Turnover is a harsh reality in the work place. Nobody enjoys it, employees and employers alike. However, it’s inevitable. When the people you have grown close to and see on a daily basis, start dropping like flies, it’s hard not to stop and take a look at yourself to think. Is this the right place for me? Is this career path what I want? Am I heading in the right direction? Is there a better offer/opportunity out there? It’s easy to become unsure of ourselves. When someone resigns, it can be hard not to wonder why they decided to leave. While sometimes the answer can be simple, other instances call for a full evaluation of the work environment. Is it toxic? Is morale poor? There are many questions to ask yourself. Even if you love the work that you’re doing, you need to take into account your future, and jump ship if there are signs that it’s sinking.
There are several signs to look for and evaluate, for yourself, if it’s time to search for new opportunities.
One tell-tell sign is if multiple people leave in a short period of time. While it may be a coincidence, there are factors you must consider. Did these employees each show signs of stress or uneasiness prior to resigning? While stress is a common side effect of being a working professional, it is something to be concerned about if stress from work begins to take over your life. If that happens, it’s time to reevaluate.
Does the company refuse to make changes? In order to grow, we must constantly learn new tactics, strategies, etc. If a company isn’t open to new ideas, it is likely they will get left behind. The world is ever evolving, and because of that, we must do the same.
Cliques are another huge problem, which can often cause people to leave. With cliques comes favoritism, which leads to unfair promotions and perks. You don’t have to be friends with everyone, but when the boss is best friends with a certain group of people and in turn, gives them offerings that the rest of the office aren’t privy to, the line must be drawn.
But Brittany, my work environment is great. I love it, but my best work friend resigned. How do I deal with that? Well, I’m glad you asked. Losing someone you’re close to, can be hard. It will be different, your routine shattered, but you will get through this.
A couple things to consider:
You’re pals right? Which means that you can still see your friend anytime you want to. While it won’t be as easy as simply coming into work each day, scheduling a day together is possible and if it’s a valued friendship you both will put in the effort.
Take the leave of your friend as an opportunity for yourself. Employers will have to find a replacement, and in the meantime you can offer to help out around the office, taking up tasks that your former colleague was in charge of. Your employer will be grateful, and you will look like quite the team player. Talk about a win, win!
Turnover, while hard, can also be seen as an opportunity, for a variety of reasons. Don’t fret about change, embrace it. You will trudge through the mess and come out ready to take on new challenges. Don’t let turnover scare you. It is something that happens every day, and in no way reflects poorly on you.