectively, more soberly than you. In any case, it is difficult to make a big change in your life without the support of the people closest to you, especially if there are financial needs: having allies is important to start walking on a new path.
What will I lose if I resign?
It could be, for example, a fixed monthly salary or a good, co-working environment.
What could I gain by giving them up?
In the opposite direction now, after weighing the negatives, you are called to record the positives that will come if you give up: an increase, a promotion, or a job that is closer to your home.
Am I exhausted from getting what I want with my current employer?
Some of the things you want to find in a new job may be possible to get in your current job. Therefore, it is a matter of experimenting with your employer if it is possible to reshape your work situation based on your wishes, such as achieving a flexible or reduced schedule or a higher salary.
Are my expectations realistic?
They say that the perfect job is a myth. There is no. However, the psychologists advise choosing that job that meets most of the criteria you have set to be happy, not only professionally but also personally.
Can I afford to leave?
The ideal scenario is to quit after you have found a new job or have clarified in your mind what will be the next step if the goal is to do something of your own and become your own boss.
If again, everything is in the air and you want to give up, then your pocket should be able to withstand the resignation. Either you have financial support from your environment, or you have managed your money properly so that you can afford not to work but to be able to fulfill your obligations.
Is it the right time for me to resign?
One last but crucial question is about timing. Nowadays, the job market is always uncertain, but there are better and worse times to leave your job.