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May 5, 2018

IS YOUR NEW JOB NOT ALL ITS CRACKED UP TO BE? DON’T QUIT JUST YET!

We understand that when you get that feel that its just not working out, you want to run a mile. But, even if the new job is showing signs of being quite sucky, don’t give up right away.  Don’t quit!

Besides gross sexual harassment, underhand shenanigans or brutal conduct, there are ways to make a job work for you.

1. What if they don’t like how I dress?

Well, consider the company’s style and then have a good hard look at whether you are dressing accordingly. Remember, this is not your company (not yet!) and you need to conform to their dress code. It may just mean you need to tone it down or even tone it up.

2. What if the boss shouts at me constantly?

mmm, a tough one, but don’t quit!  Consider why they are shouting at you. We don’t agree that shouting is a good managerial skill at all, but look inward first. If you have tried your best to rectify any possible wrong doings, and they are still mouthing away, then approach them. Talking through it can, surprisingly, fix a lot. If that doesn’t work, call in a mediator or go higher.

3. What if the hours are ridiculous?

Working more hours than your bargained for can wreak havoc on your brain cells, your ability to perform, your morale and your social life. Take a step back from the situation. Are you being paid accordingly? Are the benefits really good? Is there scope to grow and thrive if you just keep your head down and work? Take into account all the reasons to stick to the hours. If you cannot find any, then address it with HR.

4. What if I just don’t get their culture?

Every company has one, culture that is, and if you find it doesn’t fit with your own views and ideals, don’t quit just yet!  It can be hard to mix with others. Before you run out the door screaming, take a look at whether their company culture is worth getting involved in. You may find that they have good, solid morals, and that the company, because of their culture, are really doing well. If you simply cannot accept their way, then move on.

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Lisa Bell


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