In our previous blog post, we discussed the “hunker down” mode in which many employees have been working during the past two to three years and the fact that they’ve been reluctant to actively search for a new job despite their desire to do so. One of the main reasons for this is the fact that they’ve been saddled with additional work and responsibilities due to layoffs and staff reductions (longer hours, more stress, and same pay).

But what if that hasn’t been your situation? Should you still consider a move? That’s a question that ultimately only you can answer. However, any time is a good time to conduct an honest analysis of your current situation. This is even the case if you believe that you’re satisfied with your situation. (After all, there’s a difference between being “satisfied” and being “happy.”) Your job and your career impact not only your professional life, but your personal life, as well, and in ways that you may not have considered.

Consequently, you should conduct an analysis of your situation, even if you haven’t been actively considering a move. This is a healthy exercise that all employees should conduct from time to time. In our next few blog posts, we’re going to address some of the criteria that’s involved when it comes to knowing when it’s time to stay where you are . . . and when it’s time to move on.