Speak up in 2018
By Philip Price, founder of review and recruitment site WorkAdvisor
After mulling over their future during the holiday period, many people are determined to make a change and set themselves a New Year’s resolution.
For some this will be joining a gym, cutting back on food or alcohol, or just spending more time with the family.
And for an increasing number of people, it will mean getting a new job.
Various surveys doing the rounds are revealing widespread unhappiness among employees with their current roles.
One study found that 67% wanted to quit their job in 2018 while just 12% are happy at work.
If you’re thinking about a career change, it’s comforting to know that a lot of people feel the same way. It just might spur you into action.
Other surveys are full of advice on the best times to look for a job and the most popular days for searching out a new career.
Mondays in January tend to see a spike in searches.
Our own data at WorkAdvisor backs this up and it’s not particularly surprising. New year can mean a new start and people tend to act when they’ve had a weekend to think about it.
But while a career change can be as good as a rest for many people, it doesn’t have to be the only answer.
Why not try to do something to improve your current situation by speaking out?
After all, it’s a lot easier to sort out a job that you already had – and probably once loved – than to leave and find another one.
A huge problem within organisations can be a lack of communication – if only your boss, colleague or direct report knew how you felt, perhaps something could have been sorted out to everyone’s benefit. Giving and receiving feedback at work is essential to resolve issues and improve the working environment.
Most employers want to know about problems they can solve, provided they are approached in the right way.
Of course, if you want to remain anonymous, one way to get employers to listen is to review them online.
At WorkAdvisor, we’re finding that an increasing number of workers at all levels are expressing their feelings about their workplace.
Often they have positive things to say about their employers, but where they have constructive criticism, companies really do take notice.
So, go on, log on to WorkAdvisor and let everyone know what it’s like to work at your company.
And if you still decide to leave, check out the jobs we have on offer and look up a potential employer to see what employees are saying about it.