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You’ve got this: Everybody is leaving the job—should I?

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Dr Froswa’ Booker-Drew answers your questions, putting her years of experience and practice into the goal of solving those knotty problems that beset us, and assuring us: ‘you’ve got this’. If you’d like Froswa’ to look at your particular problem, email it to [email protected].

I’ve just started a new job, and everybody I work with seems to be quietly job hunting. I can’t see anything particularly toxic with the place — yet. But should I be worried?
Maxine

Maxine:

Wow!  That’s not a good sign but we don’t know all of the variables involved.  Have you asked any of your co-workers their reasons for leaving?  There could be a myriad of reasons that people walk away from jobs but I’m wondering if there is a common denominator for them such as work politics, climate, or leadership.  If you haven’t asked, you should but instead of asking why are you searching for a job, ask what would they suggest could be improved at the company. Because you are new, you would like to learn more about the areas of concern to be aware of and gain their insight as to how they have addressed those issues.  I think using this question may help with not only gaining a perspective but serve as the lead-in question to then ask why would they are considering leaving the company.

I’ve have learned in all of my years of working in a variety of settings that people have different tolerance levels and expectations of work.  I’ve had friends leave jobs because of very minor infractions from a co-worker to watching others deal with situations that are toxic and enormously stressful.  Ultimately, you must decide what’s best for you.  Think about this: Why did you take the job?  What convinced you that this was the job for you?  Has your initial impression of the role changed and if so, how?  In evaluating those aforementioned answers and then determining your goals, you can make a decision if this is a place that you can stay at or if you need to also join your co-workers and begin searching. Maxine, keep your eyes and ears open but gather data first before making a decision.  You. Got. This.

About Dr. Froswa Booker-Drew

Dr. Froswa' Booker-Drew is a Partnership Broker. Relational Leadership Junkie. Connector. Author/Speaker/Trainer. Co-Founder, HERitage Giving Circle. She been quoted and profiled in Forbes, Ozy, Bustle, Huffington Post and other media outlets around the world. In addition, she has been asked to speak on a variety of topics such as social capital and networking, leadership, diversity, and community development to national and international audiences. This included serving as a workshop presenter at the United Nations in 2013 on the Access to Power. One of the most impactful life events for her was being a part of the documentary, Friendly Captivity, a film that followed a cast of 7 women from Dallas to India. Honors for her work include: Semi-finalist for the SMU TEDx in 2012, 2012 Outstanding African American Alumni Award from the University of Texas at Arlington, 2009 Woman of the Year Award by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and Diversity Ambassador for the American Red Cross. Graduating with a PhD from Antioch University in Leadership and Change, she also attended the Jean Baker Miller Institute at Wellesley for training in Relational Cultural Theory and completed facilitator training on Immunity to Change. She has also completed training through UNICEF on Equity Based Evaluations, and is the author of 2 workbooks for women, Ready for a Revolution: 30 Days to Jolt Your Life and Rules of Engagement: Making Connections Last as well as a writer for several publications around the globe.

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