|Maintaining Loyalty When Already on the Job Hunt
by Palesa Motanyane
This is it; you have finally made the decision
to move on. You’ve dusted off your CV and
contacted a number of recruitment agencies. The
job hunt is on. The reasons for your wanting to
leave your current position can vary. Maybe you
have outgrown the position and are on the
lookout for new opportunities. Or there’s a
colleague who is just making things miserable
for you, doing little work and getting
undeserved credit. It could be your boss who
keeps piling on the work without appreciating
the value you already bring. Or it’s just the
organisation itself, you find that you don’t
quite fit into the culture, like trying to stuff
your feet into an ill-fitting pair of shoes.
Whatever the reason, you’ve finally made the
decision to move on. In the meantime, you still
need to serve out your time in the current job.
You owe it to yourself and your existing
employer to remain faithful to your work and
environment right up until your very last day.
How do you make sure that you remain loyal,
continuing to produce good quality work and not
tarnishing existing relationships in anyway?
Be present and stay committed – If you are in an
especially bad work situation, daydreaming about
a new and better job might seem like the best
way to get yourself through. Understand that
there is nothing wrong with visualising your way
into an improved situation. But remember the
reality of where you are. You still need to
deliver on your work; you still need to relate
constructively with the people that you work
with. Basically, you still need to be a
functioning member of the team. The last thing
you want to do is aggravate the situation by
only being there in body, but your mind and
spirit remain absent.
By being present and committed, you show up and
operate in the now. You make the choice to
accept the situation for what it is. Note that
this is distinct from giving into negative
circumstance where you run the risk of being
complacent and checking out. It is simply a
recognition of your reality as you perceive it,
and deciding to remain an active participant.
You need to trust that this has become your
‘meantime’ moment and that you, therefore, still
need to continue taking the necessary steps in
order to get through it.
Focus on your deliverables – There are a lot of
reasons why a person may want to leave a job and
they can be good or bad. These reasons, along
with a myriad of other factors, can become very
distracting. This to the point where you lose
sight of why you are there in the first place,
or at least what you agreed to when you signed
up. The prospect and excitement of a new job,
especially when things have been confirmed and
formalised, can just add to the confusion.
Go back to basics – revisit your employment
contract that stipulates the terms and
conditions of why you were hired and what is
therefore expected of you. Similarly with your
key performance indicators that tell you what
you are expected to deliver on and by when. All
of this will remind you of the role you are
supposed to be playing in your team and within
the organisation as a whole. Also, by breaking
down the big activities into smaller, manageable
tasks, you provide yourself with simple
step-by-step guidelines of what you need to be
doing on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. This
is a sense of direction and focus for you at a
time when it becomes especially challenging to
stay on track.
Be positive in your outlook and attitude – It’s
easy to be positive and excited about an
upcoming job where the grass is proverbially
greener. But attitude is key to maintaining
loyalty in the job you still hold. It is up to
you to make sure that you still enjoy being
where you are, in spite of the circumstances.
You don’t want to be dragging yourself to the
office everyday; it will bring your mood and
performance down. Keep things on a high in those
last few months; it will help you start on a
much better frame of mind in the next job.