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If You're At The End Of Your Career Tether, Why Not Ask Your Boss For A Little More Rope?

If You're At The End Of Your Career Tether, Why Not Ask Your Boss For A Little More Rope?

When you're considering calling it quits

So, you think you’ve reached the endpoint with your career. Each day in that office feels like another one wasted, and you can hardly sleep from stress. In fact, things have gotten so bad that you’ve started putting out the feelers. You’ve signed up for job alerts and sent probing emails to employers you’d like to work with.

But, you’re also aware that changing career is hard. It would mean adjusting to new ways of doing things and new people. And, when you get there, you could well find that things are exactly the same. So, even when a job does crop up on your notifications, you swipe off and forget about it. For now, at least.

Still, you can’t shake feeling things need to change. And, you’re pretty sure that any day now, you’re actually going to apply for one of those jobs. You can’t take it anymore, and the stress of a career change is starting to look preferable.

But, what if we were to tell you that overcoming this hurdle in your career path could be as easy as speaking to your boss? We know; it seems an alien concept. You were planning to apply behind their back and leave a hastily scrawled resignation. Leave out the back door, as it were. In truth, though, there’s no need for such secretive behaviour when we’re unhappy in jobs. Instead, approaching your boss could be the easy answer you’ve been hoping for. But, what should you say if you arrange a meeting? Read on to find out.

Be honest about how you’re feeling

Our bosses pay the bills. As such, most of us are pretty reluctant to paint ourselves as anything but perfect in front of them. We plaster on smiles and make out like work is running smooth. And, over time, we get so into this habit that we forget the importance of just being honest. Sure, your boss pays you, and you want to keep them happy. But, you help keep their company afloat, so they also want to keep you happy. They don’t stand any chance of doing that if you don’t just come out and say you’re struggling. Of course, the key here is how you say it. You can’t tell them you hate working for them and you’re desperate to leave. But, express any feelings of frustration. Let them know if you feel as though you’ve reached a dead end. How else can they do their best to make your work life better?

Find tactful ways to address concerns

Find tactful ways to address concerns

Of course, your issues may have more grounding that just feeling fed up. And, in that instance, this conversation could get tricky. After all, feeling frustrated in yourself is different to picking holes in your boss’s business. But, most company managers are willing to change and adjust to meet employee demands. Hence why we always have to fill out those God-awful feedback forms! Remember; keeping their workforce happy is likely important to them. So, if you’ve seen something you aren’t satisfied with in the office, gently find a way to mention it. After you do that, there’s every chance they’ll look into the issue themselves. If you’re worried your workplace rights aren’t taken into account enough, tell your boss. It may be that they don’t realise they aren’t sticking with the law in some areas. But, once you bring it to their attention, the may seek outside advice in employment law, and make major improvements. The main thing to remember here is that you don’t want to get their back up. Rather than accusing, make this a discussion in which you both play equal parts. The results may well be better than you expect.

Let them know what would make you stay

Once your boss knows you’re thinking about leaving, there’s every chance they’ll start the bargaining game. You’re a valued employee, and losing you would mean a lot of work for them. So, in many ways, you’re in the driving seat here. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can make your demands and hold your boss ransom. That would backfire in a significant way. But, if they do start talking about how they could make you stay, don’t be afraid to let them know. After all, it would save you a lot of hassle if you could stay put, too. So, if you’re feeling stale and jaded, mention your desire to branch out or do new things. It may even be that your boss can offer you a promotion which could give your career the kick it needs. Or, they can at least make steps towards varying your workload. Either way, these small steps could be all it takes to your career out of that rut.

Settle on a timeframe in your mind

Settle on a timeframe in your mind

With a bit of luck, you’ll come out of this conversation feeling good and ready for action. You might even wonder why you doubted your position in the first place. But, we’ve all had a hopeful conversation with our bosses which didn’t amount to anything. And, in many ways, that can lead to even more severe frustration than you felt before. To avoid this from getting you down, settle on a timeframe in your mind. Don’t tell your boss about this, because setting deadlines is a little like threatening them. AKA, it won’t help your case. But, knowing how long you’re willing to wait before seeing changes is your best chance at career happiness. It may be that you give it six months. Or, you might only leave this a month or two. Either way, during that time, you should look out for positive changes. Pay attention to the problem areas you addressed, and take note whether anything happens. If nothing’s changed when you reach the end of that timeframe, it might be time to move on after all. At least you gave your boss a chance. But, if things have gotten better, you can settle in and stop searching elsewhere.

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