I think I made a mistake when I took my new job. My old employer wants me back and I’m seriously considering it. What do you think? G.S., Forest Hills, NY
Undoubtedly this is an emotional time for you. Before you make any moves, it’s important that you analyze a few things.
First, why did you leave in the first place? Has something changed at your previous job in the interim or are you just more appreciative of what you had? Will whatever was problematic be solved if you return to your old employer? Your goal is to make a considered and strategic decision. Be very clear with yourself and your prior employer about your expectations and wishes if you do decide to return. That way you’ll know when it’s time to leave for good.
Why did you choose to take the new job? Where has it met your expectations and where are the gaps? Do you like your manager? The people you work with? What exactly is driving your dissatisfaction? Sometimes it just takes a while to settle in. But if there’s a mismatch in values, leaving your new job sooner rather than later is a smart move.
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