The “Grass is Greener” Syndrome…and its Destruction

The “Grass is Greener” Syndrome…and its Destruction

In this week’s podcast, I speak with human resources executive Gloria Reed about the missteps she sees recent college graduates making as they enter the workforce.

One of the issues she sees with 20-somethings is what she calls the “grass is greener” syndrome, and she’s in an industry (healthcare) that experiences quite a bit of this syndrome.

I want to drill down a bit further on this concept in today’s blog. First off, what is this syndrome? If you were going to your doctor with this ailment, here’s how you would describe it:

“Doctor, every time I feel the least bit unhappy or dissatisfied at work, I start thinking about how nice it would be to work in a place that didn’t have _____” (fill in the blank with any /everything you don’t like at your present work place).

“But doctor, I know there are no perfect jobs. But surely there are better jobs than the one I have?”

“I hear what you are saying doctor, but I’m certain I would no longer suffer from this malady if only I could get a different job.”

Here are the problems with “grass is greener” syndrome:

-You become known as a job-hopper, creating a red flag on your resume that potential employers don’t want to get anywhere near.

-You deprive yourself of the opportunity to work through a less-than-desirable work environment, learning how to navigate difficult co-workers or a challenging boss. (Welcome to the real world.)

-You don’t remain in the same job long enough to tackle, and solve, some really big problems. The absence of big wins on your resume will put you at a disadvantage when it comes to seeking higher-level positions with a broader scope.

So here’s the bottom line: THERE ARE NO PERFECT JOBS. Your task, then, is to find a good fit for you, learn all you can, contribute all you can, and run away NOT because the grass is greener elsewhere, but move on gracefully when have genuinely done all you can in your current position.

A final word: Keep in mind that the reason the grass may be greener is because of all the s**t they are spreading around over there.

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