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New Year, New Career? How to Decide if it’s Time to Move On - Part II

January 8, 2013
New Year, New Career? How to Decide if it’s Time to Move On - Part II

In New Year, New Career - Part I, we discussed how management issues, job expectations, and excessive hours may cause employees to want to quit, and how they can try to overcome these challenges. In Part II of this series, we complete the list of the top reasons employees leave their jobs and steps they can take to rectify these problems before pulling the trigger. 

4. Lack of Recognition


Whether it’s a gift card, group acknowledgement or ‘pat on the back’, it is important to have the validation you are doing well in your role, and oftentimes exceeding expectations. When you don’t feel valued, it is easy to begin to consider other opportunities where you may receive the appreciation you feel you deserve.


Addressing any lack of recognition directly with your manager can help them understand what motivates you individually. Consider asking questions, such as:

  • Am I doing a good job?

  • Do you believe I'm meeting and/or exceeding expectations?

  • It's great to see others complimented/acknowledged for their contributions, what can I do to be recognized for the work I complete?


While recognition may be important, it may not be the deal-breaker. Consider other important factors when making your decision, such as:

  • The benefits you receive compared to those in other positions

  • The compensation that allows you to enjoy other things outside of work

  • The relationships you may have with co-workers


5. Compensation/Benefits


While we all may want more money or better benefits, we have to remember that this may come at a price. Before you consider leaving your job for an opportunity that offers a higher compensation or more comprehensive benefits, you should create your own list of pros and cons to help ensure it's enough to warrant seeking out a new job. Do some research in your market and industry and find out the answers to the following questions:

  • Am I making a fair wage for the work I'm expected to perform?

  • Are my benefit costs in line with my friends, family or others in the industry?

  • What is a reasonable increase if I get promoted and/or take on significant responsibilities?

  • What can I do to get promoted and make more money?


If your research provides clear reasons why you deserve a promotion or additional benefits, share it with your manager to find out where you stand. Just remember, a new employer may understand you want to make more money, but they may also expect you to provide more to get it.

6. Little to no Opportunity for Advancement


Career paths are a hot topic of discussion as early as the interview process, but opportunities for advancement should be discussed at least once a year whether it is in your yearly performance review or a simple one-on-one meeting with your manager.


Once you have become proficient in your current role, start asking your manager what other goals and tasks need to be met for you to move on to the next step in your career. It can be beneficial to ask for additional training to meet these goals or take on new roles to help your manager see that you are ready for the next challenge. 



While any of the above reasons may be justifiable to leave your current role, it’s important to discuss your concerns with your manager ahead of time before letting these issues build up. Sometimes it can be beneficial to make a list of pros and cons to decide whether it’s time to move on to your next role.


If you continue to have concerns about issues that cannot be resolved through communication with your manager, it may be time to consider a new career. To get started, you can find helpful advice to start your job search here on our Knowledge Employed blog. 

About the author

Kirby Palkoner has worked in Human Resources for the past 20 years. He joined Kforce in May 2011 and is currently the Manager of Employee Relations in Tampa, Florida. A proud husband and father, Kirby is originally from Chicago, Illinois.

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