Katie’s response: The decision of whether to remain with or depart your employer should hinge around the evaluation of the purpose of your partnership today.
SHRM describes todays quitter’s market: “Many factors have led to the historic quits levels—the ongoing pandemic, new vaccine mandates and a strong candidate's market are just some considerations that may be leading more workers to put in their notice. The last eight reported months (April through November) have seen the largest exodus of employees on record.”
Assuming the consideration to depart your employer is a choice; you may be in a place where you can evaluate the longer-term possibilities for remaining with your employer or you may be poised for action and a desire to bring forward change in your professional life immediately. Neither path is better or worse. Only you can determine what you are needing in this moment and what path will best serve your priorities today. Taking time to consider both the rewards and the costs of your decision will help prepare you for the total impact of this choice, throughout your life.
First, find a way to tune inwards and listen to what you are being drawn towards today to bring the most meaning to your professional life. Suggested routes for this step: meditate, hire a coach, consult with a mentor or advisor in your life, journal. Seek to understand what you have learned about yourself in the pandemic and how this wisdom impacts your career aspirations.
Second, adjust the lens of your current employer evaluation to your larger career journey consideration. How does your current role, career pathway at your employer and overall organization align to your overarching career plans?