So right now I'm on a team where everyone gets along. In fact we get along so well that we'll even get together on the occasional weekend or holiday. In my personal experience and from anecdotes about other people's work experiences this seems to be rather rare, particularly in larger companies with a lot of churn. I really like the group of people I work alongside day after day, but no team lasts forever. People have different priorities and goals and eventually people go their own way. Recently, I have heard murmurings of coworkers considering other options, and while I'm happy for them to be pursuing their own happiness, it's also making me kind of bummed out.
I wouldn't say that I love the work I do, to me it's just a job with work that needs to be done everyday. I don't think there's been more than a handful of days where I looked forward to coming to work in order to work on my work. What has kept me eager to come in every day is the fact that I will get to spend time with people that I like being around. My coworkers makes my job fun. This is great but at the same time a bit concerning. I'm not the most outgoing or sociable person so looking out towards the horizon and seeing my work friends leave has me feeling uneasy about my future work satisfaction.
I'm curious if anyone else has had experience with this. I feel like this must be a fairly normal part of corporate life, as people change jobs all the time in today's world. Does anyone have any advice on how to handle this inevitable change? Is it worth trying to maintain the social dynamic even after job changes? Should I be trying to make more personal connections that will persist after we no longer with together? Or is it better to approach all collegial relationships as inherently temporary going forward and try and find work happiness elsewhere? Any advice would be appreciated.
- Facebook QgLd56I totally get this. The people you work with are a big contributor to workplace culture, and how you feel about your job. There are some teams I’ve worked with that I still really miss.
This is easier said than done, but whenever I move to a new job or group, I try to foster the culture I want to see. What about your current team do you really like? Can you be the person that builds that culture on your new team, if it doesn’t already exist?
- McAfee JohnMcPeeI am currently in the same situation. This is hands down the best team and best manager I have worked for. However, all good things must come to an end. I know that 2019 will bring massive changes to my team, which has seen very less churn (just 2 out of 20) in the last 3 years.
Embrace it. And try to take that air of positivity to your next gig. Oh, and have them follow you or vice versa 😉