Reasons for Leaving your Employer
|Higher salary||Better technology||Incompetent or inept boss|
|Bonuses||Deeper technology exposure||Obstinate or arrogant boss|
|More benefits||Focus too narrow or generalized||Untrustworthy boss|
|Stock options/stock ownership||Relocation||Domineering boss|
|More profit sharing||Responsibility (more or less)||Paranoid boss|
|Company paid perqs||Management (more or less)||Regimented boss|
|Increased vacation time||Travel (more or less)||'Lost-in-the-fog' technical boss|
|Specialization (more or less)||Underutilized|
|Performers not rewarded||More work-life balance|
|No room for advancement||Career peaked|
|Lack of opportunity||No mentors|
|Shorter commute||Contributions are not valued|
|Same experience year after year||Overqualified|
|Deteriorating skills||Intangible environment|
|RIFs closer than one year apart||Underemployed|
|Technology training||High stress or frustration level|
|Lack of company vision||Subtle discrimination|
|Performers not rewarded||Limited area of responsibility|
|Opposition to new technologies||Climate of mistrust|
|Company performing poorly||Personality clashes|
|Employee opinions have no value|
|General work environment|
|Competition always wins|
COLUMN 1: If most or all of your reasons are from Column 1, you're better off staying at your current company. Consider an internal job change. Negotiate for additional salary. If everything else is in balance (and it's a strictly a financial issue), let them know what you need. If you reach an empass, then it's time to exit. Never let money be your only motivator - getting the latest technology or management experience is the best long term solution. Money follows skills.
COLUMN 2: If your primary motivators are in Column 2: you will definitely benefit from a new opportunity. All are strong reasons for beginning a search outside of your current employer.
COLUMN 3: If half of your reasons are in Column 3, that's fine. All valid concerns. The question is: Can your work enviroment be salvaged by making personal adjustments? Assess your strengths and weaknesses. If you've tried with no success, or obstacles exist that you can't overcome, your answer is to leave - understanding that it is the only viable choice for either advancing your career, or realigning it.
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