Senior partner of CIA Tax Dr Steve Enticott has warned that January is not the time to resign and to at least hold onto the role until there is more stability elsewhere, despite research indicating Australians leave their job within weeks of taking a holiday.
Dr Enticott said: “I know a lot of people don’t like their jobs and would love to throw in the towel, but January is not the time to resign. It’s the time to recalibrate.
“Even if you can’t stand your boss, hate getting on the train every morning or are going crazy sitting in an open-plan office doing work that no longer challenges you or pays well, don’t waste your precious holiday time writing a resignation letter.”
Rather than quitting this January, Dr Enticott suggests staff to stop and reflect on whether they are in the right space to make a career change. He is asking that staff make their plans and reassess their goals so as to remain on track and financially stable.
“We hear stories of entrepreneurs who quit their jobs and appear to become overnight millionaires, but there are also many others who walk away from a stable job before making a single sale who end up struggling financially for a long time because they rushed in too quickly,” Dr Enticott warned.
For workplaces looking at how to inspire staff to stick around after the holiday period, a recent survey found accountants were happier in the workplace if flexibility, ability to work from home and overall job satisfaction were met.
The report found 39.5 per cent of accountants have been feeling overworked and were highly likely to seek out new employment. Of this group, those who do not benefit from flexible arrangements were 40.66 per cent more likely to leave.
But if these needs are still not met, Dr Enticott suggests starting a side gig that would generate enough money to provide financial security between jobs: “Start transitioning now — with the right plans in place — [and] you’ll be your own boss before you know it.”