At some point or another we’ve all had a bad boss, a sub-par boss and hopefully an amazing boss. If you haven’t reached that amazing manager yet, what’s stopping you? That’s right, I said, what’s stopping YOU? Look at your current work situation and think what tier am I falling into? If I’m not at the highest tier, how do I get there? How can I level-up my work environment and get to the place I’m striving for?
One of the hardest things for people to do is to leave a job that is no longer serving them. With the hiring market in such a frenzy, employers are often so busy trying to make new hires, they may forget about the incredible employees they already have under them. When’s the last time you received a promotion or pay increase? When’s the last time you received recognition for all the hard work you’ve been contributing to your team? If you feel like your boss has forgotten about you, maybe it’s time to find a hiring manager who inspires you, challenges you and gives you the recognition you very much deserve.
According to Bloomberg “a quarter of US workers are considering a job change or retirement in the next 12-18 months”. If employers aren’t taking the chance to level-up their benefits, work environments, WFH flexibility, it’s on you to advocate for yourself and make that change. Having a great boss makes it easy to advance your career, but without one you might be falling behind the pack. Hop into the driver’s seat and work to advocate for yourself. You can achieve that highest tier, find that opportunity that lights a fire under you and reminds you of why you do what you do everyday and why it matters.
Here are some immediate steps you can take:
- Do some homework: Evaluate your current role and development plan.
- Plan “The Talk”: This is a great time of year to plan a chat with your boss about your growth with the company. Reviews are coming up. The best way to have a productive conversation is to stay level-headed, result focused and attach timelines to goals and KPIs. You can’t get anywhere if you don’t know where you are going.
- What’s the plan, Stan?: If you are ready to explore the job market, update your resumes, start networking, reach out to a great recruiter. Make a plan.