When your current job rubs your values wrong, consider leaving. Here’s why:
An ideal career is built on three things: your values, talents, and ideal environment. Note that those three factors are listed in that order for a reason: environment is the most malleable and flexible, meaning you are most in control of changing it. Talents are less maleable, but you could do some “job crafting” to center your work more around what you do best. But values are the least flexible. They are so core to who we are that they rarely shift.
There are really two types of values in play in any job — organizational values and personal values. You may be at an organization that shares values with yours and that’s a great start. But if your manager or your colleagues have competing or misaligned values your job can quickly become insufferable.
For example, you may work for an organization that is built on helping humans flourish. You may feel aligned with that. But your manager may not value balance, integrity, or communication and that can create a serious values rub on a daily basis that is almost impossible to change and will lead to dissatisfaction as a result of incongruence.
If you’re feeling low on energy or disengaged from your work, check your values and those of the organization or the people you work with. It may not be the nature of the work at all, but rather a values misalignment.
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