Next Steps to Take if You Hate Your New Job

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Recent research from software company BambooHR has found that up to 31% of new hires quit within the first 6 months on the job. So feeling uncomfortable and unhappy after starting a new job is more common than you may think.

You may be considering quitting and searching for an alternative; but before you rush to this conclusion, we have listed the steps you can take to help improve the situation and make the best choice for your career. 

Set a time-frame

It is important in this situation to not make any rash decisions; many people feel uncomfortable when they start a new job and might not enjoy the period in which they are unsure of the work whilst adapting to a new workplace. Setting a time frame of at least a few months in which you continue to persevere at the new job (whilst also trying the following steps) will mean that, at the end of the trial, you can be sure that a decision to leave is the right one if you still dislike the job.

Identify what is going wrong

According to the research from BambooHr, some of the top reasons that new employees are leaving their jobs within the first 6 months are that the work was different than they expected or they did not receive enough training. It is important to determine what it is that is not working in order to identify any problems that are resolvable. If the problem is that you are feeling out of your depth with new work, new systems and a new environment, this may improve over time as you learn the new role, or if you are trained properly. If however the work is different to the advertised job description or the management is poor and the company culture is not a good fit, these are factors that might not be so easy to adapt to.

Talk to your manager

The next step would be to talk to your line manager about the problems that you have identified to suggest ways in which they can help you overcome them. A report carried out by Oxford Economics found that replacing a member of staff can cost the employer £30,614, including the cost of the lost output whilst finding and training a replacement and the logistical cost of recruiting the new employee. This means that the company should be willing to hear from employees that are feeling less than happy in their role and support them; no manager wants depressed employees and it is the most cost-effective option for them to improve your happiness.

Approaching your manager can be difficult because most new employees are eager to impress, but the manager may be able to help resolve any issues such as providing more training or extra resources. If you also present solutions to your manager, then you won’t need to worry about seeming incompetent, but will in fact come across as proactive and keen to produce successful outcomes for the company.

Even arranging a short weekly meeting with you manager to discuss your ongoing projects and getting feedback and advice on your work can be beneficial. This will help you develop a relationship with your manager where you will feel more comfortable discussing any problems you are having and asking for any extra resources or support.

Seek out a mentor

If the new company doesn’t have a mentoring scheme in place, it can be beneficial as a new employee to seek out a mentor for yourself. There are many benefits as a new employee; a mentor that has worked at the company for a longer time can help you learn on the job, provide you with a point of contact to discuss any problems, and can help to develop your confidence and professional skills.

Start networking

Networking is useful for future career progression in any situation, but if you are feeling unhappy at work it can be a good tool for keeping your options open; it’s really never too early to develop a professional network. There are plenty of options available, from attending industry conferences to joining a networking community, and you can be reassured that you have somewhere to start if you decide that your new job isn’t the role for you after all.



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