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Some com­pa­nies of­fer fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives so em­ploy­ees won’t leave – for in­stance, stock op­tions that you can gain con­trol of sev­eral years down the road, or a huge pay­out if you stay with the com­pany for a fixed num­ber of years. These “golden hand­cuffs” make you think twice about leav­ing, even if you’re un­happy with your job.

“Golden hand­cuffs are the fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity, com­fort and safety of high-pay­ing, cushy jobs that are un­ful­fill­ing or make us down­right mis­er­able. They keep us bound to our desks and of­fices be­cause we be­come de­pen­dent on them, or scared to leave, or ad­dicted to the var­i­ous as­pects of a fast-paced, high-stress ca­reer,” says Sara DiVello, au­thor of Where in the OM Am I? One Woman’s Jour­ney From the Cor­po­rate World to the Yoga Mat.

With mort­gages, house­hold ex­penses and fam­ily hol­i­days to pay for, the idea of leav­ing may seem im­pos­si­ble at first – but many people have bro­ken free of their golden hand­cuffs and d landed in a far bet­ter place. The key to suc­cess is to do some soul-search­ing, -search­ing, com­bined with prac­ti­cal fi­nan­cial home­work. Some­times, your dis­sat­is­fac­tion stems from a toxic boss or a poor work en­vi­ron­ment, vi­ron­ment, and your prob­lem m can be re­solved by switch­ing firms, says Dr Richard Orbe-Austin, rbe-Austin, ex­ec­u­tive coach ach psy­chol­o­gist from Dy­namic Tran­si­tions nsi­tions Psy­cho­log­i­cal l Con­sult­ing.

“Net­work with people in sim­i­lar po­si­tions tions at dif­fer­ent firms,” s,” he says. “Talk with a ca­reer areer coach. Is it a bad fit for me to be in cor­po­rate or­po­rate fi­nance or cor­po­rate rpo­rate law or is it that I need eed to go to a smaller firm?” rm?” If you find out that what you’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing is the na­ture of the in­dus­try, y, you’ll need to make a big­ger ger shift.

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