Reasons for Leaving your Employer

Reasons 1
Reasons 2
Reasons 3
Higher salary Better technology Incompetent or inept boss
Bonuses Deeper technology exposure Obstinate or arrogant boss
More benefits Focus too narrow or generalized Untrustworthy boss
Stock options/stock ownership Relocation Domineering boss
More profit sharing Responsibility (more or less) Paranoid boss
Company paid perqs Management (more or less) Regimented boss
Increased vacation time Travel (more or less)  'Lost-in-the-fog' technical boss
Specialization (more or less) Underutilized
Performers not rewarded More work-life balance
Long hours Redundancy
No room for advancement Career peaked
Lack of opportunity No mentors
Shorter commute Contributions are not valued
Same experience year after year Overqualified
Deteriorating skills Intangible environment
RIFs closer than one year apart Underemployed
Technology training High stress or frustration level
Lack of company vision Subtle discrimination
Performers not rewarded Limited area of responsibility
Opposition to new technologies Climate of mistrust
Company performing poorly Personality clashes
Employee opinions have no value
Limited resources
Contentious co-workers
General work environment
Competition always wins

COLUMN 1: If most or all of your reasons are from Column 1, you're better off staying at your current company. Consider an internal job change. Negotiate for additional salary. If everything else is in balance (and it's a strictly a financial issue), let them know what you need. If you reach an empass, then it's time to exit. Never let money be your only motivator - getting the latest technology or management experience is the best long term solution. Money follows skills.

COLUMN 2: If your primary motivators are in Column 2: you will definitely benefit from a new opportunity. All are strong reasons for beginning a search outside of your current employer.

COLUMN 3: If half of your reasons are in Column 3, that's fine. All valid concerns. The question is: Can your work enviroment be salvaged by making personal adjustments? Assess your strengths and weaknesses. If you've tried with no success, or obstacles exist that you can't overcome, your answer is to leave - understanding that it is the only viable choice for either advancing your career, or realigning it.

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