FIND OUT WHAT IS REALLY MAKING YOU UNHAPPY – YOUR JOB OR YOUR CAREER
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.