Over the past few years I have helped several people through the job search process, many of these interactions have followed an involuntary “push” by their organization. One of the surprising things I have learned is how little anger people feel about losing their job. Mostly people are tired, relieved and downright happy to move on.
I read a guest column by Steve Doppelt in the Chicago Tribune this morning (http://trib.in/KLvl0k) that focused on this very topic. While the center of the story is about how a son struggles to tell his parents about his job loss that he is actually happy about, the background story is about how a job loss can be a positive. It also reminds us that others can see how unhappy we are in our jobs, even if we think they don’t. Here’s a quote from the article:
Father – ”You left your job, didn’t you?”
Son – “Yeah, I did, how did you know?”
Mother – “Well, you have been so unhappy. And, lately you’ve seemed so much happier. Maybe it’s for the best, I would cry every night I got off the phone with you. You sounded so miserable.”
So, are you unhappy in your job? Would you be relieved if someone would end it for you? And, do you think others in your life don’t notice and aren’t impacted by your unhappiness? Think again.
What are you waiting for?