5 Things to Do/Say Instead of Constantly Comparing Your Present Workplace to Your Past


Opportunities mean progress- and almost all the time, change, leads to these opportunities.

Change is necessary, hence, for progress- but it is not always, that the change we undergo leads to the kind of progress we had in mind.

There comes a day when you finally decide to leave your job, for a good reason or bad, and decide to move on to look for a better opportunity. You receive a job offer, and soon, it’s time for you to move out of your old company.

Fast forward 6 months into the company- nothing goes as expected. The company culture is dull as compared to the lively past (or vice versa, whatever floats your boat). The managers manage too much (micro managing is always a pain for both the parties!), and the workload is exponential with none of the growth.

It is understandable to think during times like these of your old job- with whatever flaws, it was probably better than what you are experiencing right now. And then you find yourself comparing everything that happens in your present company to whatever happened in the past. The handmade coffee now seems better than the espresso machine.

How do you tackle this problem?

Step 0: Stop discussing how great your previous company was compared to this one.

No one likes being compared- this means that even if you look for a benign chit-chat with your co-worker to discuss how ‘uncomfortable this company is’, don’t. You may think what you’re doing is harmless, or the person who you’re discussing this with is trustworthy. He may not tell the seniors, but why should you even make him feel bad about the company he’s working for? Or why should he know that you are uncomfortable? Unless you’re planning to take some action with regards to the problem, don’t let anyone else know about it.

Step 1: Clear out the air with regards to the job/culture

It’s not you, it’s me.

Make sure you clear out your exact job opportunities, and that there is no misunderstandings regarding to the job role. Clear out who will be doing what- and make sure your senior or manager is present while you do delegate/distribute these responsibilities amongst your co-workers or subordinates. There should always be proof so that you are not either overworked, or unhappy.

The company culture can sometimes be a little different than what you expect- the people may not be that open, or the people may be too open and too talkative. But if the work is worth it, then try to be a little flexible regarding a few changes that the company requires.  It may just be a perceived nightmare, and not a real one.

Step 2: Let’s hope you didn’t leave your previous company at a bad note

If you are sure that you preferred your old company to this one, let’s just hope they cherish you enough to take you back.

If not, then I have just one thing to say to you- Good!

Yes, if it’s better you should completely go back- but that’s not you moving towards progress. That’s you moving back to your old milestone just because you experienced a little roadblock. Your previous job was not more growth oriented than this- this job is just more stagnant than your previous job. Now, you have the time and the opportunity to move higher.

Step 3: People are the answer to everything!

Network! Find out how other people in this company function, and try to incorporate those habits into your work habits. Maybe they work out?

Even if they don’t, you still have leverage by having more information as compared to what you did before. It will, inevitably help you make wiser and more educated decision. Someone from either this company or the last will help you with your situation.

Step 4: Leave before it causes a stint in your resume/skills

Maybe the people in your present company don’t like the way you work, or the way you produce your work.

Step back, and consider it from a wider view- will changing your habits benefit you in the future?

Let us take an example- Bob, who worked at Cosmopolitan previously as a content writer, can obviously not write like do the Reader’s Digest. Does he change his writing style for them?

Answer- Bob decides it himself! Does he feel that the way he wrote in Cosmo was his strength? Were people all over him for his wit and humor? Was he an irreplaceable writer?

IF yes, then Bob should leave this job and find someone who appreciates and strives on his original writing style! He should leave the new company before this job causes a stint in your resume, or in your skills. What good is it if Bob leaves his new company with a mediocre writing style, and moves on to another mediocre job that is just okay with his writing style?

No. Bob should leave, and try to find more job opportunities that match his needs. And our resume writers also say that if this employment history is short enough, and you feel like it may negatively affect your future opportunities, then you can leave it out. So Bob leaves it out.

Be smart like Bob.


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