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Unhappy with your job? Don’t worry, be happier elsewhere

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I recently spent a weekend in Tecate with over 140 fellow Rotarians, building seven tiny homes. The house I worked in was for a young family who, until yesterday, lived in a cardboard hut with their newborn baby.

Later, at a festive dinner in Tijuana, I sat next to the Rotary of our club.

We were talking about the good work Rotary is doing and she said she would love to be a fundraiser for a non-profit that she was passionate about.

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Then she added that she hates her current job, but is paying too much to quit her job that she can’t afford.

Clearly, she was far from living the “I get up every day excited to go to work” creed. I am struck by her frustration at knowing what she wants, but I feel unable to think about it.

Sometimes we get into trouble over a job, a relationship, or a life decision. We usually think there is nothing we can do about it. But there.

It involves empowering ourselves to take action.

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There is rarely an airtight reason anyone thinks they are stuck in a job or career and can’t get out of it. This is especially true in the current strong job market in which we find ourselves.

At the moment, there are much more job vacancies than job seekers.

When we consider early baby retirements, low birth rates, low immigration levels, low 10-year H1-B visas, and parents deciding to take a break from their careers to stay at home with their children, we see the problem even more clearly.

Bottom line: The working-age population in the United States is stagnating.

Be aware of changes in the workplace

This is not just a short-term issue. This is systematic. Both employers and employees should be aware of these workplace changes and make adjustments according to how they are affected.

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The highly respected Conference Board, a global nonprofit research and business membership group, expects the US unemployment rate to reach a 70-year low of 3.0% by the end of next year.

This number represents two percentage points below What economists refer to as “full employment,” which means that skilled workers can demand higher wages with more benefits.

Smart employers quickly realized that they needed to become dramatically more flexible with workplace trends.

This includes compensation packages, plus basically all job prospects – if they want to keep their employees. This is especially true of their most valuable and essential employees.

Meanwhile, my friend’s Rotary business owner has conflicting trends to consider.

If she earns so much money that she feels she can’t quit her job, it must be a very valuable asset.

Why doesn’t her employer know how upset she is at work? Do they take it for granted?

The business owner needs to become more aware of key employees and their job satisfaction. Or it will only be a matter of time before key employees start leaving or are tracked down to get better, more satisfying jobs elsewhere.

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Likewise, an unhappy employee needs to request changes that may allow her to enjoy her job more. If it is not possible to provide amenities to improve the situation, then she should actively start looking for a new job on her own.

Take action to retain and attract employees

Employers need to clearly understand the trends that affect their employees. Then it is better for them to take action to retain and attract employees for the long term.

Employees need to make sure they are fairly compensated, appreciated, and look forward to coming to work every day. Or, if they’re like my fellow Rotaries, they don’t feel loved, then they have to do something about it.

Their skills are in demand as the workforce shrinks and wages are growing rapidly – all because of supply and demand.

Ask yourself: Is now the time to consider joining the “Great Cabinet Reshuffle” and “The Great Resignation”?

There are many great jobs, and salaries are steadily rising. Go and find one. You owe it to yourself. Do not suffer quietly.

Blair is the co-founder of Manpower Staffing and author of “Job Won”. pblair@manpowersd.com

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