Ever leave the office feeling drained or even angry? Do you come home and dump it all on your family and friends? While no job is perfect (they don’t call it work for nothing!), there are offices that are perfect for us. We all have a bad day or week at work but some of us have more of them than others. If you have them on a fairly regular basis, it may be time to move on. Sometimes everyone around us sees the writing on the wall, and yet we are the last ones to see recognize signs that it’s really time to quit.
If you’re not sure, listen to what your gut is telling you, as well as any thoughts and patterns in your life that might point you to the exit signs.
All of these are good reasons to move on. But if you’re still not sure, you can take the DentalPost Job Satisfaction survey to help give you clarity. It’s free and can be accessed via your DentalPost profile page.
If after all the soul-searching, you decide it’s time to move on, there are right and wrong ways to make your move. We all know not to “burn bridges” with our employers and colleagues, but beyond that, leaving a job is an opportunity for you to build a reputation as a person of superior integrity and character. In today’s world, where people with these traits seem to be an endangered species, doing this will make you stand out.
Why should you care what your former employer thinks of you, you ask? Because the dental community is smaller than you think. And you never know who your dentist is friends with. Always leave them wanting more. You never know if you will find yourself in the position to be working for them again.
Two weeks’ notice is standard, but it’s really just doing the bare minimum. Giving your dentist and team a four-week notice gives them more time to rework the schedule, find a temp, and get a start on finding your replacement. If you want to be a real rock-star give six weeks or more. But if you’re truly in a toxic workplace and you haven’t been treated well, then get moving to your next position. Your new employer will be impressed that you are not leaving your former employer in a lurch. It speaks volumes about who you are.
If you’re leaving a toxic workplace, it’s tempting to get off your chest all the grievances you’ve been carrying, but don’t slander your current employer to your future employer. And be professional if they ask you why you are leaving. Refrain from immature negative talk. If they don’t ask why, ask the dentist/owner/manager if they are interested in doing an exit interview so you can respectfully and professionally tell them about your experience. This will help them learn how they can prevent the next hire from experiencing something similar, especially if it’s something they can control or improve upon.
Whatever you do, allow yourself the time and space to truly do what is best for you and your employer. In the end, it’s best for everyone – yourself, your employer, your friends, and family – if you are exactly where you’re supposed to be, and if you transition in a graceful way that leaves you and everyone involved with closure.
Posted June 21, 2019
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