The Crave Essay: I’ve got to get out of there

We hear statistics every day and every day we forget them because another one comes along to dislodge the one we thought we should remember.

That said, here’s one that I can remember from earlier this week:

Around 40 per cent of workers seek new employment at the start of a year.

One explanation for this figure was that over the holiday season people reflect upon what they dislike about their place of employment and thus seek to do something about it.

Now I know surveys are just a sample of the population and are invariably commissioned by businesses with an interest in the subject matter, but this figure of 40 per cent is worth a few seconds of reflection.

Forty per cent of the workforce (hey, even if it was thirty or twenty or ten) is a whole lot of discontented folk leaving their homes every day not wanting to go to where they’re going to.

They’re sitting on the bus next to you, standing ahead of you in the coffee shop line, saying hello to you when you walk into the building where you both work. And that person may also be you. You may be part of the 40 per cent.

You want to get out. You just can’t take it any longer. Your work place is making you ill.

Which brings me to the title of today’s essay. What do we do when we hear someone say those words?

Here are four suggestions: Listen. Suggest escape routes. Encourage. Give support come what may.

I’ve had all four of the above from those closest to me in the past when over weeks and months I’ve spat out ‘I’ve got to get out of there’.

In one place of employment I acted swiftly and got out. In another, I muffled my restlessness and stayed a while before getting out. In both instances I received the same guidance and both worked out, thankfully.

That doesn’t mean it will for you, or the person you are supporting, but at the very least having an ally, and being an ally, should ease the conflict until the new year tells you once again that you really do need to get out of there.

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