I have resigned from my current company but have serious doubts about my new company. All was going smoothly, but I have heard from some insiders that the role I have been offered may be made redundant given the change in company direction. What should I do?
Well, first, why would anyone want to spoil your excitement? Before you do anything sudden, please don’t make any quick, knee jerk decisions based on rumour and innuendo. It’s a shame the gloss of excitement you have about your new role and its opportunities has been somewhat dulled. I would be querying the motives behind this so-called "advice." Here are just a few questions that you should be asking:
Are these people key decision makers?
Do they have a personal/professional disagreement with the company or their manager?
Are they jealous or threatened by you starting?
Would they be privy to the management and business strategy decisions of the company?
Did they want your job?
Are they trying to protect their own job?
In this fast paced, constantly changing business world in which we all work, we have come to expect there will be inevitable change. In fact, this is what attracts the best and brightest people who want to be repeatedly challenged in their approach to their work. Irrespective of where you go, companies will always be changing to stay ahead in their market. Jobs also change. A lot. There are jobs that didn't even exist five years ago. You (and the insiders) will not be able to take advantage of any opportunities in the short or medium term unless you are actually working in the company! Be excited, start your new role with a positive and proactive attitude. Your new company is still expecting you to start; they wouldn’t have offered you the role if they didn't. It would be a shame for you to miss out due to mere gossip.
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