I found a great job for someone and was told”
“If I leave, deliveries will stop, sales will stop, and a lot of people will be out of work. I’m going to have to turn down this job. I owe it to my boss and coworkers to see them through these hard times.”
Is this you? What’s next? Layoffs 3 weeks later. Suddenly it really is self sacrifice because you are laid off. And you may lose the house too.
First secure an independent income, then practice virtue. (Greek proverb)
I am not saying to abandon ship when you are needed. I am saying that you must be aware of what really is happening. You finding a new job may free up enough money to save another person’s job. The shock of your resignation may be what finally gets through to the big boys that things are going badly. Sometimes a company is going bankrupt no matter how heroic everyone is. Reality is not always what you think it is.
When business is bad it taints your whole outlook. You see problems everywhere. In your distorted world, no business can be thriving. You are wrong. Some are growing. Don’t be afraid to join them. I guarantee that you are replaceable. If not, the problems are so severe you should leave anyway.
There is an alternative. A while ago I was talking to an accountant at a company that was in bankruptcy. He said, “I am earning more money than ever before.” They REALLY couldn’t afford to lose him, so they gave him bonuses and guarantees. If you are the hero, make sure you are compensated and protected.
When business looks bad, it may be time to leave. Don’t let the lens of self sacrifice or fear fool you. Many times what is best for you, leaving, is also best for the company. If you really are indispensable, get paid and protected for it. If they might fire you for asking to get paid for your risk, you are not indispensable.
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