“Shift-shock” is a common phenomenon that occurs when an employee undertakes a new role that they then perceive as a poor fit. The feeling of disappointment and dissatisfaction can be overwhelming, and it is crucial to take a professional approach and specific steps to deal with this situation to avoid burning any bridges. Many employees may not be aware that some companies and agencies will be hesitant to work with them in the future if the situation is not resolved professionally.
The first step to dealing with shift shock is to take some time to evaluate the job and the company; your first negative impression may be premature after a few weeks of better understanding your new employer. Consider what it is about the job that you dislike and whether or not there are any aspects that offset those disappointments. Do the pluses exceed the minuses? Another important step is to talk to your colleagues and manager. They may be able to provide you with some insight into the company culture and whether or not there are any opportunities for growth and development. You may find that your concerns can be easily addressed.
If there are no redeeming qualities about the job, it may be best to start looking for a new position. Call your recruiter as soon as possible. Whatever aspects are concerning you, this will be excellent feedback to provide to your recruiter. Without this vital piece of the puzzle, your recruiter may unknowingly attempt to offer you a position that doesn’t address your current concerns. Inform them of your dissatisfaction with the job and express your specific concerns. This is a great time to let them know you have thought this over thoroughly. They will be able to offer you some guidance in your current situation or assistance in finding a more suitable position. It’s always best to be as honest as possible because your recruiter wants the same thing that you do: a mutually beneficial placement! Depending on if you’re a temp worker and how long you’ve been in your new role, you will want to make your decision about this role before you are offered permanent status with the company. With your feedback, future placements will become more geared toward your career goals and needs.
It is also essential to take care of yourself during this difficult time. Make sure that you are getting enough rest and exercise, and try to maintain a positive attitude. This will help you to stay focused and motivated as you navigate the challenges of your new job. Seek support from friends and family. They can provide you with a sounding board for your thoughts and feelings, and may be able to offer you some guidance and support as you deal with shift shock.
All in all, dealing with shift shock can be a difficult and challenging experience, but by taking the steps outlined above, you can begin to navigate this difficult period and find a more suitable position that aligns with your goals and values. Remember to be open and honest with your recruiter and your colleagues, and to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. With time and effort, you will be able to find a new role that you enjoy and that aligns with your career aspirations.