JournalismPakistan.com March 12, 2013
Have you heard of the hassle factor? That's where the salary is higher than the job dissatisfaction so you stay. Then the hassle increases to the point where either you get more or you go.
The trick lies in being able to balance one against the other. For most of us there is unnecessary stress because we fail in spectacular fashion to enter all the elements into the equation before we make a decision.
On the earning side there are four parameters.
One, since business logic suggests you are earning less than you deserve it is up to you to work out how wide the gap is and how much of it you can span without burning the bridge down. Pretty silly you would look demanding the x factor and being told here are your marching orders, start moving, sunshine.
Two, what is the market like in your line of work and where do you stand in it, left of center, right of center or half way lukewarm and no big deal, no one will miss you if you fall out.
Three, what are the options available to you on the outside. Can you get another job in the same line, will you have to change or adjust, and will there be negative fallout from your departure.
Finally, before you engage in the shift, are you motivated by heroics and hope rather than pragmatism...remember, you could be putting the wife and children on the line.
If you have doubts over even one of these factors you could be walking into trouble, my friend. Far too many people swan off on half-baked premises then discover they would bend over backwards to turn the clock to yesterday.
Before you rush off, therefore, and make a complete mess of things sit back and do the following things.
Check out how you are placed at the moment. Dull but steady? No hope whatsoever of things changing? Simply frustrated and wanting another shot at the cherry, never mind the risk.
If it is the first then stay where you are. Dull is another word for job security. If it is the second, be sure that the alternative is actually greener grass and not weeds, like it often turns out to be. And if it is the third, which is the most dangerous, because you are in a reckless state of mind and most likely to go off half-cocked, do yourself a favor.
Be honest with yourself. Can you deliver? If you are getting the better deal be sure the person who is paying you wants results. All too often we promote ourselves from levels of success and competence to levels of incompetence and subsequent failure.
And throughout the agonizing period keep one thing uppermost in mind. The other side of the hill isn't all that it is cracked up to be.
The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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