Should your boss know you are in search of a new job?

Should your boss know you are job searching?
Should your boss know you are job searching?

This speaks volume of the present state of the nation’s workforce and the deplorable state of workers welfare. In most cases, some are afraid to share their tales within the confines of their company for fear of victimization and job loss.


How to search for a job without hassles

What then is the best decision to take when one is faced with a very tempting job offer and your thoughts are divided between keeping it secret or disclosing the good news to your boss in the office? I’ve been in a similar situation before and will be sharing from my personal experience.

  • It is never a straight jacket response to be honest, as the feedback will depend on you, your boss and the nature of your workplace. Be careful before rushing into your office to break the good news. The decision to disclose or not is a delicate one to undertake, as it may put your present job at risk.
  • Always Assess the risk involved before contemplating on whether to formally inform your boss or not. I once had a colleague and friend who we both worked together at a Gas power plant. He discreetly applied for a job in a new company and was called for an interview. He became so excited with the prospect of getting a brand new job with  better prospects that he never thought twice before rushing to inform his boss. That was the beginning of his problem as his appointment was quickly terminated.
  • When it comes to the issue of job hunting and the desire to look out for a better opportunity, it is important to weigh the options available before deciding whether to brief your boss about your search for a new job. There are companies that usually give you room to formally inform them of your intention 30 days before your exit. That was exactly what Lukman Adewale did in 2015 when he gave the management of Geregu Power PLC a 30 days’ notice of his intention to leave for greener pasture. The second option is to pay one month basic salary in lieu of notice. What it meant is that you are at liberty to leave at any given time provided you pay the management one month basic salary a day or two before you leave.

Ponder this…. How to tell your boss

These options can be utilized wisely, but in rare cases where the individual feels obligated morally to inform his boss due to their closeness or relationship, he or she can go ahead albeit with some air of caution. You can never tell the response of a boss who has been so attached to you when he or she realizes that you are about to leave for another company.

To everything in life, there is always a time and season attached. A slight delay in timing may be disastrous to the entire system. When it comes to the issue of either informing your boss or not about your search for a new job, timing is very crucial. if your company is going through some serious financial crisis, it will be best to stay put and wait before thinking of informing your boss or not. Its like a house on fire needs to be attended to first before a meeting can be held within the house.

Know the exact time to share this very information if you really feel obligated to do so. Otherwise its best you conceal it to yourself and avoid sharing same information with colleagues who may eventually whisper same to your boss and end up landing you in hot waters.

Some companies have strict policy that restrict staff from secretly looking for job elsewhere as long as they have an existing contract tying them down to their present company. Kassim Umar, a close friend of mine who once worked in a construction company in Qatar, shared his story with me when I asked him about the state of things at his place of work. He confirmed he was given a six (6) months contract with the construction company in Qatar and within that (six) months he was forbidden by his present company from scouting for job elsewhere. Those found to have fallen foul of this strict instruction had their visa and work permit revoked and their contract terminated.

This brings to mind the need to properly Evaluate the situation at your place of work, before taking a decision on informing your boss or not. The outcome of your evaluation will determine your next move and may also impact your future plans negatively or positively. Standard practice is that you don’t inform your boss at your present place of work until you have accepted another offer and you are 100% sure of what their package is.

The key factor is to use your common sense in all you do. Common sense is not all that common though, as some individuals can foolishly use their hands to destroy their destiny all in the name of been smart of been morally upright. If your employers had not taken kindly to other employees who resigned to take up appointment elsewhere, why then should you inform your boss about your next move?

On the other hand, if there have been several cases similar to yours where employees have been treated well, then its okay to go ahead and break the good news to him. The end result will always be determined by you, your boss and your company. It’s a crucial step that will either draw you back and make you stagnant or take you forward in life.


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