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Sam's thoughts on joining ECW and #quietquitting

Updated: Nov 7, 2022

Off the back of a morning run with my new team, I am feeling fresh and the most pumped I have felt in a very long time.

For the first time in just over 4 ½ years I started a new job.

Moving jobs both personally & for your career is a MASSIVE decision. Finding the right opportunity is tough due to the ever-increasing pressures economically and socially post pandemic – as per Mark Walker's post a few weeks ago on ‘Quiet Quitting’ –something I have been a victim of.

Culture & working practice has drastically changed since the pandemic, resulting in what we know as ‘Quiet Quitting’ – slowly withdrawing from extra tasks and hours. Despite the name, it has nothing to do with quitting your job. Showing up for work but staying strictly within the boundaries of your job requirements.

I didn’t just wake up one morning and decide ‘I need a change’ – it was gradual. I needed to overhaul my life which included work and I won’t be the first or last. It isn’t a new phenomenon – coasting, clocking in and out whilst doing the bare minimum, has long been a factor of the workplace.

For various reasons, discontented workers have always found ways to disengage from their job. Working through the pandemic has caused a spike in employee disengagement, once great cultures have been lost or poor cultures have manifested. This lack of communication drives a deepening disconnect between employees and managers.

Although I know the team well here at ECW Search, first impressions only happen once & they can last a lifetime which is one of the reasons, I joined them!

In preparation for starting my new role I want to share my top tips for selecting a new business:

1. Test run everything – commute, home working set up, equipment – make sure it runs smoothly.

2. Meet your wider team and manager outside of interview format and ask the tough questions – What don’t you like? Are they really who they say they are?

3. Do not be afraid to turn down an opportunity if your head and heart aren’t both in it.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask questions when you join – this for me is the most important one.

I felt nervous before starting which is completely normal. But remember, if the company didn’t wholeheartedly believe you were the right person, they wouldn’t have chosen you.

Back yourself and you WILL succeed. If you are quiet quitting, I implore you to make a change!

The team here at ECW Search have made me feel so welcome in my first few days and I can’t thank them enough for that – they understand how difficult this move has been for me. They have gone over and above to make this transition easy. I’m excited to build the delivery function and explore my new horizons here at ECW.

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