Exploitation + Exhaustion = Exit Strategy
Exploitation is a strong word, but some of you know that it applies to you.
Your time, talent, and temperament are being taken advantage of.
Your confidence is shaky, your salary is insufficient, and you are discouraged or not allowed to take much-needed time off because you are being emotionally, financially, and professionally abused.
You’re exhausted! Always looking over your shoulder or wondering if you will be stabbed in the back is exhausting. Your workload is as high as your unhealthy performance standards and it’s exhausting. You have no energy for things that bring you joy because you’ve expended it all at work which is exhausting.
There’s a whole lot of foolishness going on, but there’s always a but, right? “But if I can just hold on till the end of the year”, is what you’re telling yourself again. No ma’am. If you keep holding on to what you don’t want, you can’t grab hold of what you do want. Release it. Enough is enough.
While you’re waiting for the end-of-year bonus or holiday vacation time, make sure you’re planning your exit strategy! Your health, wellness, and career progression depend on how quickly you exit this toxic workplace.
Don’t wait until the new year to develop an exit strategy!
If you need help developing an exit strategy and intentionally pursuing career fulfillment, let’s chat.
Nicki Sanders, MSW, CEO, is a Career and Empowerment Strategist who helps high-performing women of color in management go from overworked, underpaid, and unappreciated to energized, well paid, and appreciated. Through Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting, she also helps businesses recruit, hire, train, and retain great employees. Nicki has an extensive background in developing and managing successful programs and leading high-functioning multi-disciplinary teams. She is an accomplished professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has combined her gift for authentic relationships, Master of Social Work degree, and over 20 years of diverse work experience to create a life she loves. Nicki is a lover of cupcakes, travel, and 80’s hip hop and R&B music.
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